Bradenton Probation Violation Attorneys
If you have been placed on probation or community control, the State of Florida is monitoring nearly all aspects of your life. If you don’t follow the terms and conditions of probation exactly, you will likely face substantial prison time.
Many people do not fully understand what they must do to successfully complete probation. Often times the Courts don’t take the time to read over and explain all of the conditions of probation they are imposing. Furthermore, the probation officer may not have the ability to answer all of your questions and not every lawyer takes the time to go over every condition of probation.
At Fowler Law Group, an experienced Bradenton probation violation attorney can help you go through all of the conditions of probation and give you practical advice on how to handle all of these obligations. Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring your successful completion of probation.
Common Violation of Probation Allegations
Under most circumstances, a violation of probation occurs when your probation officer files an affidavit with the Court alleging that you have violated one (1) more conditions of your probation. Some of the most common types of violations include:
- Failing to report to your probation officer
- Failing a urine test for, marijuana, cocaine or even a prescription drug
- Getting a new arrest. You don’t necessarily have to convicted of a new arrest to violate probation, often times the arrest alone may be grounds for violation
- Not attending certain classes, such anti-theft, drug, alcohol or domestic violence
- Missing court
- Not paying fines, costs and/or fees
- possessing drugs or paraphernalia, even is very small amounts
At a probation violation hearing, you do not have the right to a jury trial and it is the judge presiding over your case that determines whether you have violated your probation. Unlike most criminal case that must be proven “beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt” the standard of proving a violation of probation is much lower. The State need only prove to the Judge that you violated a condition of your probation by a “preponderance of the evidence”. In layman terms, it means that the State need only prove more likely than not that you violated a term or condition of your probation.
If you try to defend yourself in a violation of probation hearing, you are putting yourself in grave legal danger. There are literally thousands of different court interpretations on what is and what isn’t a violation. Unless you are an experienced lawyer who reads new and updated case law each and every week, you may not know all of the defenses that are available to you.
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