Palm Beach County Violation of Probation
While on probation, a person is permitted to be free from imprisonment, but is required to be closely supervised by a probation officer to make sure that he or she is not violating the law. Common conditions of probation can include: mandatory regular meetings with a probation officer, keeping a job, obeying all laws, paying court fees, residing in a specific area, supporting one’s legal dependents, and submitting to random drug and alcohol tests.
There are two types of violations of probation: technical violations and substantive violations. A technical violation means that the probationer has violated one or more of the terms of probation. For example, the probationer may have failed to attend one of his or her meetings with a probation officer. Other violations may include failing to attend a court-ordered class, failure to submit to drug testing, or refusing to pay court fees or fines. In contrast, a substantive violation of probation is when an individual commits an additional crime while on probation.
Failure to meet even one condition of probation is sufficient to constitute a violation of probation, even if you have complied with all other conditions. A probation officer may arrest you even without a warrant. Your probation could be revoked, or your original sentence could be reinstated as well. A violation of probation can result in the loss of a withholding of adjudication, therefore causing you to receive a permanent conviction for the offense.
The court may also issue an arrest warrant after the probationer violates one of the conditions of probation. If the arrest warrant is active, a criminal defense attorney might be able to obtain a court date with the goal of resolving the probation violation at the hearing. If successful, an attorney can resolve the case without your needing to serve jail time.
In essence, violating even one condition of probation is a very serious matter and can result in severe consequences for the offender. The maximum sentence for the offense may be imposed, and you may be required to serve a prison sentence. Therefore, if you are accused of violating a condition of probation, it is very important to have an experienced, qualified Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer to handle your case. Also, because probation procedures vary greatly in each Florida county, it is in your best interest to retain a local attorney who thoroughly knows the procedures in your specific county. The Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert have served clients in the Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County areas for more than 46 years. Our Palm Beach County violation of probation attorneys attorneys have successfully defended many individuals in Florida who were accused of violating probation and have routinely appeared in Palm Beach County criminal court. We pride ourselves on providing each client with quality, aggressive, and personalized legal representation.
If you are facing criminal liability for violation of probation, please contact the firm of Leifert & Leifert by calling (561) 988-8000, or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Palm Beach County violation of probation attorney.