Intensive Supervision for Postprison Release of Violent Offenders

Our dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert represent clients facing a wide variety of criminal charges. We understand the difficulties of being pushed through the criminal justice system, and we know that the struggle for fair treatment does not end at the end of a prison sentence; in many ways, release from prison constitutes the beginning of the most difficult period of reconciliation.

The State Legislature has legally recognized the potential threat posed by the release of convicted, violent offenders back into the public, and have thus outlined the guidelines for the intensive supervision of such offenders for the period of their postprison release. Below, please find subsection 948.12 of the State Statutes:

948.12 Intensive supervision for postprison release of violent offenders.--

It is the finding of the Legislature that the population of violent offenders released from state prison into the community poses the greatest threat to the public safety of the groups of offenders under community supervision. Therefore, for the purpose of enhanced public safety, any offender released from state prison who:

(1) Was most recently incarcerated for an offense that is or was contained in category 1 (murder, manslaughter), category 2 (sexual offenses), category 3 (robbery), or category 4 (violent personal crimes) of Rules 3.701 and 3.988, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure (1993), and who has served at least one prior felony commitment at a state or federal correctional institution;

(2) Was sentenced as a habitual offender, violent habitual offender, or violent career criminal pursuant to s. 775.084; or

(3) Has been found to be a sexual predator pursuant to s. 775.21,

and who has a term of probation to follow the period of incarceration shall be provided intensive supervision by experienced correctional probation officers. Subject to specific appropriation by the Legislature, caseloads may be restricted to a maximum of 40 offenders per officer to provide for enhanced public safety as well as to effectively monitor conditions of electronic monitoring or curfews, if such was ordered by the court.

Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense attorneys know that, per the statute, there are a variety of ways in which an offender can “qualify” for intensive supervision – considered most serious are violent and repeat offenders and individuals who have been deemed “sexual predators” according to subsection 775.21. The specific terms of the intensive supervision will vary on a case-to-case basis, based on the nature and severity of the crime of which the offender has been convicted and the determined threat that the offender poses to the general public safety.

As Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense attorneys dedicated to assisting our clients throughout all phases of their criminal cases, from arrest to the end of probation/supervision, our lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert are devoted to representing Floridians who have been charged with crimes in the most effective way possible. If you have been arrested for or charged with a crime in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade County, please contact us to schedule a free consultation by calling 1-888-5-DEFEND (1-888-533-3363).

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