What is Court Supervision:
Court Supervision is type of sentence a judge might order you to complete. It is between a conviction and a “not guilty.” It allows the court to make you pay fines and court costs and perform certain tasks, for example, community service or drug and alcohol treatment while not placing a conviction on your record.
What is a violation of Court Supervision:
A violation occurs when you failed to complete a part of your sentence. Examples are: if you failed to complete the community service, failed to complete any treatment ordered, were arrested for another case during the period of the court’s sentence.
How to handle a violation Court Supervision:
If the violation is based on not paying your fine and court costs, you can usually simply pay it on the day or a day or two before the violation is before the court. Likewise, if it claimed you failed to complete treatment, going to your court date with the treatment complete will go a long way in having the violation withdrawn by the prosecutor. If however you violation is based on a new case, then the only way to have the violation of court supervision withdrawn is to have the new case dismissed, without any type of sentence.
Do you need an attorney if a violation of Court Supervision is filed against you?
Generally yes. Even if you paid the fine or completed treatment it is possible that a court will still re-sentence you. With an good experienced attorney, you will very likely keep your original sentence.
Why is keeping Court Supervision important:
Because court supervision is not a conviction it is important that you do everything required by the judge, (sentencing order) so that you do not obtain a conviction. A conviction can lead to more serious consequences. For example, the loss of court supervision on a DUI case will cause a person’s driver’s license to be revoked. Further, if your re-sentenced and receive a conviction a future court, should you be sentenced on a matter in the future, to be more likely to enter a conviction against you because you failed to satisfactory complete your prior sentence.
For more specific information and to review the facts of your case, call Attorney Young for a no-obligation consultation.