The criminal justice system was created to ensure those who committed crimes deserving of punishment receive that punishment. 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 the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Donovan Allieri of New Jersey pled guilty to animal cruelty and theft, both third degree charges, receiving four years’ probation with ongoing drug testing for his heroin addiction, as well as $500 restitution and 30 days community service, for killing his now-ex-girlfriend’s dog and stealing jewelry from her family.
The Department of Corrections developed and administers a drug offender probation program which emphasizes a combination of treatment and intensive community supervision approaches, including supervision of offenders in accordance with a specific treatment plan. The program can consist include of graduated sanctions consistent with the conditions imposed by the court.
If it appears to the court upon a hearing that the accused is a chronic substance abuser accused of a drug crime in Jacksonville or other nonviolent felony, the court may either find the accused guilty of the charge or stay and withhold the adjudication of guilt. Many times, Judges may withhold adjudication of guilt, but find other punishments are necessary.
When an offender is placed on drug offender probation, that status requires the person be closely supervised and must undergo random drug testing. Furthermore, the offender may be required to comply with measures normally associated with community control, However, specific treatment conditions and other treatment approaches may be necessary to monitor the offender.
If one is considering entering a negotiated plea to a probation or community control sentence in Florida for a felony or misdemeanor offense, one must take into account:
– One takes a major risk in agreeing to a probation sentence in Florida for either a misdemeanor or felony offense because if violates one’s probation, one many be arrested on a no bond warrant and then sentenced to the statutory maximum jail or prison sentence available for that offense;
– The advantage of agreeing to a probation sentence in Florida is that one might be able to apply for early probation termination after one has successfully completed all special conditions of probation, and preferably to the court, served at least half of one’s sentence.
– One might be eligible to have one’s criminal record sealed after one has successfully complete probation.
Allieri told the court that he was working hard for his recovery from the addiction, which had spurred the crime — and which earlier this year left the former Villianova University-bound football scholarship recipient using a walker to get around for several months.
With the help of an experienced Jacksonville probation violations defense attorney, one could persuade the Judge to render a much more fitting punishment that would involve drug counseling, strict supervision, or a manageable probation, rather than 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: Ex-N.J. football player sentenced to probation, must pay restitution for killing ex-girlfriend’s dog, Seth Augenstein, The Star-Ledger