Jacksonville’s citizens sometimes turn angry thoughts into actions. For many, angry words or actions will lead to criminal charges. However, a criminal charge does not mean that one is guilty or that one need be seriously punished. If one is in a similar situation, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected.
According to ESPN’s David Newton, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, currently on probation with NASCAR for his altercation with fellow NASCAR driver Ryan Newman during the Sprint Cup race is facing more charges after threatening a Sports News reporter at the Nationwide Series race. Busch threatened to assault a reporter, remarking that both the language used and action threatened violated his probation rendered by NASCAR.
Jacksonville assault crimes can complicate anyone’s life, but complications increase dramatically when the charge is preceded by a criminal record or an outstanding probation. Like Busch, when prior misconduct is the same or a similar offense, the perception is that one has not and will not learn the easy way to fix the bad conduct. However, if one can show a willingness to change, probation may be possible.
Probation requirements can broadly range in type, though there are many standard requirements placed upon those in the system, including:
– Paying for Supervision costs
– Some jail-time as a condition of probation
– Being prohibited from violating any law
– Submitting to drug testing and treatment
– Letters of apology
– Being Prohibited from leaving the state
– Reporting to a probation officer
– Community service hours
– Being Prohibited from alcohol consumption
– Obtaining a job
– Mental health evaluations
– Restitution payments to victims
These are just some of the standard requirements for probation. The Judge who will decide what terms are to be included in the probation sentence can impose some of their own particular personalized terms to be added to the final sentence. Judges have flexibility in setting the terms to the punishment and even personalizing the terms to either help or hinder the individual.
Many times, a simple showing of remorse, a recognition of one’s actions and the consequences of those actions, or attempting to compensate those wronged and change may shift the odds in one’s favor for obtaining a reasonable probation sentence.
Even if one is remorseful for a crime, a prior record or history of criminal misconduct might tempt a Judge to render a prison sentence. However, with the help of an experienced Jacksonville assault crimes defense attorney, could persuade the Judge to render a much lighter punishment that would involve counseling, house arrest or a slightly longer probation, rather than just incarceration.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Kurt Busch faces possible disciplinary action from NASCAR for threatening reporter, SI.com