Probation primarily focuses on providing mentoring, community service, and other rehabilitative programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and drug rehab. Instead of sending a juvenile to prison, most courts seek to rehabilitate them through various programs within probation. Many times, these youths commit non-violent offenses that hardly qualify to require them to be sentenced to hard prison time. For example, shoplifting or possession of alcohol is a non-violent crime common among adolescents and many times a judge will consider reform and rehabilitation as opposed to prison time.
Instead of punishing these teens with the seriousness of incarceration, providing probation as an alternative offers them a second chance and allows them the opportunity to have a better future. With rehabilitation options, the court and the other services, are able to work toward reforming juveniles into contributing members of society instead of the burden falling on the counties and states to pay for their prison time. Statistically speaking, when an adolescent is sent to prison for a crime, they are more likely to commit another offense later in life.
This type of penalty provides them a chance to have their charges expunged upon successful completion. In some cases, the consequence can be imposed even before going to court—and if they complete the programs successfully, the allegations against them may even be dropped so they never have to set foot in the courtroom.
If your child or a child you care for has been arrested and is facing charges, contact an attorney well-versed in juvenile law to better their chances of receiving rehabilitation instead of a prison sentence. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to assess your situation and the charges against your child to decide the best course of action. Seeking rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration will greatly benefit your adolescent and give them the best possible chance for their future. Don’t let one little mistake ruin your child’s future. Call me, defense attorney David C. Barry, today at (732) 238-8686.