For many first time offenders, agreeing to enter a plea in exchange for going on probation is an attractive way to resolve criminal charges. Being placed on probation allows a defendant to avoid going to jail, while still being “punished” for the crime charged. The key to successful probation is to follow all of the rules, and stay out of trouble for the entire term of probation. If this sounds like something you are able to do, it is important to know if probation is even an option for your particular case.
In order to be placed on probation, certain requirements must be met. Two ways to qualify for probation include the following:
- There are no prior convictions on your record.
- You have not been charged with a felony in the past.
Most of the time, probation is available for first time offenders and those charged with lesser crimes. If you are successful while on probation, when the probationary term expires the charges against you will either be reduced or dismissed. A reduction in charges or even a dismissal will help keep your record clean, which is important for things like applying for a job or certain licenses. The result depends on the agreement you made when entering probation. Every agreement is different, so before you decide to take an offer of probation from the prosecution it is critical that you fully understand what will be expected of you. Any misunderstanding, even one that seems innocent, can result in a revocation of your probation. Something as minor as forgetting to check in with your probation officer, or taking a trip outside of the state might be a violation of your probation. So, before showing up for your Court appearance, call a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to protect your interests. We will explain your options, and help you to understand all of the terms of your probation. When you have a clear understanding of what you are supposed to do while on probation, you will be more likely to be able to successfully complete your probation without incident and receive the benefit of the agreement made. Call our office to learn more.
For help defending criminal charges and deciding whether probation is right for you, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. We help people charged with all sorts of crimes in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Call today to schedule an appointment.