Often, people accept a plea are put on probation. Probation or Community Control is usually issued instead of jail time, or is ordered to follow jail time. Essentially, probation is a time to demonstrate to the court that you’re working hard to stay out of trouble.
A violation of probation (VOP) occurs if you fail to meet the terms of your probation, as ordered by the court. There are generally two ways you can violate your probation: (1) you are arrested on or charged with a new crime; or (2) violating any condition of the original probation (i.e., a technical violation).
If you are found in violation of your probation, a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest, and you will likely go to jail without bond. At The Fighter Law Firm, P.A., we can help those facing probation violations in central Florida by negotiating with probation officers. Our goal is to resolve the matter and keep you out of jail.
Just because your probation officer threatens to violate you, does not mean that it is going to happen. That is not to say that you should not take what they say very seriously. However, probation officers may misinform you as to what you have to do while on probation. If you have a doubt, call a lawyer and ask them for their opinion. Frequently, we have found that when a client shows us the court orders with the conditions of probation, they are different than what the probation officer is saying.
Possible Outcomes from Probation Violation
If you are found in violation of your probation, the judge has several options. The judge can admonish you not to do what you did wrong again and reinstate you to probation (probably with some additional conditions like more community service hours). This can be pretty rare, especially if you do not have a good relationship with your probation officer and they argue to the judge that they don’t think you should be given another chance. This is one example of where a good lawyer can be worth the money.
Another option the judge has when you violate is to terminate your probation and sentence you to jail or prison. The amount of time that the judge can sentence you will depend on the underlying offense. For example, if you were on probation for a 1st degree misdemeanor, you are probably looking at a year maximum in the county jail. If, however, you were on probation for a 3rd degree felony, the judge can sentence you to up to 5 years of prison in the state correctional system.
We understand the intricacies of probation violations, and know what you are up against. Contact us online or call The Fighter Law Firm, P.A. in Orlando at 407-574-7576 to arrange a free consultation. We will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome for your unique situation.
Do You Need a Lawyer For Probation Violation?
If you or a loved one is faced with a violation of probation, it is a good idea to talk to an experienced attorney who knows what the likely outcome will be and who might be able to get the prosecutor and judge to come down on such a sentence.
Probation violations commonly result from:
- Failing a drug test/dirty urine test
- Failing to report to your probation officer
- Being charged with another crime
- Contacting someone with an injunction against you
- Failing to attend court-ordered drug or alcohol treatment
- Leaving the jurisdiction without permission
Probation violations can result from a number of scenarios. No matter whether the violation involved a dirty urine test, failure to report to your probation officer, or other infraction, if you are found in violation of your probation, you can now receive the full punishment for the original crime. Contact a knowledgeable defense lawyer to avoid serious consequences.
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For strong advocacy and protection of your rights, hire an Orlando probation violation attorneys at the earliest possible stage. Call The Fighter Law Firm, P.A. at 407-574-7576 or send us an e-mail, and we will respond shortly.