Panama City Criminal Defense Attorney
Shouppe Law has guided many clients to successful outcomes. If you have been arrested and charged with violating the terms of your probation, I can discuss your options of reinstatement or fighting the allegations against you. The Florida criminal justice system imposes strict penalties on those caught violating their probation. If found guilty of a willful violation of your probation, your probation may be revoked and you may have to serve the maximum sentence of your initial plea. As a Panama City probation violation lawyer, I can investigate the allegations, gather evidence to build your case, and tirelessly uphold your rights in court. Contact me today for a free initial consultation.
What You Need to Know About Probation Violation Laws in Florida
In Florida, probation is seen as a privilege, not a right. This means your probation may be revoked for a variety of reasons. If you violate the terms of your probation, you may be subject to the maximum sentence of your original crime, which may include prison time. Thus, it is important to seek experienced representation as soon as possible.
Types of probation violations include:
- Being accused of committing new law violations
- Missing appointments with probation officers
- Testing positive for drugs
- Failing to complete required classes
- Failing to fulfill financial obligations
Under Florida law, after you are arrested for a violation of probation, you can be held in the county jail without bond. If you are on a hold without bond, you will have to stay in jail until the Violation of Probation (VOP) hearing. This could possibly take more than a month. An experienced violation of probation attorney can file a Motion for Bond to see if the court will set a bond in you case. After the hearing, the State could decide to request a VOP evidentiary hearing. At the VOP evidentiary hearing, the State will attempt to prove the allegations against you. At this hearing, there is no jury, hearsay is admissible, you may be legally forced to testify against yourself, and the State has to prove the allegations by a preponderance of the evidence. This is a lower burden of proof than beyond a reasonable doubt, as in most trials.
Dedicated Criminal Defense Services for Your Case
If you have been accused of violating your probation, Shouppe Law can help. With experience as a former prosecutor, I can aggressively represent you in a Violation of Probation hearing. I have a thorough knowledge of state laws regarding probation violations, and will answer your questions along the way. Call me today at (850) 583-9088 and put an aggressive Panama City criminal defense attorney on your side.