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Am I entitled to a bond on a violation of probation?

Many folks accused of a violation of probation, have one very simple issue on their mind – getting a bond on a violation of probation.  As we’ve discussed elsewhere in our blog on bhtampa.com, in Florida, those accused of a criminal offense are entitled to a reasonable bond.  As we’ve discussed, authorities and most importantly, Florida criminal judges certainly disagree about what constitutes a reasonable bond.  It is important to note though, on a violation on a probation, individuals are not entitled to a bond, this includes both felony and misdemeanor violations of probation.

Many counties handle violations of probation, especially misdemeanor violations of probation, different than others.  For example, in the counties directly north of Hillsborough County, Florida, like Hernando and Pasco counties, individuals are offered no opportunity to bond on a violation of probation, even a misdemeanor and ultimately likely will serve a county jail sentence not to exceed 30 and/or 60 days for a first time violation of probation.  While these charges may simply result in an increased fine or additional probationary terms in Hillsborough County.  As we’ve also discussed elsewhere on our blog, the penalties for violation of probation differ from county to county and probation officer to probation officer.  Many counties also permit the probation officer to opine as to the recommended sentence, many Florida criminal judges defer to them.  As a simple rule of thumb if you will, generally though cases and penalties are more severe when probationers violate with a new substantive charge.

If you or someone you know is seeking a bond or has questions about a bond on a violation of probation, please do not hesitate to contact the Tampa criminal defense attorneys at Hackworth Law, P.A. for a free case consultation.  We have had extensive experience in getting individuals bonds, when possible and permitted.  We look forward to working with you and look forward to serving you in this matter.