I am on supervised probation for Conspiracy to Distribution from 2012.I got 5 years probation and 18 years back up. I will be off probation in September of this year. Last November I got a driving on a suspended license. I went the next day and paid the ticket and now have a valid license. At trial, I pleaded out to a PBJ and a weekend in jail. Tonight I was served a summons for the VOP. I would also like to add that I have completely turned my life around and I now work in a drug treatment facility as a recovery mentor and have been taking classes to become a peer support specialists. I've been at my job for a year and a half. I am so scared because I do have a lot of backup time and being incarcerated will ruin my life and all the progress that I've made. I am also a single mother.
The ultimate decision is up to the judge. You should bring proof that you had your license reinstated the next day along with the work you are doing in the drug treatment facility and the classes you are taking. Since the driving on a suspended license is not a drug charge or serious crime, there is a possibility that the judge will not send you to jail. You can explain that this was all due to an unpaid traffic ticket.
You should be represented by an attorney at the VOP hearing. If you cannot afford a private attorney, contact the Public Defender as soon as possible and no later than 10 business days before the court date.
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Did you report this to your PO, or did they just catch you? An attorney can help you.
This information is provided as general guidance only, not actual legal advice. I have not reviewed your paperwork, and unless this is a Maryland case, I am not licensed to practice law in your State. The fine points of your question are often found in the laws of your State. So, this response is not intended to be legal advice and you should not rely on this information to make decisions. I urge you instead to consult with a local attorney.
A conviction of any kind of Jailable offense could lead to a violation of probation. What the judge does based on that violation would be entirely up to the judge. It would be helpful to contact an attorney. It could also be helpful to know what county that PBJ was given in this sentence sounds familiar and based on that information and attorney could provide additional information on how to assist you.
No one can guarantee the outcome, but an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate defenses and mitigation.
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