What Is Court Supervision?
Court supervision is a form of sentencing that is available for many misdemeanor crimes committed in Illinois. During the period of supervision, no conviction is entered. The length of the supervision can vary, but during the time frame the individual under supervision must comply by certain rules and guidelines. Although it probably goes without saying, the individual under supervision must also avoid any additional criminal charges.
Successful completion of court supervision means that the individual complied with the terms of the supervision for the entire supervision term. At this point, the case will be dismissed and thus a criminal conviction is avoided.
While all criminal cases are unique and there is no guarantee that an individual will receive court supervision in their criminal matter, Nrupa Patel is here to help. An experienced criminal attorney and former prosecutor, she may be able to assist in negotiating a supervision deal on your behalf or may even be able to get the criminal charges reduced.
Court Supervision Terms
Contrary to the belief of many, supervision orders are not all the same. To receive court supervision, the individual must work out a plea deal with the prosecutor or be sentenced to supervision by the Judge. Supervision orders can have a variety of different requirements, including:
- Community service work;
- Substance abuse evaluation and treatment;
- No contact orders;
- Prohibition from using alcohol.
Cases that Qualify for Court Supervision
Whether an individual can receive court supervision largely depends on the types of charges filed against them, as well as the circumstances of the case and criminal history. While many misdemeanors quality for supervision in Illinois, there are certain criminal offenses that do not qualify for supervision. These include:
- Second (or more than one) DUI;
- Resisting a peace officer;
- Domestic battery;
- Sexual exploitation of a child;
- Criminal sexual abuse;
- Dog fighting.
Contact BRE Law for a Free Consultation
Although no outcome is certain, contacting an experienced Decatur criminal defense attorney may help increase your chances of receiving court supervision. The BRE Law team is aware how stressful and scary criminal charges can be, and former Prosecutor Nrupa Patel is here to help you navigate the criminal justice system. Please contact us to schedule a free consultation.