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Probation is not an 'easy' sentence, part II

In our last post, we discussed how heavy of a sentence probation can be. Though a person on probation has more freedom than those behind bars, this form of criminal sentence can impose a heavy, expensive burden, and result in the defendant being sent to jail anyway, sometimes for months, at a judge’s discretion.

Probation is not an 'easy' sentence, part I

Some people believe that probation is a “slap on the wrist” and insufficient punishment for breaking the law in all cases. And indeed, being sentenced to probation, or agreeing to probation as part of a plea bargain, is preferable to jail or prison for most criminal defendants in West Virginia.

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