Does a Probation Violation on a ‘Joint Suspended’ Sentence Always Means Prison?

With a probation violation on a joint suspended sentence, many attorneys will advise their client that they are powerless to prevent imposition of the prison sentence.  This is simply wrong.  The attorney has an important role at this critical time.  He or she should remind the judge that the judge has discretion to modify the terms of probation, reinstate probation with custody time as a sanction or impose a previously ordered prison sentence.  To read more about this issue, click on the following link.

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