Can I get probation for a felony or do I have to go to prison?
Just because you are convicted of a felony in Tennessee that does not automatically mean that you will go to prison.
In Tennessee probation is generally available for any sentence of 10 years or less where the law does not mandate a minimum mandatory period of incarceration.
For sentences longer than 10 years, Community Corrections is often a possibility that will allow you to serve your prison sentence “on the streets”. An experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney can make your case for this type of alternative sentencing.
Other prison alternatives include split confinement, where you serve a set portion of your sentence and then spend the rest of the sentence term on probation.