Investigation Services FAQs
Who is doing the investigation on my case?
The investigator will contact you either by mail or telephone. You may also call our front desk at (650) 363-4244 and someone will be glad to answer questions you may have.
Why am I being referred to the Probation Department's Adult Division, Investigation Services?
Most cases are referred to us because courts need more information in order to make appropriate decisions on each case.
How long will the investigation procedure take?
The investigation procedure normally takes 28 days, but the court can extend or shorten it.
Will my employer be notified?
It depends on your case. You may ask your probation officer once you get one assigned.
When will I find out who will be my Probation Officer?
You will find out after sentencing.
Is there a form or application to be filled out?
Yes, the Application for Probation - Deferred Entry of Judgment/Mental Health Diversion, will need to be filled out. A Spanish version, Solicitud Para Libertad Condicional - Programa de Fallo de Juicio Diferido/Program Alternativo de Salud Mental, is also available.
Is it necessary to fill out the entire application?
Yes, please fill out the entire application. By doing so, a better picture of your case can be presented to the judge, which can be an advantage.
How binding on probation are plea bargain agreements negotiated by my attorney with the Court and the District Attorney's Office?
Plea negotiations are considered, but not binding. The Probation Department submits a recommendation to the Court for sentencing based upon various factors, including the law, severity of the offense, prior criminal history, acknowledgement of wrongdoing, remorse, attitude and cooperation, social history, public safety, etc.
What do I need to bring in for my presentence interview?
Please bring the following items to your presentence interview:
- Completed probation application
- Proof of residence
- Proof of employment/Verification of income or financial support
- Proof of medical or mental illness
- Valid driver's license or state identification card
- Proof of US citizenship or immigration status
- Two or three character reference letters
What is the difference between my Pretrial Deputy Probation Officer and my Investigation Deputy Probation Officer?
You report to your Pretrial Deputy Probation Officer while you are released on Supervised Own Recognizance and criminal proceedings are pending. You contact and report to your Investigation Deputy Probation Officer following a referral to the Probation Department for a presentence report. Your Investigation Deputy Probation Officer will interview you and prepare a presentence report for sentencing.
Does the Probation Department have a list of Bay Area Licensed Residential Treatment Programs?
Yes, a list of Bay Area Licensed Residential Treatment Program is available. Please check with your Deputy Probation Officer for approved programs.