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An article on the consequences of Virginia's probation system. About the only way to get past this would be to stop hanging suspended time over criminal defendants' heads and I just don't see that happening. Almost every client gets a suspended sentence if it is that person's first offense. What do you do to that guy if suspended sentences are no longer available? Fines don't work; all they accomplish is to get people's driving licenses suspended. Advisement has been under a cloud of doubt ever since the Powell case (even though it was overturned en banc and the new opinion specifically refused to reach that issue) so it might not be an available option.
Hmmm.... Gotta think this one over.