Supervised probation is often used as an alternative form of sentencing. It allows individuals convicted of a crime to avoid jail by agreeing to follow a strict set of rules. Rules vary by a case-by-case basis and can include maintaining employment, following curfew, or probation. In some jurisdictions, some individuals convicted of minor crimes such as traffic infractions and misdemeanors are offered another alternative to jail besides supervised probation. This alternative is called “court supervision.”

What Is Court Supervision?

Court supervision is similar to supervised probation. A judge will imposed conditions that the individual must follow, such as:

  • Paying fines
  • Performing public service work
  • Entering alcohol and/or drug treatment
  • Entering counseling

The exact conditions that the defendant must follow depend on the offense and circumstances surrounding the infraction or misdemeanor.

Do I Need to Plead Guilty to Receive This Type of Mandatory Supervision?

Yes. Court supervision is often not allowed if an individual pleads not guilty and is later found guilty.

Will I Automatically Receive Court Supervision as My Sentence?

No. This form of mandatory supervision is only granted at the discretion of the judge presiding over the case. If the judge believes that this alternative sentencing option is appropriate, they will assign court supervision to the defendant.

What Happens If the Judge Grants Court Supervision?

If the court supervision is granted, the judge will impose the rules, or conditions, of the court supervision that the defendant must follow. The conditions are imposed for a specific period of time, such as three months or two years. Upon successful completion of the mandatory supervision, the traffic infraction or misdemeanor is dismissed.

Will My Criminal Record Be Affected by the Completion of the Court Supervision?

Yes. Once the court supervision has been satisfactorily completed, the judge will withdraw the guilty plea. The case is dismissed and no conviction will appear on the person’s criminal record.

Do I Need to Talk to a Lawyer about Court Supervision?

If you are interested in court supervision, you should talk to a criminal lawyer about it. They will be able to inform you as to whether court supervision alternative sentencing option in allowed in your jurisdiction and how you can go about getting it.