Is Probation an Option For My Child? 

 January 22, 2015

By  LMW Attorneys

As a parent, you want what is best for your child. Unfortunately, even when we try to guide our children in the right direction, they can sometimes stray. When your minor child gets in trouble with the law, those protective feelings do not go away. Even when you are frustrated with their choices, you still protect them. It is every parent’s worst nightmare to see his or her child behind bars. Luckily, there is another option for youth offenders. Probation offers a second chance for troubled youth, and it could be a chance to gear them back to the right path.

What Is Probation?

Probation is an alternative sentencing that allows your child to stay out of jail or juvenile detention, as long as they follow certain terms and conditions. When a child is placed on probation, they will be under the supervision of a probation officer. It is the probation officer’s job to make sure that the juvenile meets all the terms of their probation. For a juvenile, this may include:

  • A written letter of apology to the victims
  • Curfew
  • Community service
  • Substance abuse or mental health counseling
  • Attending school
  • No contact with certain individual (such as convicted criminals)
  • Paying restitution to the victims
  • No more criminal activity

By following these rules, young offenders are able to stay out of jail, and keep their records clean.

Probation Violations

Breaking probation is a very serious offense. If any of the terms of your child’s probation is broken, then they may face increased restrictions or even jail time. If the probation officer suspects your child of violating their probation, then your child will have to go back to court. There, the judge will determine if a violation did occur and possibly give your child additional punishments.

This is why it is so important that you work with your child to help them follow the terms of their probation. While this is a difficult time for both parent and child, it is vital that you are ready to help your child so they can complete their probation and move forward with their life. They will need your support and guidance throughout this tough time.

Contact an Attorney Today

The judicial court system is a complex and confusing process. Having a child accused of a crime is stressful enough without also having to navigate the court system alone. That is why you need an attorney you can trust. Let LMW be a guiding hand to help you through your child’s legal trouble. We will fight vigorously to ensure your child gets the second chance they deserve. Call LMW today for a free consultation on your child’s case.