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Three Differences Between Probation And Community Control

If you have been arrested and want to avoid going to jail, negotiating terms of probation is a good way to accomplish this goal. Many criminal cases are resolved by allowing the defendant to remain free from incarceration, but still punished in some fashion. Two different ways you can serve your sentence without going to jail are by going on probation, or being placed under community control. These forms of punishment have significant differences, and it is beneficial to know these differences if you are considering either.

Three differences between probation and community control are:

  • Community control is more like being under house arrest, since it is a form of punishment that lets you serve your sentence outside the walls of the jailhouse, but does require that you not leave your home. You will… Continue reading

Three Things To Remember While On Probation

Agreeing to go on probation as a way to avoid to jail works in a large number of criminal cases, as long as you know what to do during the probationary term. But if you are not aware of what is required of you while you are on probation, you run the risk of committing a probation violation. If you are charged with a violation of probation you can have your probation revoked and will also have to defend against the violation. So to make the most of the agreement you made when going on probation, it is critical to make sure you know what to expect. A good defense attorney will explain your probation terms to you, and negotiate for terms you can follow.

While every case a different set of terms of probation, there are some things that apply… Continue reading

Three Tips For A Successful Probation

Agreeing to go on probation sounds like a good idea if you have been charged with a crime, because it will keep you out of jail. If you have a family, a job, or other responsibilities staying out of jail will allow you to carry on with your life. But the only way you can reap the benefits of probation is if you follow all of the rules. To do that, you will need to know what you are supposed to do, and it is always good to have some pointers.

Three tips for having a successful probation are:

  • If you are required to perform community service, be sure to schedule it early. The sooner you start checking things off your probation to do list, the sooner you can rest easy knowing you are course for success. But, if you put off things that need… Continue reading

Three Important Things To Know About Probation

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… Continue reading

Five Ways To Violate Probation

Agreeing to go on probation as a way to resolve a criminal case against you can keep you out of jail. But this only works if you are able to follow all of the rules of your probation, and stay out of trouble the entire time. If you commit a probation violation, your probation will be revoked and you will be in more trouble than when you first arrested. But sometimes it is not always clear that something you’ve done violates your probation. In order to be successful while on probation it is critical to fully understand what is expected of you, so you can take the steps necessary to comply.

Five ways to violate probation, and what you can do to make sure you don’t commit one of these violations are:

Three Things To Know About Probation Violations

Agreeing to go on probation is a good way to resolve a criminal case against you. But in order for this option to work, you have to stay on track with your probation and do everything that’s been ordered. This is easy for some people, but others struggle to comply. If you are not able to follow the rules of your probation, you can be charged with a probation violation. A probation violation is a new crime that you have to defend, and you will also have to face the full weight of the original charges against you.

Three things to know about a probation violation and what you can do if you have been charged with one include the following:

  • Revocation: if you violate your probation, you will no longer be on probation and will have to defend the original charges against… Continue reading

The Three Most Important Things To Know About Probation

If you have been arrested for a crime, you might be thinking about going on probation as a form of punishment. To be sure, probation is a popular way to resolve criminal cases and the number of people on probation grows daily. The benefit to you is that you get to stay out of jail, and the benefit to the prosecution is that they get to impose a punishment on you. The terms of probation are considered your punishment, and they can be hard to follow. But, if you are successful, you will enjoy the reward of the bargain you made, which typically includes either dismissal or reduction of the charges against you upon successful completion of probation.

But, staying on track can be hard, especially if you are not clear about the requirements. Here are the three most important things you can know… Continue reading

Three “Tricks” To Staying On Track During Probation

If you have ever known anyone who has been on probation, you have probably heard stories about what they have to do in order to finish their probationary term. Sometimes the requirements seem out of reach, and other times it might seem like only a minor inconvenience to follow the rules. The requirements vary from case to case and can be more stringent with more serious charges. Regardless of what your requirements are, the consequences for a violation are the same no matter what type of case has been filed against you. When probation is violated you can expect to have it revoked, that you will be charged with a probation violation crime, and that you will also have to face punishment for the original charges in full. This might mean spending some time in jail, or having serious charges wind up on… Continue reading

Two Possible Punishments For Probation Violations, And How To Avoid Them

A lot of criminal defendants decide to go on probation as a way of resolving the case against them. Probation is a useful tool, in that it keeps you out of jail but also gives the State the sense that you are still being punished and held accountable for your actions. In most cases, if you can successfully complete all of the terms of your probation, the charges will either be dropped or at least reduced. This is a significant benefit, especially when the charges are traffic related, because a reduced charge might keep your insurance from going up and can also keep harmful points off of your driving record. But what happens if you make a mistake, and are not able to follow all of the rules of your probation?

When probation is violated, the terms are revoked. What this means is… Continue reading

The Two Best Reasons To Follow The Rules Of Probation

Let’s face it, no one wants to go to jail when they get in trouble. But the possibility is very real, unless you take action to find a way to “serve” your time outside the four walls of the prison. The most popular way to do this is to agree to go on probation if you have been arrested and charged with a crime. But, there are certain restrictions in place concerning eligibility to be placed on probation and what you have to do to say on probation. If you do qualify for probation, you will be expected to follow all of the terms of your probationary sentence. And, if you do not, you stand a good chance of having your probation revoked.

Two of the best reasons to follow the rules of probation include: