Q: On probation testifying against someone, will their defense try to make me incriminate myself? Do I need a lawyer?
In a intervention program for probation. On probation and testifying against someone involved in same incident
A: I would absolutely recommend that you have a lawyer. And, being on probation means that you do not have some of the constitutional rights you normally would have if you were accused of a crime. In fact, lying can be a basis for violating probation or getting your intervention revoked.
Contact a lawyer well before you have to testify. It would certainly be in your best interest.
Terrence James O'Sullivan agrees with this answer
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A: If you're in a diversion program or on probation, you need to protect yourself. I do not know all of the facts (and please don't post them on the internet). You're rights, specifically you're 5th amendment rights, may be limited due to your status as in a diversion program or on probation. Contact local counsel BEFORE making any statements to your PO or program manager.
I also agree with Mr. Fayard's response as it's spot on.
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