When you get arrested for a crime one of your first thoughts is probably along the lines of what you can do to stay out of jail. One option is to deny the charges and take your case before the Judge or jury to ask for a finding of not guilty. But there are other options, and for many it is nice to know what choices exist because putting your fate in the hands of the Court or a jury is too risky. One of the most popular options is to go on probation. The point of probation is to punish defendants without sending them to jail, and is available in certain types of cases. If your case is eligible for probation, there are some things you will need to know before you make an agreement. Without knowing what you are getting into, it will be hard to be successful, so we explain things to you fully beforehand to ensure your success after making the agreement.
Three important things to know about probation before agreeing to a probationary term are:
- It only works if you follow the rules. The minute you stray from the course of requirements, your probation can be revoked. If your probation is revoked you will no longer get the benefit of the agreement made, and will also have to defend against the new charge of violation of probation.
- It is not easy, and will require you to put forth some effort. There may be terms that require you to have equipment installed in your car, like an interlock device if you are charged with DUI. Or, you may have to perform a certain number of community service hours or attend court ordered drug and/or alcohol rehabilitation programs. It is essential that you make the time to comply with these requirements, or you will be hard pressed to complete all that is required of you in time.
- It requires you to make a commitment to see it through to the end. We find that making arrangements to comply with things that you do not normally do as soon as possible after entering probation increases the chances of your success. No one likes to run out of time on a big project at work or school, and if you look at probation the same way and plan in advance you will be more likely to be pleased with the end result.
We can help you negotiate probation terms you can stick to, and that you understand. We can also help if you have violated your probation. Call us today to find out more.
If you questions about probation, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.