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Probation gives many individuals with limited prior charges a quick opportunity to get out of jail and avoid prison sentences. Unfortunately, it usually just leads to the beginning of the individual’s encounters with the Florida court system because many people violate their probation “VOP” quickly. Our Tampa Violation of Probation Attorneys have handled thousands of violations of probation cases and can help you in your case!
There are two types of violations – technical and substantive. A technical violation involves someone violating a specific term of their probation, like failing a drug test, failing to complete community service hours, failing to pay court costs and fines, etc. A substantive violation involves someone being accused of committing a new law violation while on probation. Our Tampa Violation of Probation Attorneys describe the distinction between the two more fully in our blog on our website in our article titled “What is a Tampa Violation of Probation (VOP) Charge?”
Unfortunately, if someone is on felony probation, they are not entitled to a bond on the VOP. This is very frustrating because it results in people sitting in custody for weeks and/or months, without the merits of their violation have not yet been considered. Opportunities for bond are also extremely limited in violation of probation cases, we further discussed this elsewhere on our blog titled “Am I Entitled to Bond on a Violation of Probation or VOP?”
It is also worth noting that Violations of Probation also lead to increases in an individual’s Florida score sheet, they can ultimately lead to individuals scoring Florida State Prison, when they normally wouldn’t. As we discuss elsewhere on our Tampa Violation of Probation Attorney blog, the standard of proof required by the State Attorney’s Office is also significantly lower in VOP cases. In a regular criminal matter, the State Attorney’s Office is required to prove their allegations beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. It is also worth noting a criminal defendant is generally entitled to a jury. While in violation of probation cases, the standard of proof is lowered to a preponderance of evidence and there is no right to a jury trial. Felony Probation in Florida is monitored and supervised by the Florida Department of Corrections.
If you have any questions regarding a violation of probation, please do not hesitate to contact our Tampa Violation of Probation Attorneys. We offer free case consultations and aggressive representation throughout the Tampa Bay Area. If you would like to contact one of our attorneys immediately, we have three separate options. First, you can call our office, we have assistants standing by 24 hours a day to connect you to our attorneys. Secondly, you can utilize the “contact us now” tab in the upper right hand corner of our website. Lastly, you can use the free, secure chat box in the lower right hand corner of our website. We appreciate you checking out our Tampa Violation of Probation Attorneys website and look forward to working with you.