Are you facing criminal charges in Oregon? Depending on the severity of the offense, you may be eligible for probation instead of jail time. An experienced Oregon criminal defense attorney can review the charges you are facing and advise you if probation is an option.
What is probation and am I eligible?
Probation allows an offender to serve their sentence while living in their community but under the close watch of a probation officer or the court. Those on probation must follow certain terms set by the court and their actions are closely observed. Probation can be offered immediately after being found guilty of a crime, or it can be a portion of a larger sentence including jail time.
Sentencing lengths for probation depend on the severity of the crime committed. Most probation sentences range from eighteen months to five years, though sentences can be shorter or longer depending on the case.
Not every offense is eligible for probation. If an offender has committed a minor crime and has never been convicted before, there is a better chance that they will be sentenced to probation instead of jail time. Probation is still considered a conviction and will be listed on your record, but it is a better alternative than serving a jail sentence.
Common Probation Terms
When sentenced to probation, each offender is given specific terms that they must follow. While specific terms are set on a case by case basis, some common terms of probation include:
Those who violate their probation terms, may face jail time or a longer period of probation. When a term of probation is violated, it is up to the assigned probation officer to determine if the violation warrants a warning or a more serious probation violation hearing. If a hearing is called for, a judge will determine if the probation terms were truly violated and will either assess additional penalties, more probation terms, revoke probation completely, or sentence the offender to jail time.
Quality Oregon Criminal Defense
Of course, avoiding a criminal conviction is the best option. In some cases, however, charges may be unavoidable, and probation is preferable to serving jail time. If you are facing criminal charges and are curious about probation, consult a qualified Oregon criminal defense attorney immediately. Portland area attorney Casey Kovacic can review your case and advise you on your best defense. Call (503) 693-8725 to schedule a consultation today.
Casey Kovacic is a criminal defense lawyer practicing in the greater Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. He handles every type of Oregon state criminal case. From DUI's and other misdemeanors to homicide charges, he brings an unwavering commitment to pursuing a fair and just outcome for every client he defends.