Maybe. Most crimes are probation eligible offenses. But, some are not and others allow for a term of probation only after serving a mandatory minimum period of jail time. Your criminal record is an important consideration. Individuals with previous felony convictions may not be eligible for probation or parole. Fortunately, prosecutors have plenary discretion on how to prosecute and sometimes cases can be structured in a way that allows persons deserving probation to receive it when they are not otherwise eligible.

André Bélanger, a graduate of Loyola University, is a highly-respected criminal defense attorney serving the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding areas of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, for one of Baton Rouge’s top-25 law firms. In his 18 years of practicing law, Mr. Bélanger has handled thousands of criminal cases at both the pre-trial and trial stage, including approximately 200 trials. This trial experience includes homicide defense and prosecution, large drug conspiracies and fraud cases making Bélanger one of the few attorneys capable of handling even the largest, most complex federal cases. Having spent years devoted to developing a top-tier regional law practice for federal court and state court litigation, Mr. Bélanger is admitted to practicing law in all federal courts in both Louisiana, Mississippi, the United States Supreme Court and the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.