My bf was told in court and by his lawyer that this probation would be combined with a previous one that expires in August. For a total of 2 years from the end of this month. The new PO assigned for the current issue is saying they won't be combined so his 2 years for this won't start until August. Also, new PO is saying he can't have guns at his property. His charge was a misdemeanor and wasn't on his other contract. Can they do that? It has nothing to do with either charge he's had.
First and foremost your boyfriend should be talking to his lawyer, that is why he hired him. The length of probation is generally a pretty simple question and I suspect that the probation will end two years from when it started. In other words it will not wait to begin. Terms about things like guns can be more problematic. The judge often given discretion to the probation office, however this is something he needs to discuss with his lawyer.
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I totally agree that your bf needs to be talking to his lawyer. That being said, certain terms of probation are often negotiated by a defense attorney working with a prosecutor, the judge, and sometimes probation. Good luck.