What will happen when I go to court for a 4 year old probation? 3 Answers as of April 04, 2011

He was sentenced to 6 months jail time and 4 years and 6 months probation under "First Offenders" after being convicted of felony shoplifting. Almost 4 years later he was convicted of a similar felony and received 90 days/ 2 for 1 plus time served (45 days) and 8 years probation intensive probation. What is the likely outcome when he reports to court for probation violation stemming almost 4 years ago?

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Goolsby Law Office
Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
It is important that he retain an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible to advise him as to all his rights and options. Generally, one of the bad things about first offender probation is that, potentially, even at the last day of the probationary period, the judge may revoke probation and sentence to the maximum that he or she could have sentenced originally. Again, your attorney will know how to handle this and advise you. Good luck!
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 4/4/2011
Andrew R. Lynch, P.C.
Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. | Andrew R. Lynch
A first offender is violated by a subsequent conviction. The judge is legally authorized to convict you of the original charge and resentance you To prison time. This is more common when your subsequent offense is similar as in your case.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 4/4/2011
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
I think he is going to jail for at least a minute. Four years ago, he appeared on a felony shoplifting, and with no prior felony convictions (that what first offender means), the judge gave a sentence of six months jail. The items taken must have been expensive, or the store was in a tough jurisdiction (where judges do not play) or the defendant proved himself to be a clown. After getting 1st offender probation, but before the 1st offender probation ended, the accused entered a plea to another shoplifting, without know what the first offender judge would do (which the attorney, if there was an attorney could have easily checked). Good example of what should not occur. Good luck, but you should be prepared to bring your toothbrush.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 4/4/2011
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