How a Criminal Defense Lawyer can Have Your Probation Ended Early
If you have been arrested on criminal charges, you may be overwhelmed with the legal process that is about to follow. It is extremely difficult and can even work against you to represent yourself in a court of law. Not only can a criminal defense lawyer represent you and ensure you a fair trial, but he or she can even negotiate later on if you are convicted, to have your sentence or probation shortened.
Probation Negotiation Case
In the case of Debra Lafave, the infamous teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student in her classroom, home, and car in 2005, her criminal defense lawyer had her probation sentence shortened even though one of the terms of her conviction was no early termination of probation.
Her criminal defense lawyer, John Fitzgibbons argued that Lafave’s circumstances have changed since the sentencing. Probation ended four years early today for her after the judge heard arguments that she has been a model citizen. Lafave had teamed up with her lawyer in 2005 and made a deal with prosecutors. She was to complete three years of house arrest followed by seven years of probation. With the help of her criminal defense lawyer, the Judge agreed to end her probation effective immediately.
According to WPTV News Channel 5, before the hearing, Fitzgibbons said:
“For almost six years now Debbie has worked hard and has been gainfully employed. She has completed all her community service hours early and doing extremely well in all aspects of her personal life. She has done everything she can to put behind her the events in this case. We hope that she can get a break on the last years of her probation.”
Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of committing a crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer. It’s more than just getting your sentence shortened. A criminal defense lawyer will be the only person you can safely confide in about the details of your situation. He or she will conduct an investigation into your case and prepare a professional defense so that you are represented in the most fair and just way possible. It is nearly impossible to walk away from criminal charges if you don’t have someone representing you so make sure the first person you call after being accused of committing a crime is a criminal defense lawyer.