I am trying to establish how long I need to see the national probation services.

30th Aug 2018

In April 2017 I was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years.

I was initially told by the NPS offender manager assigned to me that I would need to see the NPS for 12 months.

The last time I had a meeting with the NPS offender manager was in July 2017.

However, I have now received a letter setting up a new meeting with the NPS on September 6th.

Due to this I assume the probation period is two years, not one year - am I correct?

Thank you for any input regarding this query.

CATEGORY: Criminal

LOCATION: DORSET

1 answer
  • Vectis Law Limited

    You do not mention whether the Suspended Sentence Order was conditional or with conditions.  Either way, the operational period of the Suspended Sentence Order is 2 years from the date on which you were sentenced in April 2017.  As I hope was explained to you at the time by your legal representative, breach of the Order, either by way of conviction for a criminal offence during the 2 year operational period or by not keeping to the terms of the Order, could result in the suspended 12 month term of imprisonment being activated in whole or in part, unless it was not in the interests of justice for that prison term to be activated.

    In short, if your Offender Manager at the National Probation Service wishes to see you at any time during the two year operational period then it is in your interests to keep to that requirement in order to avoid the risk of being breached and being returned to Court for Committal for Breach.

    You are correct in assuming that the operational period of the Suspended Sentence Order runs for 2 years from April 2017 until the second anniversary of your sentencing date in April 2019.

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