my son missed probation two times on a pot charge (one joint) he has to turn himself in on a warrant. What is going to happen?

Asked on May 18, 2009 under Criminal Law, Michigan


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It all depends. 

Basically, the courts don't take to kindly to violation of probation.  He missed not one but 2 meetings; the judge may try to teach him a lesson with some jail time, you never know.  Hopefully, he at least had some legitimate reason for missing both meetings.

If he is a first offender and considering that this is a relatively minor charge, he might just get off with a strong lecture and increased probation terms - time of probation extended, increased community service, etc.

Whatever he does gets, just make sure that this time he does not violate his probation.  It will mean incarceration for sure.

In any event, you should get an attorney to represent him; I wouldn't turn myself in go without one.

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