Probation (adjective) – In criminal law, probation is a sentence that allows a defendant to avoid doing jail time if he or she follows the law for a finite amount of time. Usually a judge will require an individual to report to a probation officer that will monitor the individual’s progress to ensure he or she is complying with the judge’s orders.

  • Janette was caught with two grams of marijuana and the judge sentenced her to six months of probation and mandatory drug counseling.

Also see Probation Officer.