Almost everyone knows the general meaning of probation, but unless you or someone you know has been previously placed on probation by a court, or unless you’re a Massachusetts probation violation lawyer, most people don’t know the details. This post will address the details of Massachusetts criminal probation issues, and I’ll publish it in three parts – Part One today.
WHAT IS PROBATION?
Since almost everyone knows this answer, not much is needed here: Probation consists of terms and conditions that a court imposes on a criminal defendant who has been convicted of, or who has admitted to, some type of criminal offense. Probation can also be imposed in the absence of a guilty finding, or before any trial, if the defendant consents. This is called “pretrial probation,” and in some circumstances is actually a very favorable disposition, depending on the offense, the facts, and the potential penalties if the defendant were to go to trial and be found guilty. Continue reading