How Does Unsupervised Probation Work?

Probation is a potential penalty for defendants who have been convicted and found guilty of the crime they were accused of. Unsupervised probation is one type that may be imposed. Here’s what it is, what to consider, and how to get legal support after you’ve been charged with a criminal offense. 

What Is Unsupervised Probation? 

There are two types of probation: supervised and unsupervised. The later form of probation is generally considered “lighter” because it does not entail random, regular engagement with a court-appointed officer.  Additionally, it doesn’t require an officer to inspect someone’s property or workplace, nor do individuals under unsupervised probation have a curfew. 

While this version of probation gives people more freedom after an arrest, it still comes with a set of rules that must be observed. The specifics of these regulations vary based on each individual’s situation; nonetheless, the purpose of unsupervised probation is to enable people to more easily return to routine activities following a criminal charge, like work or education.

Unsupervised Probation Conditions to Consider 

The following are examples of potential unsupervised probation restrictions:

  • Community service hours 
  • Drug and alcohol abuse counseling
  • Restitution and/or fines imposed by the court
  • Other punishments that may be imposed at the discretion of the judge

Even though these limits are less severe than those imposed on individuals who are only eligible for supervised probation, they may still be difficult to comply with. A criminal defense lawyer can help you negotiate the terms of your unsupervised probation with a judge to ideally obtain more favorable conditions. 

Unsupervised Probation Eligibility 

The court will ultimately decide who is eligible for what type of probation. Judges may issue probation to people who they feel are less likely to commit future offenses. People who have been convicted of violent or repeated offenses may not be eligible for probation. 

How a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Can Assist You 

A criminal defense lawyer can both defend you in court and help you seek a reduction in sentencing if your defense is unfortunately unsuccessful and you are found guilty by a jury. It’s in your best interests to protect your rights and future by consulting with an experienced attorney right away. 

Britt Criminal Defense is your trusted Eastern Shore defense team and can help protect your constitutional rights during a criminal trial and the future you face afterwards. Call now for your consultation at 443-944-5705.