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What is Pretrial Probation in Massachusetts?

pretrial probation in Massachusetts

Pretrial probation in Massachusetts is a way to get your criminal charge dismissed.  This is also called a general continuance.  Whether you are approved for pretrial probation depends on the prosecutor assigned to your case.

To apply for pretrial probation, your criminal defense attorney will generally need to submit a packet of information to the district attorney.  This will generally include information about your background, work history, and criminal record.

If you are approved for pretrial probation in Massachusetts, your case is continued for a period of time, on certain conditions.  If you abide by those conditions, your case would be dismissed.

Pretrial probation differs from a continuance without a finding because you do not have to admit you’re guilty.  If you violate the conditions of pretrial probation, your bail could be revoked.  However, the judge could not sentence you, and you could still contest the charges.

Whether you can get pretrial probation depends mostly on your criminal record and the nature of the charges.  The district attorney will generally not agree to pretrial probation if your charges are serious, or if you have a serious prior criminal record.

Pretrial probation in Massachusetts is a good way to get your criminal charges dismissed, but you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you make your case to the district attorney.  If you’re looking to apply for pretrial probation in Massachusetts, call or text me today at 617-356-8217.  Let’s get started on your defense.

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