I’ve Been Sentenced to Probation. What Can I Expect?
Facing a criminal charge can be one of the most stressful situations you ever encounter. Additionally, if you are convicted, your stress level may only increase as you wait for your final sentence. Your lawyer can help you prepare for your sentencing, but it may be difficult to completely eliminate the stress that it carries. If you are sentenced to probation, it can initially feel like weight has been lifted off your shoulders. After all, being sentenced to probation means you will not go to jail, right? Yes, but only if you comply with all the terms of your probation. Violating your probation can mean spending time in jail. While you are on probation, be sure to comply with all of its terms.
The Court will Impose Requirements on You
Your probation term will come with requirements. You must comply with these requirements for the duration of your probation term.
The requirements you face depend largely on the nature of your conviction. Specific requirements the court may impose include:
- Registering as a sex offender;
- Completing a drug or alcohol abuse rehabilitation program;
- Undergoing psychological counseling;
- Completing an anger management course;
- Taking drug tests on a regular basis; and
- Paying restitution to victims affected by your actions.
Courts also impose general requirements for most or even all probation cases. These include:
- Regular check-ins with probation officers;
- Paying court fees and fines;
- Obeying all laws;
- Remaining in the designated city or state and obtaining permission to leave when necessary;
- Maintaining regular employment;
- Only changing jobs or residences with permission to do so;
- Not owning firearms; and
- Avoiding association with individuals who have criminal records.
An individual on probation might not necessarily face all of these requirements. Probation requirements are tailored to individuals’ cases as deemed appropriate by the court.
If You Violate the Terms of your Probation, Expect to Head to Jail
A violation can be as simple as failing to meet with your probation officer at your required time. It can also be a more substantial issue, like being charged with a new offense. Any probation violation is grounds for a probation violation charge, which can mean heading to jail.
You can fight a probation violation charge just like you can fight any other criminal offense. If you are charged with violating your probation, discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to determine the appropriate defense strategy.
Work with an Experienced Geneva Criminal Defense Lawyer
When you are accused of committing a criminal offense, the first step you should take is to schedule a legal consultation with an experienced Naperville criminal defense lawyer. Developing a solid legal defense strategy with your lawyer can be the difference between probation and incarceration, or even the difference between being convicted and having your charge dismissed. Contact our team at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today to set up your initial consultation with us.