Understanding The Judge’s Decisions

Most people are familiar with the punishments of our criminal justice system. However, many people do not understand how a judge's decisions, known as dispositions, work. When a judge presents your possible repercussions, you need the counsel of an experienced attorney who can explain the ramifications of each penalty and your eligibility for different types of relief. Careful evaluation can mean the difference between having a permanent record or not.

If you face criminal charges, contact Gullberg, Box, Worby & Rogers LLC at 309-760-4022 for the aggressive representation you need to protect your future. Our lawyers have offices in Monmouth, Peoria and Bettendorf.

Evaluating The Option Of Court Supervision

Court supervision is a type of disposition available for most misdemeanor and petty traffic offenders in Illinois. Many attorneys consider court supervision to be second best to an acquittal because it prevents a conviction on your criminal record. The state will only act on the charges against you if you violate a term of your court supervision.

A disposition of court supervision is not guaranteed. Your attorney must provide mitigating details about your character and the nature of the offense to obtain this disposition for you.

Court supervision differs from probation in that it does not require monthly visits with a probation officer; however, its terms may require a financial obligation or community service. Also, most court supervision dispositions, except a DUI, can be expunged two years after the end of your 3 to 24 month term.

Using Probation To Avoid Jail Time

Probation only occurs in Illinois after a conviction. While a more severe punishment than court supervision, probation is an effective tool that keeps minor criminals out of the Department of Corrections and county jails.

There are several types of probation dispositions, but they are very similar. The offender must meet with a probation officer on a monthly basis and pay a probation fee. The offender may also have to submit to drug/alcohol testing, maintain employment and refrain from violating any criminal statutes.

If you violate a probation term, probation may be terminated and you could be re-prosecuted for the original offense. This could be extremely discouraging, especially if you pleaded guilty to a lower charge than you were originally charged with. You would face the original charge with likely higher maximum penalties.

Pursuing A Conditional Discharge

Conditional discharge is a milder form of probation. Like court supervision, instead of a probation officer, the court monitors the offender. However, unlike court supervision, the terms of your conditional discharge are an actual sentence. They have determined guilt, and the conditional discharge terms are part of the punishment and the case will not be dismissed upon completion. If you do not comply with the terms, the state can file to revoke the sentence.

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If you face a criminal charge, call our knowledgeable attorneys at 309-760-4022 for the guidance that you require. You may also contact us online. We ensure that you understand your options and help you pursue the most favorable available case outcome. Schedule your free case evaluation today.