How probation can be both a gift and a curse
So, what exactly is probation and how can it be a bad thing? Probation is, essentially, supervised freedom. While on probation, you cannot drink or do drugs. You are subject to random testing and failure can result in probation being revoked and possible jail time. You are subject to random searches of your person and property, at any time, for any reason, by any identified law enforcement officer. Refusing to consent to a search can result in a violation and possible jail time. Your actions are highly regulated. You cannot leave the state and/or country without permission, you must check in with your probation officer regularly, you can be compelled to submit to psychological evaluations, drug and alcohol rehab, additional education, etc. If you get into any legal trouble while on probation you may be subject to a probation violation and you can be sent to jail for the remainder of your probationary period.
Very often people don’t bother to understand the terms of their probation before agreeing to them. For instance, many people fail to complete ordered community service and/or pay fines and then are surprised when they find themselves before the judge trying to stay out of jail. Before agreeing to probation, make sure you speak with an experienced lawyer that can explain to you the pros and cons of accepting probation. Your lawyer should also be negotiating to get the least amount of time on probation as possible, because as we all know, the longer someone is on probation the higher the chances that he/she will get in trouble again.
Even for what you may consider to be a minor offense, make sure you consult a lawyer before agreeing to any deal or plea bargain. It is not the District Attorney’s job to give you a good “deal”. The DA is not on your side, they work for the state and their job is to protect the state’s best interest. Be sure you have someone on your side to fight as hard for your rights as the DA will fight for the state.
Call Attorney Brandy Porter at KDH Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation about your case. Attorney Porter will stand by your side and fight for you.