I am currently in violation of my federal probation for associating with my boy friend whom has pending drug possession charges, but has not ever been convicted of a felony. the probation office and prosecutor is recommending jail time and my federally appointed public defender says i am looking at jail time. my P.O. told me that he could only recommend that i do not have contact with my boyfriend but once he is convicted then i will be ordered to have no contact with him. i am a single mom raising 3 children one of which had his 2nd open heart surgery less than 2 mos ago. i was sentenced to 4 yrs probation being a level 4 and charged with maintaining a drug involved premises. i guess the question i am asking is could having a privately appointed lawyer keep me out of jail to be with my children or is it solely up to the judge and the prosecutors recommendation? please help!!