Understanding Probation

As a result of a conviction in a criminal case, people are sometimes granted a break, or probation, rather than serve jail time. Simply put, probation places individuals under the watchful eye of the court or probation officer. The terms of a person’s probation varies from case to case, and violating those terms often results in going to jail. You may be wondering—why do some individuals receive jail time, while others are given probation? While several factors are at play, the type of representation the individual has makes the greatest difference.

To better understand the types of probation, consider the following:

Formal “Felony” Probation

With emphasis on the word, felony, this type of probation is generally for those committed of a felony crime. Probation in this sense is stringent, requiring the person to regularly check-in with the probation officer. He or she is also closely monitored to ensure that the terms of the probation are followed. In turn, formal felony probation services require that the convicted person pay for their probation services.

Summary “Misdemeanor” Probation

As a less intrusive type of probation, summary probation is granted to those accused of a misdemeanor crime. Unlike formal felony probation, the person does not check-in with the court or probation officer. Thus, the person is given the terms of the probation to carry out independently. Typically, summary probation will expire without the need for the person to attend a court hearing or meeting. For offenders that have committed a misdemeanor deemed a “one time mistake,” summary probation is often the type given.

In a word, probation matters are complicated, and not having experienced representation may result in hefty fines, sanctions, or time in jail. This is why it’s critical to consult an efficient attorney that will stand for your rights.

With every client, Shepard, Plunkett, & Hamilton, LLP provides individualized legal services that yield optimal results. Our attorneys understand the burden of not understanding the law. We also know how this may affect your case—and your life. That’s why we work tirelessly on the front end to resolve your case quickly. For trusted representation, contact Shepard, Plunkett, & Hamilton, LLP. 

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