I just want to know.Are they in trouble? They were locked up for shoplifting last year,have been on probation since August 2010.Are they in trouble,will they have to do some jail time or will they get off like community service?
Yes they are in trouble. They need to hire a lawyer. Since you are telling us that this person is on probation for multiple crimes, probation can be revoked for up to two years for a new miisdemeanor battery or for the balance of all sentences if this new crime is a felony. You need to hire a lawyer.
Yes. They are in trouble. No one can predict what will happen on the information provided. "Someone" needs a lawyer, now.
Probation means you have already been convicted of a crime. A judge decided that you did not need to be imprisoned to protect society, but you are subject to being searched or locked up at any time if someone thinks that decision might have been wrong. You have one foot in the jail cell already!
When talking to clients considering probation, I often compare it to being like moving back home with a step-parent who doesn’t like you. That step-parent gets to set your hours, tell you who your friends are, tell you where you can and cannot live, and talk to your boss at work. If he/she thinks you are breaking a rule, you can be put into jail until a decision is made. It is a significant change in your liberty.
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The person is looking at getting sentenced for the new crime, and up to the maximum for the old crimes he is on probation for.
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They could be arrested for probation violation. They need an attorney. Please feel free to have them give my office a call.
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