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What is a Tampa Violation of Probation (VOP) Charge?

Tampa violation of probation attorneys are often asked about what a VOP or Violation of Probation means.  Unfortunately, violation of Probation charges occur as often as folks being placed on probation. A violation of probation occurs when someone on probation either receives a technical or substantive violation. A technical violation occurs when someone violates one of the specific terms of their probation, like paying restitution, completing community service hours, etc. A substantive violation occurs when someone picks up a new criminal law violation.

You will have an arraignment on the violation of your probation. This will be your first opportunity to either admit or deny the allegation. It is important to get an attorney early on to assist you in not going to jail or prison and to quickly resolve the issues surrounding a probation violation. We have handled many violations of probation and will work with the State Attorney’s Office to ensure you get the best deal possible, if you are alleged to have violated your probation with a new substantive law violation. It is also worth noting if you have violated with a new law violation, your admission of the same could be used against you later on in the criminal prosecution of the underlying charge. The Judge will expect you to present a valid explanation for the violation, so having an experienced attorney assist you is nearly essential.   Our Tampa violation of probation attorneys will assist in preparing a reasonable explanation before the Court.

Judges have many options during Tampa violation of probation hearings including sentencing someone to jail or prison, adding additional conditions, reinstating probation or even terminating probation. The Tampa violation of probation attorneys of Hackworth Law can assist you with your arraignment and throughout the VOP process. There are a number of things that can be done before your arraignment so it is imperative that you quickly contact the Tampa attorneys of Hackworth Law for a free consultation.  If you would like to contact us immediately, please use the “contact us now” tab in the upper right hand corner of our website, thank you for checking out our Tampa violation of probation attorneys’ blog

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