Felony Probation

Felony Probation
If you were recently convicted of a felony, then you are probably familiar with the serious nature of the offense. Indeed, only the most serious crimes are considered felonies—such as murder, arson, kidnapping, and rape. As a result, the penalties associated with these crimes are not often lenient. In addition to paying thousands of dollars in fines and fees, you may be sentenced to time behind bars and/or felony probation.

Probation is a form of punishment for individuals who are convicted of a crime. Depending on the nature of the offense and the person’s prior criminal record, a judge may impose probation as an alternative to jail. However, in most felony cases, the person may be sentenced to both jail and probation.

Once you have been placed on probation, the judge will assign a probation officer to you. This person is responsible for monitoring your activities and making sure you do commit any new crimes. Your probation officer will also keep tabs on you throughout your sentence to ensure you are following all of the terms of your probation.

So just what kind of probation terms can you expect? While many of your guidelines will vary based on the laws in your area and the nature of your offense, you will most likely have to meet with your probation officer on a regular basis, as well as report any changes in your employment or home life—such as a new job or address.  

Likewise, if your work schedule changes or you share your residence with a new roommate, you should inform your probation officer immediately. Your probation officer may even confirm this information with your landlord or employer if he or she feels it is necessary.

Most people who are placed on felony probation are not allowed to leave the state without prior written consent from their probation officer.

In general, the length of your probation sentence will range from three to five years, but this can vary based on the laws in your area. Regardless of how long you are on probation, it is important to comply with all of the terms of your sentence.

If you are suspected of violating one or more of your probation rules, your probation officer may request a hearing to determine whether you should be punished for your violation—even if it was a relatively minor offense such as missing a meeting with your probation officer. 

During your hearing, a judge will evaluate the evidence against you to determine whether you are guilty of violating your probation. If convicted, your probation may be extended or modified to include additional restrictions. In some cases, it may even be revoked and replaced with a prison sentence.

Fortunately, with the right legal representation, you may be able to challenge your violation in court and avoid these additional penalties. To determine the best strategy for your case, make sure you discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area today.

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