Are you on probation? Have you violated probation? Do not wonder what your rights are. If you are found guilty of violating probation, a judge can sentence you to the maximum penalty you faced before being placed on probation, including jail or prison. It is important that you have competent legal counsel. At The Umansky Law Firm, we represent people charged with all types of probation violation offenses.
What Is A Violation Of Probation?
When you are placed on probation, there are strict guidelines that you must follow. In a situation where one of the guidelines is not being followed or a rule is broken, it is considered a violation of your probation. It is up to your probation officer to determine whether or not to "violate" you.
- If a probation officer believes you violated a condition of probation he or she will fill out an affidavit. He or she will outline in that affidavit those conditions that he or she believes you violated. That affidavit will then go in front of the judge — either a felony judge, or a misdemeanor judge, depending upon what probation you're placed on. If you're placed on probation in Florida for felony, then typically it will go in front of the Department of Corrections felony judge.
- If you're placed on a county probation, which is usually for misdemeanors, then you will go in front of a county judge. Usually, it's the judge who was assigned to your initial case, unless the judge was reassigned, or some districts, circuits or counties have a specific probation judge who will hear your violation of probation case.
Getting Through Probation
Make sure that you keep a log of everything that you've done. Every time you've communicated to your probation officer, write it down.
- If you can email your probation officer, make sure you do so. Make sure that you never ever miss a monthly appointment.
- If you can't pay a fine, don't put your head in the sand and not pay it. Show the probation officer the efforts that you made to come up with the money.
- If you're unemployed, show the efforts that you made to try to land a job. Most importantly, document those things.
- If you have a class to complete, complete it. If you got an essay to write, write it.
- If you have counseling to do, get the counseling.
Believe it or not, probation, while it sounds hard and tough to do, is a lot easier than being locked away from your family, friends and loved ones for failing to do what you were supposed to do the first time out.
Information On Probation in Orlando:
Violation of probation proceedings is different from other criminal proceedings:
|Bond Review||No |
(You may sit in jail until your hearing.)
|Right to Jury Trial||No |
(The judge will hear your case.)
|Burden of Proof||Preponderance of evidence||Beyond a reasonable doubt|
|Forced to Testify||Yes||No|
Questions About an Orlando Probation Violation?
Remember, being put on probation is a serious problem. You may face the consequences of your original charge, you could be in jail for an extended period of time without the chance for bond, and you can lose the trust of your judge and probation officer. Please contact us online or call our Orlando criminal attorneys at 407-228-3838.
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