Anyone who is on parole or probation knows how important it is to stay out of trouble. For some people, trouble just seems to sneak up on them when they least expect it. In those cases, the parolee or probationer will usually face charges associated with parole or probation violations. For one man, violating his probation by being convicting of theft has landed him a sentence of more than six years in jail.
The 32-year-old man was ordered to serve six years and four months in jail with credit given for the 126 days he was in jail while waiting on his sentencing. That jail time is the backup time for the suspended sentences he was given on his 2010 and 2011 convictions of escape and possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute. He also faces other charges in other cases.
The time will be served at the Patuxent Institution, which offers drug and mental health rehabilitation services. The man says he has an alcohol addiction problem and a drug addiction problem. He says he “would like to get healthy.”
Anyone who is on probation or parole must ensure that he or she understands the conditions of those programs because failing to comply with any condition can lead to more legal trouble. If something unforeseen happens and you find yourself facing charges for violating the conditions of parole or probation, it is vital that you learn the best way to answer those charges. An experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney may help you understand your options when dealing with these types of charges.
Source: TheBayNet, “Man gets more than six years for probation violation” Dick Myers, Jan. 20, 2014