The Misdemeanor Probation Program began operation on January 1, 1993. This program consists of one office in New Port Richey and another in Dade City. Together, these two offices are responsible for supervising all criminal misdemeanor probation cases in Pasco County. The type of cases supervised include, but are not limited to, offenses such as:
The New Port Richey office supervises approximately 1,770 defendants per month and the Dade City office supervises approximately 710 defendants per month. Supervision consists of explaining to each defendant the conditions of probation ordered by the Court, directing them in ways to complete the conditions as ordered and referring defendants to authorized agencies for substance abuse, anger management or batterer's intervention programs for treatment. Each defendant is required to report to his or her probation officer once a month, either in person or by mail, if appropriate.
The supervision of these cases requires that the probation officer verify all paperwork submitted by the defendant or outside agencies, such as community service hours and treatment progress or completion. The probation officer is responsible for preparing terminations upon completion or warrants for all violations of probation.
The Misdemeanor Probation Division provides the State Attorney's Office with copies of the violation affidavit for discovery and all pertinent paperwork required to support the violation of probation. At violation of probation hearings, the probation officer testifies as a witness for the state.
The Misdemeanor Probation Program is completely self-supportive and accomplishes this by requiring that the defendants placed on probation pay a $55 per month cost of supervision fee.