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What is court supervision?

Most people are aware of the basic dispositions in a court case, which are guilty and not guilty. But there are other outcomes the court will accept, one of the most common being court supervision.

Court supervision is a disposition that a defendant will take as part of a negotiated plea of guilty. Contrary to the name, you are not being supervised by anyone, like a probation officer, it is just the court If you agree to plead guilty to the charge, follow all of the court ordered conditions of the supervision (such as paying fines and costs), and allow a period of time to pass (as decided by the court), then your sentence will NOT be considered a conviction for purposes of your criminal record.

Some charges automatically qualify for court supervision, such as a lower level speeding ticket. More serious charges may require your attorney to negotiate for the supervision. Other charges interact uniquely with supervision, such as a DUI, where you only qualify for supervision once in a lifetime.

The bottom line is that court supervision is one of the best outcomes you can get in your court case if it is available. If the prosecutor in your case is not offering supervision, it would be wise to speak with an attorney in order to explore that possibility and preserve your record.

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