Court Supervision: What is it?

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Court Supervision: What is it?

Most of my Illinois clients want to avoid a conviction. Illinois law defines a conviction as a judgment of conviction or sentence entered upon a plea of guilty or upon a verdict or finding of guilty of an offense, rendered by a legally constituted jury or by a court of competent jurisdiction authorized to try the case without a jury.

In Illinois, if you enter a guilty plea to a traffic or misdemeanor offense, a Judge may sentence you to Court Supervision, Probation or Conditional Discharge. A defendant can avoid a conviction if he receives Court Supervision. If a judge orders court supervision and the defendant successfully completes supervision he or she will get the benefit of not getting a conviction on their record and the charges dismissed. Alternatively, probation and conditional discharge means that a conviction will get entered on the defendant’s criminal record.  If a defendant successfully completes court supervision the defendant will have a much easier time getting the arrest and court records sealed or expunged.

Defendants should consult an attorney before entering a plea of guilty to ensure that they understand the implications of a conviction or guilty plea, especially, if their employer requires them to report the conviction.