Being placed on probation can be the best way to avoid serving time in jail, but it can also be the best way to land yourself in jail. If you fail to abide by the terms of your probation, the likelihood you will be required to serve time is very real. In order to avoid this possibility, consult a skilled criminal defense attorney for help.
Florida law treats probation violations seriously, and so should you. The basics of probation are that you do not receive any other tickets, that you check in with your probation officer as scheduled, and that you pay your fines on time. Failure to do any of these things could result in a new arrest and new charges, not to mention the revocation of your probationary term. When that happens, the prosecution will seek to have the punishment for your original offense imposed, including any jail sentence. The best ways to avoid a violation of probation include:
● Obey all traffic laws, including speed limits and traffic signals.
● Keep track of all appointments with your probation officer, and schedule your other daily obligations around these appointments.
● If you are unsure if an action will violate a term of your probation, ask before doing!
The sentence you receive for a probation violation depends on the unique facts of your case, and the type of violation. Violations can be technical (such as a missed appointment), or related to a new charge (such as receiving a DUI ticket while on probation). To avoid the requirement of having to serve jail time, which is a common part of nearly all probation violation cases, you must present a solid defense. We investigate the facts of your case and present the evidence in a light most favorable to you. Doing this ensures your satisfaction with the result, as well as giving you a clear understanding of what to expect.
If you have questions about probation violations, call our office to learn more on how to defend the charges. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.