Hello,My name is XXXXX XXXXX X am an experienced criminal lawyer.If you have not been sentenced yet, then you are not expected to start fulfilling any conditions of your agreement. The only thing you will have to do will be to keep your interview for the preparation of the probation report.'The judge has essentially warned you that if anything surprising comes up on the probation report that would prevent him from giving you this deal, he will let you withdraw your plea. So this sounds standard to me.If you want to show good intentions, you could start attending meetings at AA. As for the program, generally courts will mandate which one they want you to attend at your sentencing. If the court doesn't mandate a specific program, you should be able to get a list of programs that have been vetted and approved by the court and you can pick among them for one with convenient hours and location.If you don't have a date yet to meet with probation for the report, you want to stay on top of your lawyer so that he can make sure you don't somehow fail to see them before your court date. If you were given a number to arrange for it yourself, call it promptly and keep following up if you don't get a date.Good luck to you!
Thank you Fran. I definitely want to show good intentions and have attended some AA meetings, just not the two a week as stated in the plea deal. I have two follow up questions if I may. You said the judge has essentially warned my about surprises coming up..... In my case my attorney and the prosecution but in the plea that if the judge does not agree with the plea than I may withdrawal. What I thought I got from that is if the sentencing judge decides nawww I don't like that im sentencing him to X amount in prison (which they can do) than at that time I could withdrawal and plead not guilty?
My second follow up question is staying positive. From what I think I understand if the sentencing judge follows the plea agreement than how does that work? She gives me X amount of probation and the 6 months needed to fulfill my part of the plea and when I complete what happens? Obviously as well she will set an X sentence to be imposed if I do not complete my part of the deal? I don't think my case is what is known as a suspended sentence.
Thank you for your kind service and answers to these questions. :)
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