Violation of Probation
Probation is a possible sentence for numerous crimes. It may be given instead of a jail sentence or in addition to a jail sentence. At the time a person is sentenced to probation, certain conditions and terms are enumerated by the judge. Common conditions of probation include, jail time, community service, drug testing, fines, restitution payments, counseling, classes and mandatory meetings with a probation officer. If a person on probation does not comply with any of the conditions of probation or is arrested for a new law violation, then a violation of probation warrant will be filed.
In most cases, when a violation of probation warrant has been signed, the probationer will be arrested and face a hearing where the State of Florida must prove the violation. The State’s burden of proof in a probation violation hearing is much lower than beyond a reasonable doubt, the burden of proof for a new law violation.
If you have been charged with a violation of probation, you are facing more demanding terms of probation, revocation of your probation, and jail time. It is very important to contact a knowledgeable and skilled criminal defense lawyer to represent you in your violation of probation case.