Here’s the question we get asked most often at Blankenship Law: Am I going to go to jail? If you have been arrested recently or are out on bond currently, the threat of jail time is very real. No one wants to spend time locked away in a cell, away from their loved ones, with the potential of it affecting their future prospects permanently.
Here’s our answer: It depends. Depending on the charges you are facing, your criminal history, and the specifics of the situation, your odds at jail time change. Here are a few factors to consider:
If you have several convictions in your past, you will likely face jail time. We will help you fight it as hard as possible, but you may want to consider making realistic preparations for going to jail.
If the charge is very serious, you may be facing jail time. This applies to any charges where someone else was injured, such as homicide or robbery with a harmed victim.
If this is your first offense, you are more likely to be sent to probation than to jail. There is no guarantee, but Judges tend to be more forgiving of first-time offenses than repeats.
If this is a lower offense, you are just as likely to be sent to probation as to jail. It all depends on the specifics of the charge.
People often confuse probation with parole. On parole, you may have to wear the ankle bracelet and stay at home under constant surveillance or supervision. Probation is also supervised, but you only have to report to it about once a month. People who are charged with first-time or lower-level offenses are commonly sentenced to probation.
During probation, you will regularly report in to show that you are making an effort to be productive and stay out of trouble. This can include being employed or in school full time, hanging out with “good influence” friends, and not using drugs, which will be tested with randomly timed urine screenings. Probation can help you get access to counseling or other help you need along the way. As long as you are staying out of trouble, probation is fairly easy.
Get the Help You NeedIf you are facing criminal charges, contact Blankenship Law today to get the help you need! We are not here to judge you or harm you - we are here to help you. Our phone lines are operated 24/7, 365 at (317) 680-5528 in Carmel and (219) 300-6296 in Valparaiso. When your life is on the line, I’ve got your back!