Probation Services

What does it mean to be on probation?

If you are convicted of a crime in Des Moines or Normandy Park, you are placed on either Monitored Probation or Active Supervised Probation.

Monitored Probation

The probation officer monitors your compliance with court orders including treatment, law abiding behavior, jail/jail alternatives and community service through file checks on a recurring basis for the length of your jurisdiction.

Active Supervised Probation

The probation officer meets with you, the client, one-on-one in an office setting to monitor compliance with court orders, treatment, law abiding behaviors.  During these sessions goal-setting and life skills may also be addressed.  Probation appointments occur as deemed appropriate by the probation officer and risk assessment tools.  You will be on Active Supervised Probation for as long as court ordered.

What will happen if I violate probation rules?

While on probation, you are expected to make your appointments and abide by the orders of the court – the conditions of your sentence. If you are not required to meet with probation, you are expected to abide by the conditions of your sentence. If you fail to appear for an appointment with your probation officer or violate a rule or condition of sentence, a warrant may be issued for your arrest or you may receive a summons to appear in court to answer to the allegation. It is important that you keep your address current with probation and the court at all times.
What kind of relationship can I expect to have with my probation officer?

Your probation officer not only serves the court, but also is available to you as a resource. If you need a referral source, for instance, help finding a treatment provider, a court ordered class, or a place to do community service, do not hesitate to contact probation. Whether you are on monitored or active probation you can utilize the services of the probation officer.  The probation officer is here to help you succeed. Remember, however, that your probation officer is not your attorney and should not be a substitute for consulting with your lawyer regarding your case. Your relationship with the probation officer is not confidential.

Additional Services offered:

COPING WITH ANGER MRT

Offered at Des Moines Municipal Court and open to outside referrals.
This class is offered in lieu of the traditional Anger Management Level 1 or 2 course.  It is Moral Reconation Therapy developed specifically for those needing assistance in identifying triggers, the evolution of their anger and seeking alternatives to internalizing or externalizing the emotions surrounding their anger.  The class is a minimum of 8 weeks in person as well as workbook modules that must be completed prior to each session.  

More information can be obtained through the following documents: