About Supervision and Convictions
Once a person has been charged with a criminal case, ranging anywhere from a simple ordinance violation or traffic ticket up through and including the most serious felony charges, there are only three possible dispositions: First, the case can ultimately be dismissed for one of a number of reasons. Second, the person can be convicted of the charge that has been brought against him. That conviction carries with it the corresponding penalties.
Third, an order for supervision can be entered under certain circumstances and in certain types of cases. A conviction is a sentence which appears on one’s permanent record, driving or otherwise. It is entered after a plea of guilty to a charge, or a trial finding in which the person was guilty. Different classifications of charges carry different consequences for convictions. Most ordinance violations and most traffic tickets have maximum penalties of $500 fines plus court costs. However, a number of traffic cases (DUI, driving while license suspended, driving while license revoked, fleeing and eluding, etc) can include jail sentences and even penitentiary sentences.
In the traffic court setting, a person over the age of 21 has his or her driving privilege is suspended upon 3 moving convictions within one year. Convictions are also visible to insurance companies semicolon you can expect your insurance rates to increase, sometimes astronomically, upon having convictions entered on your driving record.
Supervision, on the other hand is not a conviction. It is a finding of guilt, and the continuation of your case of one’s case for a period of time. During that. Of time the defendant is ordered to do certain things call and pay fine and court costs, pay restitution if applicable, attend anger management classes, perform public service, and a few other possible consequences. The order of supervision will require that the person have no further violations of law During the period of supervision. Paragraph if the person if the defendant successfully completes all of the conditions imposed upon him during the period of supervision then the case against him is dismissed. No conviction is entered against his record. Of course, if he fails to complete all of the conditions that were imposed upon him than he can face a conviction.