Caught a solicitation charge by an undercover officer. Im on probation. What plea agreement can i take to not do jail time and also have it dropped?
You'd have to work that out with the states attorney or you could hire an attorney to represent you. You could ask to do community service in exchange for a dismissal or a stet but bc you're on probabton I'd advise hiring an attorney to help you out or contact the public defenders office if you can't afford an attorney. If you want a Public defender make sure you do it At least 10 BUSINESS DAYS before Court.
You got two different issues you are facing here. You've got a new charge which typically can be worked out with something less than jail time. However, you are already on probation, and at least allegedly, have committed a new crime while on probation. That, most likely, is going to result in a violation of probation proceeding. The amount of time that you face is going to depend on the crime for which you are on probation. I'd suggest you immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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You should hire an attorney to represent you. A guilty finding or PBJ for the solicitation charge will violate your probation. Consult with an attorney to discuss your case.
If you cannot afford a private attorney, you should contact the Public Defender as soon as possible and no later than 10 business days before the court date.
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Every prosecutor's office handles these cases differently. Sometimes the focus is is primarily to shut down the backpage.com and craigslist.com ad business in the county by trying to dry up the demand with these sting operations, knocking out all the "johns" by scaring them off from ever responding again. This goal is often achieved with the issuance of the criminal citation, and the defense lawyer and prosecutor end up agreeing to having the charge dropped with a promise not to re-offend (a conditional nolle prosequi, which is a discretionary discontinuance of the prosecution that allows the defendant to file an expungement of the charge from the public record and remove it from a criminal background check). It depends on whether this is a first offense for this charge, as well as the nature of any other prior criminal record. If the solicitation charge is successfully dropped, the VOP will likely be dropped. You'll need a lawyer for both.
Usually the prosecution doesn't just drop charges, because the defense ask for that. The prosecution enters nolle prosequi when they just don't have the evidence to proceed. You can try to negotiate for no jail time, but even if you succeed, the conviction or even pbj would violate the probation that you're already on. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate defenses and mitigation.
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