If you have been charged with a crime and are considering going on probation to resolve those charges, you will want to know some information about how probation works before you make a final decision. If you are not able to fully comply with all of the rules and regulations of your probation, it can be revoked and you may wind up serving time behind bars. It is critical that you talk over the terms offered with your attorney, so you are clear about what is expected of you during your probationary term. If you are not able to meet a requirement, the time to try and find an alternative is before probation begins. One mistake along the way can cost you your freedom, and that is not what anyone wants when they agree to accept probation.
Tree important things to know about probation, which will help you to be successful during your probationary term, are:
- Probation is a way to stay out of jail. When you agree to go on probation, it is usually done through entering a plea. The benefit to you is that in exchange for the plea, you get to stay out of jail. The benefit to the prosecution is that you are still “punished”.
- The terms you agree to will have to be approved by the Court before they become final. So before the Judge hears both sides, be sure that you understand the offer and that you are able to meet the requirements. Because once the Court gives its blessing, you will be bound to the terms and expected to follow them until your probation comes to an end.
- If you are able to stay out of trouble while on probation, and receive no new arrests or charges, you will be rewarded with the promises made when probation began. In most cases this will be a reduction or dismissal of the charges. But, if you slip, your probation can be revoked and you will have to face the full range of possible punishment for the charges against you as well as defend against the charge of violating probation.
For information on what you can do to avoid a probation violation, and what you can expect if you agree to go on probation for a certain offense, call a one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys.
For help with your probation, or to learn what to do if you are charged with a probation violation, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.