Reviewing and Reporting Serious Offenses Committed by Offenders Placed on Probation or Community Control
Our experienced Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know that Section 948.062 of the Florida State statutes deals with the issue of reviewing and reporting serious offenses committed by offenders placed on probation or community control. This section, as it’s subject matter implies, has to do with more serious offenses committed by individuals who, as part of a plea deal or sentencing or other outcome, have been placed on probation or into a community control program.
According to the subsection, the Department of Corrections shall review the circumstances related to an offender placed on probation or community control who has been arrested while on supervision for the following offenses:
- Any murder as provided in s. 782.04;
- Any sexual battery as provided in s. 794.011 or s. 794.023;
- Any sexual performance by a child as provided in s. 827.071;
- Any kidnapping, false imprisonment, or luring of a child as provided in s. 787.01, s. 787.02, or s. 787.025;
- Any lewd and lascivious battery or lewd and lascivious molestation as provided in s. 800.04(4) or (5);
- Any aggravated child abuse as provided in s. 827.03(2);
- Any robbery with a firearm or other deadly weapon, home invasion robbery, or carjacking as provided in s. 812.13(2)(a), s. 812.135, or s. 812.133;
- Any aggravated stalking as provided in s. 784.048(3), (4), or (5);
- Any forcible felony as provided in s. 776.08, committed by any person on probation or community control who is designated as a sexual predator; or
- Any DUI manslaughter as provided in s. 316.193(3)(c), or vehicular or vessel homicide as provided in s. 782.071 or s. 782.072, committed by any person who is on probation or community control for an offense involving death or injury resulting from a driving incident.
Further, according to the subsection, the department shall provide a statistical data summary from these reviews to the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability will analyze the data they’ve been given and provide a written report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The report must include, at a minimum, any identified systemic deficiencies in managing high-risk offenders on community supervision, any patterns of noncompliance by correctional probation officers, and recommendations for improving the community supervision program.
Because our team of skilled criminal defense lawyers is composed of former prosecutors who used to prosecute the very types of cases we now defend, we have a nuanced perspective on the matters we handle. If you’ve been placed on probation or in a community control program, and you’ve been arrested for committing an offense such as one of the serious ones described above, you need representation by a competent, experienced law firm, one that handles these types of cases all the time.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers, please call us at 1-888-5-DEFEND (1-88-533-3363). We look forward to assisting you.