Can a judge give a defendant probation? 3 Answers as of July 19, 2011

I do not want trial by jury but can the judge give me probation?

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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
It depends on many factors. I would highly suggest you discuss this with your lawyer.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/19/2011
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
It depends on what kind of charge. The judge cannot give probation after a conviction on certain cases. You should listen to your lawyer's advice about whether to have a jury or bench trial. Generally, unless the judge is a really great and super fair jurist, I would go to the jury if there are guilt / innocence issues. Remember, judges are elected officials and generally more worried about reelection than being a fair judge - sad, but true.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/16/2011
Aaronson Law Firm
Aaronson Law Firm | Michael Aaronson
Yes, so long as you are legally eligible a judge may give you probation
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/16/2011
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