Requirement to Submit to Drawing of Blood or Other Biological Specimens

948.014 Requirement to submit to drawing of blood or other biological specimens.

Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert and Leifert have decades of experience in assisting our clients in all phases of their criminal cases. In defending these cases, we strive to exonerate our clients completely, to have the charges dismissed and to have the court records expunged from the public domain. When exoneration is not possible, our aggressive criminal defense attorneys work toward the most favorable possible outcome of the criminal case.

It is often the case that individuals who have been found guilty of a crime are placed on probation, community control, or other court-ordered community supervisions as a component of their sentence criminal cases. As a condition of placement on probation, community control, or any other court-ordered community supervisions, the offender is required to submit to the drawing of blood or other biological specimens such that the court can determine whether or not you have been breaking the law by, for example, using drugs. Subsection 948.014 of the Florida State Statutes, which deals with the requirement to submit to drawing of blood or other biological specimens, stipulates that:

(1) As a condition of probation, community control, or any other court-ordered community supervision, the court shall order persons convicted of offenses specified in s. 943.325 to submit to the drawing of the blood or other biological specimens as prescribed in that section as a condition of the probation, community control, or other court-ordered community supervision.

(2) For the purposes of this section, conviction shall include a finding of guilty, or entry of a plea of nolo contendere or guilty, regardless of adjudication, or, in the case of a juvenile, the finding of delinquency.

(3) Any order issued pursuant to this section shall also require the convicted person to reimburse the appropriate agency for the costs of drawing and transmitting the blood or other biological specimens to the Department of Law Enforcement.

As our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense attorneys know, if you are on probation, community control or any other court-ordered community supervision, and you’ve been convicted of any felony offense or attempted felony offense in Florida or of a similar offense in another jurisdiction or any misdemeanor specified in s. 943.325(2)(b), you will have to submit to the drawing of blood or other biological specimens as described in s. 943.325, as a condition of the program on which you are placed.

In addition to being compelled to supply the court and other law enforcement personnel with biological specimens including but not necessarily limited to blood, as the individual on the probationary program, you will be responsible for covering the costs of drawing and transmitting the blood or other biological specimen; you must reimburse the Department of Law Enforcement for the costs incurred by the department in obtaining and transmitting your biological specimens.

Our veteran criminal defense attorneys know that failure to comply with s. 948.014 can result in a violation of probation and, in turn, a harsher sentence. If you’ve been arrested for or charged with a crime in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade County, you need expert representation that can adequately advocate on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation, and to see how we can help you just as we’ve helped thousands of others, call us at 1-888-5-DEFEND (1-888-533-3363).

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