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What is probation and is it a better than jail in Maryland?

What is probation and is it a better than jail in Maryland?

If you’ve been convicted of a crime and now face time on probation, you need to understand what probation really means to you. Probation is simply the suspension of a jail sentence; that means that instead of spending your time in jail, you can live in your home, stay in your community and participate in the actions approved by the courts.

There are certain court-ordered rules that you will have to follow. You will have a probation officer that you have to speak to regularly to make sure you’re following the law as required. Your time on probation will be determined by the courts, but it typically lasts up to three years.

There are a number of conditions of probation that you’ll have to follow. Yours may vary, but some that are often used include meeting with your probation officer at regular intervals and at set times, going to court for appearances when required, avoiding going to restricted places or avoiding the people you aren’t allowed to see according to the court order. Typically, you can’t travel out of state without approval from your probation officer, which means you can’t take trips that aren’t approved. You may also have to submit drug or alcohol tests when asked.

If you violate probation, then you may have to spend time in jail, have an extended period of probation or even have your probation revoked. You could have to face heavier probation terms, like wearing an ankle tracker or be forced to pay large fines.

Because of the varied options available to the courts, you need to have someone on your side when these decisions are made. Make sure you protect your best interests and know your legal options.

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