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How Does Probation Work in Memphis, TN?

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If you have been found guilty of a felony or misdemeanor crime in Memphis, TN then you are subject to being sentenced for said crime. The sentence can involve jail time, fines or probation, or a combination of each. If you are sentenced to probation in Memphis, TN then the court is essentially saying that they will not order you to jail if you agree to adhere to certain court-ordered conditions for a pre-determined period of time. This includes judicial diversion, which is probation, but the charges are cleared for the offender’s record at the end of the probationary period. This is usually reserved for first-time offenders. 

Pleading Guilty

If you plead guilty to a crime and are placed on probation, there are rules and requirements that are common no matter the crime or type of probation: Such common rules are:

  • Most importantly, you cannot be arrested or issued a misdemeanor citation while on probation.
  • You must periodically meet with your assigned probation officer.
  • Typically, you will have to complete some form of community service during your probation.
  • Pay back all court costs and fines before probation ends.
  • Maintain gainful employment.
  • In some cases, a Judge will order random drug screens or ask that the individual complete a drug offender class, alcohol/drug rehabilitation or some other type of educational course.

The above are illustrative of the most common conditions placed on a Defendant in Memphis, TN. An experienced criminal defense attorney can also advise you of any other conditions a particular Judge is inclined to place on you prior to entering your guilty plea and being sentenced.

Violating Your Probation

If you do not adhere to the conditions of your probation, then the prosecutor/probation officer can ask that the court to issue a violation of your probation. You will then be asked to turn yourself into jail or risk being picked up by the police for such a violation. After being taken into custody your attorney will usually have to request a hearing to determine your sentence. At such a hearing your attorney will be allowed to explain the violations against you to the presiding Judge. The Judge will then determine how to appropriately sentence you. Examples of sentences for a violation of probation can be a dismissal of the charge, additional probation, or jail time.

Need Help? Chiozza Is Here.

If you are facing a criminal charge in Memphis, TN, or a charge of Violation of Probation, call a criminal defense attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm immediately. The Chiozza Law Firm has many years of courtroom experience, dealing with many types of felony and misdemeanor charges. We have successfully helped Memphians charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Theft of Property, Driving While License Suspended, Passing Bad Checks, drug related offenses (including possession charges), Assault and many other crimes.

Feel free to call (901) 526-9494 to speak with a member of our criminal defense team. You may also email criminal defense attorney Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com, or fill out an online form here.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 4:01 PM
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