What You Should Know About Probation Violations in Florida

If you have allegedly violated the terms of your probation, please read on, then contact an experienced Pensacola probation violation lawyer to learn what you should know about probation violations in Florida.

What are the basics of probation violations in Florida?

It is critical for those who have been sentenced to probation in the Sunshine State to understand that:

  • Judges who grant probation do not hesitate to enforce a jail sentence when an offender is alleged to have violated his or her probation terms.
  • The prosecution’s burden of proof for a probation violation is lower than for your original criminal offense, meaning “beyond a reasonable doubt” does not apply.
  • Your lawyer’s relevant experience with probation violation cases matters greatly and you should hire an Escambia County criminal defense lawyer with a solid reputation in area courts.

What are some types of probation violations in Florida?

The list of potential probation violations in the Sunshine State is long and varied and all come with serious penalties and consequences. However, some of the most common probation violations are as follows:

  • Failing to pay restitution as determined by the court
  • Moving out of the city, county or other areas listed on court documents
  • Failing to notify your parole officer that you moved or were traveling outside of a certain area
  • Failing to take a drug or alcohol screening
  • Getting a positive test on a drug or alcohol screening
  • Failing to complete drug or alcohol treatment programs
  • Failing to meet with your parole officer without prior notification or a strong excuse
  • Getting arrested for another crime

What are the consequences of a probation violation in Florida?

After the Affidavit of Violation is submitted and the court hearing is complete, the judge will rule one of three ways: Reinstate your probation, modify your probation with altered and often more severe terms or revoke your probation and send you back to jail. The exact consequences you face will depend not only on the information in the Affidavit of Violation and testimony by your parole officer or other witnesses but also on the strength of your defense. That being said, it is not a guarantee that you will go back to jail. A qualified legal representative will analyze the details of the situation and use his or her in-depth knowledge of the legal system to get you the best outcome possible. Your fate is not predetermined, so let our legal team fight for you today.


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