Chicago Sentence Violations Attorneys
When a defendant is charged with a crime, there are really only two basic court outcomes, guilty or not guilty. Unless the case is dismissed or unless there is a finding of not guilty at trial, the defendant will therefore have to be sentenced by the court. Some of the most common sentences in Illinois are supervision, probation and conditional discharge. Each one of these sentences differs in certain ways, but they all have one thing in common: if the defendant does not follow each and every condition of sentence that the Judge has ordered, they will likely be charged with a sentence violation.
Conditions of a Sentence in Illinois
Conditions of sentence are limited only by the creativity of the Judge and lawyers involved. They certainly will include the requirement that you stay out of trouble and don't get arrested again during the sentence and will almost certainly include the requirement to pay court fines and court costs. That could be everything. But often, the Court also requires the defendant to also see a probation officer, stay away from a victim, attend school, attend counseling, or some of many other conditions or requirements.
You may have been charged with a crime that, for instance, was technically punishable by up to 3 years in the penitentiary such as a Class 4 felony, or up to 1 year in jail such as a Class A misdemeanor. But due to the good work of your attorney or a lenient Judge, as part of your sentence you may have suffered no imprisonment at all and been granted probation. But what happens if you have failed to live up to the conditions of probation that the Judge placed upon you?
Re-sentencing May Be More Severe
The short answer is that if found guilty of a sentence violation, you may be re-sentenced by the Judge and that new sentence may be more severe. It may include punishment up to the maximum penalties that you could have originally been sentenced to. Whether a Judge will violate your sentence depends in large part on the Judge, your lawyer, and exactly what you did or didn't do to violate your sentence. For instance if you're on supervision for a theft, but violated the sentence by getting a speeding ticket, chances are the Judge will let that pass. But if you're on supervision for a suspended license ticket and you pick up a new suspended license ticket, you're probably in much bigger trouble.
Since 1990, the experienced Chicago defense attorneys of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC have been helping people charged with sentence violations. We will carefully examine your original case as well as the subject of the violation and then form the best strategy possible to avoid further punishment. We'll do our very best to convince the Judge to give you a second chance so that you can properly complete your sentence without additional penalty. Whatever your violation is, chances are we have helped other clients before in similar situations. So call us anytime at (312) 644-0444 or (800) 996-4824 to set up a free no obligation consultation or appointment to see how we can help.
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