Man behind bars_edited-1Many times criminal cases are resolved by placing the defendant on probation. Probation is a way to punish the offender, while also teaching valuable lessons and offering a chance at rehabilitation. Probation is not a viable option for all types of criminal cases, and the accused must meet certain criteria before the Court will grant probation. When ordering probation, the Court considers the severity of the crime, the likelihood the offender will flee the jurisdiction, and the number of prior charges.

Probation can take several forms and is overseen by the Department of Corrections. Included in the types of probation you may receive are the following:

● Keeping out of trouble by not being arrested for any new charges, and keeping in touch with a probation officer.

Probation that does not require you to check in with a probation officer.

● Supervised custody, which means you remain under supervision in a controlled setting, such as house arrest.

If you are placed on probation you must abide by the rules of your probationary term in order to receive the benefits of the sentence. Most times probation is ordered in lieu of jail time and upon successful completion, the charges against you are either dismissed or reduced. A probation violation is a serious offense, and may mean you face the full range of punishment for your crime.

If you’ve been charged with a probation violation or have questions about how probation works, call an experienced criminal defense attorney. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.