Last week I represented a client charged with violating his special probation in Pennsyvlvania as a result of a felony charge out of New Jersey. As a result of the violation the Commonwealth was asking the Judge to resentence our client to an additional 1 to 2 years in state prison to run at the expiration of his New Jersey sentence.
Certainly, our client was in the wrong for committing the New Jersey offense. However, we questioned the reasoning behind incarcerating the man an additional 1 to 2 years after the 3 years he was already set to serve in New Jersey.
In the end the Berks County Judge sentenced him to 1 year of probation for the violation to run at the same time as the New Jersey sentence. The result being no additional jail time for our client and a great savings for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.