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Can you get probation for a felony in Maryland?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Criminal Defense

You could be placed on probation if you are found guilty or plead guilty to a criminal offense in Maryland. It is an alternative to incarceration, which means you will be given a suspended jail sentence and placed on probation. Should you comply with all the terms of probation and avoid further run-ins with the law, you may never serve jail time.

Not everyone qualifies for probation. While it is possible to receive a suspended sentence for a felony in Maryland, the eligibility and conditions vary. It all comes down to the specifics of your case. The law gives judges wiggle room in deciding the appropriate sentence in conviction.

Therefore, certain aspects, like your criminal history, previous probation violations and the severity of your offense, can inform the judge’s sentence. Remember, not all crimes are eligible for probation. In addition to the judge’s decision, the law provides for mandatory minimum sentences for some criminal offenses like violent crimes or other serious offenses. You’re less likely to get a suspended sentence if convicted of such crimes.

How long does probation last?

Again, the length of your probation depends on the unique circumstances of your offense. You could be looking at several years during which you must follow the conditions set by the court. Otherwise, you risk harsher requirements or even incarceration.

It’s essential to seek qualified legal guidance if you are unsure about the potential outcomes of your impending criminal charges. While probation can help you avoid jail time, it can still have far-reaching implications. Seeking legal guidance can help you understand your options, represent your interests and navigate the legal process to ensure the best possible outcome.