You must report on the day and time your Probation Officer tells you to. If you have an emergency or illness that prevents you from keeping your appointment, call and speak directly to your Probation Officer or Office Supervisor and get a new appointment.2. What should I bring to my appointment with my Probation Officer?
6. How can I get information about services in
You can call INFOLINE at 2-1-1. INFOLINE is a way you can get help by telephone or on the internet at www.infoline.org. The hearing impaired can also reach the INFOLINE by TDD.
INFOLINE can provide you with information on the
following: housing, financial needs, health insurance, substance abuse and
mental health treatment, social services, benefits, suicide prevention, and
help in a crisis.
The caseworkers can speak different languages.
INFOLINE is toll-free from anywhere in Connecticut and available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
7. Am I responsible to pay for my treatment
You may have to pay for your treatment. However, you may be eligible for services through private or state funding, free services or services that are offered at a reduced cost.
8. What do I do if I am arrested?
If you are arrested, charged with any offense, or have any police contact, contact your Probation Officer, no later than 48 hours of it happening. You may do this in person or by telephone.
9. Can I go out of state?
You may not travel or move out of state without permission from your Probation Officer.
10. Can I carry a firearm?
No probationer may possess any firearms if on probation for a felony or a misdemeanor crime of illegal possession of drugs, domestic violence involving the use or threatened use of physical force or convicted for having a deadly weapon.
Probationers convicted of certain misdemeanors, as listed in your standard Conditions of Probation, may not possess any firearms.
If you are subject to a Protective and/or Restraining Order or other court orders not to possess any weapons, you are expected not to own, possess or purchase any weapons or items that could be used as a weapon.
11. What is Violation of Probation?
When you fail to follow the conditions of your probation it is a violation of probation.
If you fail to follow any of your conditions or you
get arrested, your Probation Officer may return your case to court.
There will be a court hearing and if a violation is proved, you may be sentenced to jail.
12. What if I have a “No Contact” order?
You must not have or attempt to have any contact with the person or place. If that person tries to contact you, do not agree to make contact. Tell your Probation Officer immediately.
13. What does it mean when my case is
supervised by a private company?
If appropriate a private company that contracts with the Office of Adult Probation will monitor your compliance with your probation conditions. At intake you will review and sign a letter telling you who to call in case of changes, arrest, and permission to travel out of state. The letter will also tell you where to mail your proof of completion of any programs, proof of community service hours completed, restitution payments and other required items. If you are notified by letter or telephone to give a urine sample, you are expected to follow the instructions.
14. I was just released from prison, what is
the first thing I should do?
Your probation begins the day you are released from prison and you are expected to immediately contact Adult Probation.
15. Do I have to give a DNA sample?
If you are notified by letter to give a DNA sample, follow all of the instructions in the letter about who to contact for an appointment and where to go for the appointment. You will need to bring two forms of identification to the appointment. Your refusal to give a DNA sample is a Class A Misdemeanor and can be a violation of your probation.
16. Where do I send my restitution payments
You will be given a form with instructions about your restitution and what is required. Payments must be in the form of a bank check or money order and mailed to CSSD Restitution Unit, 936 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield, CT 06109. You must include your printed name, date of birth, and social security number with your payment.
17. Who do I pay my court fines and fees to?
You will make your court payments directly to the Clerk’s Office at the court.
18. Can I vote?
Yes, but first you must be registered in the town where you live and if you were locked up you may have to restore your voting rights. If you have any questions, contact the Connecticut Secretary of State Elections Office: (860) 509-6100, Toll Free (800) 540-3764, TDD (860) 509-6191.
19. What are my rights as a probationer?
You have the right to be treated in a respectful and professional manner that is free of any form of harassment, bias or discrimination because of your race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, place of birth, disability and political views.
20. What do I do if I feel my rights have been
First, talk to your Officer and try to resolve your problems with your Officer.
If you feel that you can’t resolve your problems with
your Probation Officer, ask to speak to your officer’s supervisor.
If you still cannot resolve the problem you can call the Human Resource Manager to make an oral complaint or you can request a grievance form from the office supervisor and send it to the CSSD Manager of Human Resources, 936 Silas Deane Hwy., 3rd Floor, Wethersfield, CT 06109, 1-866-627-1583.
Your probation will not be negatively affected just because you filed a complaint. Filing a complaint does not relieve you from your responsibilities to the court.