Probation Before Judgment in Maryland
Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) is a disposition for criminal and traffic cases, which means that a defendant will either plea or be found guilty, but the Court may then defer proceedings and place the defendant on probation before entering the judgment into Court record. The result is that the guilty finding is essentially struck before being entered, as long as the defendant successfully completes the probation period. PBJ is a disposition second only to ‘not guilty’ in preference and is usually available to first time offenders. Once the probation period ends, the defendant may seek record expungement (except for certain alcohol-related driving offenses). If you are facing traffic or criminal charges, call Azari Law at 301.362.3300 to speak to an attorney who will work to achieve the best outcome possible for you.