Sentenced to probation for a drug crime? What you need to know

Being placed on probation for a period of time in lieu of having to spend that time in jail or prison can come as a great relief to any person convicted of a criminal offense like drug possession. However, it is not something that a person should take lightly.

Probation comes with a number of conditions that can be very difficult to comply with. But failing to do so can prove to be a serious mistake that puts a person’s future — and freedom — in jeopardy. If you or someone you love is facing a sentence involving probation, it can be crucial that you be prepared and take whatever steps you can to avoid violating conditions put in place by the courts.

Probation conditions can vary widely and often depend on the nature of a crime, a person’s criminal record and the severity of the offense. But generally speaking, in accordance with Florida state laws, the courts can specify the following types of conditions:

  • Securing and retaining employment
  • Living in a certain place
  • Avoiding contact with known criminals
  • Refraining from drug and/or alcohol use
  • Making restitution or reparation payments
  • Submitting to chemical testing

A person may also be ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, stay away from certain areas and regularly report to a probation officer.

Failure to comply with any of these terms and conditions can be a serious mistake, as a person could then face penalties for the new violation, and penalties for the original offense that may have been set aside can be enforced.

If you have violated the conditions of your probation or if you have been wrongfully accused of doing so, it can be crucial that have legal representation to defend yourself. With the help of an attorney, you can work to minimize your exposure to the severe consequences you may be facing.