If a defendant pleads guilty, no contest, or is found guilty at trial, the Court may request a pre-sentence investigation from the Probation Department. To compile this investigation, the Probation Officer interviews the defendant (and the defendant's parent or guardian in juvenile cases), reviews criminal history and personal background information, contacts the victim(s) if restitution is involved, and provides sentencing recommendations. Probation may be sentenced for up to one year.
The Probation Officer is responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the conditions ordered by the Court. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in further court action, which may include the imposition of suspended fines or jail time. Juveniles may be sentenced to detention for failing to comply with court orders.
A probation sentence may include one or more of the following conditions:
Fines and Court Costs
Probationers are responsible for the payment of fines, fees, and court costs imposed in their case. All probationers have the option of performing community service in lieu of paying fines, costs and fees.
Depending on the type of offense, the Longmont Municipal Court has the authority to order the probationer to serve a jail sentence. Additionally, probationers who are found in violation of probation for failing to comply with the terms and conditions of their sentence may be found in contempt of court and sentenced to jail or detention.
Home Detention (often referred to as Electronic Home Monitoring) is a sentencing alternative often utilized in lieu of incarceration. It may be used a direct sentence or an intermediate sanction by the Court.
Community service is often imposed as a term and condition of sentence. The court may require both adult and juvenile probationers to to perform community service hours. All probationers have the option of performing community service in lieu of paying fines, costs and fees.
Community service must be performed at non-profit, charitable agencies or governmental entities. Juveniles 17 years of age and younger may be required to perform community service hours through the Longmont Juvenile Community Service Program. Probationers 18 years of age and older are allowed to select their own community service agency. The Probation Officers will help individuals select appropriate community service providers.
View the list of nonprofit agencies and City departments that utilize the community service work program.
Probationers who are assessed to be experiencing mental health issues and/or substance abuse issues may be required to comply with court-ordered counseling and treatment. Counseling services are available privately or through both county and state agencies. Juvenile probationers who present substance abuse issues can be referred to a weekly Substance Education Group (SEG) that the department currently contracts with.
Restitution is an order of the court by which offenders are held accountable for the financial losses they caused to the victims of their crimes. Once the offender has been sentenced and the court has ordered the amount to be paid as restitution, a payment schedule is established that details when payments must be made to the court for distribution to the victim.
Drug Urinalysis and Breathalyzer Tests
Probationers who are assessed to be experiencing substance abuse issues may be required to submit to random drug urinalysis and alcohol breathalyzer tests. Testing is administered by several local vendors in Longmont.
For more information, contact the Longmont Municipal Probation at (303) 774-4744 or the Longmont Municipal Court at (303) 651-8688.