In our household we have a criminal law code for being in trouble. We call it being on the violation call. The violation is a place no one ever wants to be. Still it happens.
Whenever someone pleads guilty or is found guilty of a crime there will be a sentence. A sentence is the court’s rendering of punishment. It could be meek, like a fine or some volunteer work. It could be harsh, like life imprisonment without parole. Usually, it falls somewhere in between the two poles.
If the offense is a low level infraction or perhaps the individual has no other criminal offenses, or they are elderly, or youthful, or frail, the sentence may include terms that the offender must follow. One of the most common sentencing terms is “no more crimes” can be charged against the offender in exchange for the court’s leniency in sentencing.
So what happens if a new crime is charged during the duration the sentence covers?
Yep. The offender ends up on the violation call. What’s so bad about the violation call? The offender can be sent to jail or prison when the prior sentence may have granted the individual their freedom.
Ending up on the violation call can happen to anyone.
From Rolling Stone:
T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison today after a judge revoked the rapper's probation following his arrest on in Los Angeles last month, . T.I., who was released from prison just eight months ago, after serving nearly a year behind bars on federal weapons charges, was on three years' probation as part of his initial plea bargain. Two days ago, T.I. in convincing a suicidal man not to jump from a 22-floor Atlanta building, but the rapper's rescue, and the police's gratitude toward T.I. for assisting in the situation (one of the officers reportedly spoke at today's hearing), apparently did not factor into the judge's decision. T.I. was given two weeks to turn himself into authorities.
Even having the police attribute your actions to preventing a suicide may not be enough to keep you free once you are on the violation call, so much for hero worship.