Defending Yourself From Probation Violation Matters
In Florida, individuals charged with a crime may be given a probation period as an alternative to jail, depending on the type and nature of the charge(s). Most people do not realize that a probation violation often results in jail time or prison sentence.
At my Clearwater office of the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., I can help you defend yourself when you have been accused of violating your probation. I am lawyer Jenna Finkelstein. I know what is at stake in these cases and how to build custom-tailored defenses.
Legal Consequences Of A Violation of Probation
There are very important legal consequences and pitfalls that probation a violator will want to be aware of before resolving a violation in court. Oftentimes, people are not aware of how admitting to a probation violation can affect their future. Do not get caught up in the system without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you violate your probation, you may be facing:
- Jail time
- A prison sentence
- Additional fines
- Additional conditions to limit your freedom
- Additional conditions, such as community service and other various requirements
- A probation term extension
- Drug testing (even if you are not charged with a drug crime)
- Community control
- Mandatory in-patient treatment
- Additional points on your record
In addition to understanding what is at stake in a conviction, I am prepared to build a personalized strategy you can count on.
Defenses To Violations of Probation
The laws in Florida are very complicated, especially when it comes to sentencing guidelines. Let me review your case for free to determine whether you have any defenses to your violation of probation. Oftentimes, individuals charged with probation violations are not educated about the range of possible defenses. Do not fall into this category. Some common probation violation defenses are as follows:
- The individual is unable to pay.
- The violation was unintentional/not willful.
- The violation was not substantial.
- The probation officer failed to follow protocol on the violation that they have asserted.
- The elements of absconding cannot be met.
- The drug testing units were expired.
- The underlying charge that provides the basis of the violation cannot be proved.
- The probationary period expired prior to the filing of the violation.
I am a reputable Florida attorney who is very familiar with the probation process and the defenses that may be asserted.
Get The Defense You Need
If you have been arrested for a violation of probation, call today for a free consultation. Let me begin working on your case immediately because time is very important in probation violation cases. Call my firm at 727-202-4418 or email me here for a free initial consultation today. I will advise what steps you should take to increase your chances of staying out of jail. Being proactive will most certainly help your case.