Tampa Probation Violations
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If you face criminal charges in Tampa, you will learn a lot about Florida’s criminal procedure, which typically involves probation—a type of sentence imposed upon criminals. When a defendant is found guilty, they may be sentenced to jail. In some cases, the defendant serves a part of their sentence in jail and the rest of the sentence on probation. The defendant’s sentence is suspended while they are supervised in the community on probation.
While on probation, the defendant must comply with a strict list of terms and be on their best behavior. If they violate any of the terms, they can be brought before a judge to address the violation. If the judge determines that the probationer did violate their probation, the judge can revoke the probation (take it away) and send the probationer to jail to carry out their original sentence.
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A probation violation is a serious criminal charge that may result in imprisonment or extended probation. It is crucial that you retain an experienced defense team. At Thomas & Paulk, we’ve handled more than 7,000 cases. Our team has what you need to take on the most challenging probation violation cases. You have the right to challenge allegations that you have violated probation.
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Probation Violations: Terms & Conditions
In Florida, the “terms and conditions of probation” are covered under Section 948.03 of the Florida Statutes. Under Sec. 948.03 it states, “The court shall determine the terms and conditions of probation.” What this means is there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to probation. Even if two defendants commit the same crime, they may have a different set of probation conditions imposed.
The following are examples of general probation conditions:
- Pay all court-ordered fines and fees.
- Remain in a specific area, such as the county you live in.
- Do not break any state or federal laws while on probation.
- Faithfully maintain suitable employment.
- If you hurt somebody or caused someone to suffer financial loss, pay restitution.
- Report to your probation officer as directed by the court.
- Do not associate with people who engage in criminal activity.
- Do not carry, own, or possess any firearm without your probation officer's consent.
- Do not possess any controlled substances or drugs without a valid prescription.
- Submit to random drug and alcohol testing.
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Special Conditions of Probation
A probationer may have other special conditions of probation as well. For example, if the probationer committed a drug or alcohol offense, they may be ordered to abstain. They may also be ordered to stay away from all establishments that serve or sell alcohol.
The following are examples of special conditions:
- You must attend a support group.
- You cannot associate with __ person while on probation.
- You cannot contact the victim or their family members.
- You must receive mandatory treatment and counseling.
- You must pay for and successfully complete anger management classes.
- Pay for and attend an HIV/AIDS Awareness Program that lasts two to four hours.
The average probationer has quite a few terms and conditions to follow. If a probationer violates one of the terms and it’s discovered, a probation revocation hearing will likely follow. This does not involve a jury. At the hearing, the judge decides the outcome.
When the Odds Are Stacked Against You
If you are already on probation, you have even less leeway. For example, you will be stripped of your right to a jury trial during your violation hearing. You will not have a right to a bond while waiting for your hearing, and your guilt does not have to be proven beyond a doubt. You may be forced to testify against yourself, making it even harder to fight your charges. With these factors stacked against you, it is much easier to prove you violated probation.
Although these issues may make your case more difficult, our Tampa probation violation lawyers may be able to employ effective defense strategies to secure a positive outcome.
This may include providing examples of your good character, challenging the alleged violation itself, or bringing to light a violation of your rights. Carefully reviewing your case will help our lawyers determine the best approach based on the circumstances.
At Thomas & Paulk, we have the advantage of our experience as former prosecutors when we represent Tampa probationers. We know the law, the judges, the courts, and the probation officers. We use this experience to seek the best possible result in every case.
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