William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
While it might be possible, it is more likely that if you are found in violation of probation the court will impose is jail some portion of the sentence that it had suspended previously. Ultimately, sentencing depends on whether you are found in violation, your prior record, how serious these are in the court's eyes, mitigation, and allocution. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
If you have not plead guilty already then DON'T. Get a lawyer. They may be able to work out something where you end up with no criminal record. This is huge. Criminal records are FOREVER. What employer wants to hire a thief.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
You really are confused. Probation is what comes after a conviction in court. Community sentence is a term of probation. Don't confuse apples with oranges. Now petty theft is a crime of moral turpitude, so if convicted you can kiss your school and career aspirations for life. Hire a lawyer before you end up working at Burger King the rest of your life.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Offices of Laurie A. Schmidt, P.C. | Laurie Schmidt
Having to complete community service hours in Colorado is typically and term and condition of probation. If you are moving out of state, or going home for the summer arrangements may be made so that you can complete it or transfer probation entirely to another state. An attorney could assist you through this process.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
The Houser Law Firm, P.C. | A. Bowden Houser
Generally speaking, community service is part of probation. However, instead of doing active jail time, it may be possible to be placed on probation, do some community service and pay restitution (if any). Also, each district has their own policies regarding how cases are handled. It may be possible to earn a dismissal if you comply with certain requirements and you may be eligible for deferred prosecution. Consult with a local criminal law attorney who can provide you with all your options.
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Law Office of Russell A. Warren | Russell A. Warren
There are a variety of sentence options that could happen on your case. There could be an "amendment" of your charge down to a lesser violation or a probationary sentence. You will not "just" be granted community service. Community Service is usually assessed as a "condition" of any probation.
Answer Applies to: Missouri