Taking Prompt Action To Protect Your Rights
Allegations of probation or parole violations can arise out of a misunderstanding or a technical issue. However, the standard of proof necessary for a conviction is much lower than for initial criminal charges. It is easy for individuals without proper representation to suddenly face prison time or other penalties for violation of probation (VOP). If you have been arrested or charged with violating the terms of your probation, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer represent you can make a significant difference in the outcome.
At Ringsmuth, Day & O’Halloran in Fort Myers, our violation of probation lawyers focus on defending individuals throughout Lee County. We have the experience, determination and skill to provide the effective legal counsel clients need. In addition, we recognize the importance of acting promptly to minimize any effects of a probation violation arrest.
Defending You Against Violations Of Probation Or Parole
When you are put on probation or parole — either as part of a sentence, in connection with a suspended sentence or following release from confinement — you are given several requirements you must meet to be in compliance with terms of your probation/parole. The terms of your probation/parole may vary depending on the offense; however, they may include:
• Reporting monthly to your probation/parole officer
• Reporting change of address or contact information
• Paying restitution or fines
• Completing drug treatment, alcohol treatment or anger management treatment
• Complying with regular or unannounced drug testing or alcohol testing
• Refraining from committing any criminal offense
• Following required curfews or travel restrictions
• Complying with any other terms of your probation
Once your probation officer reports any probation violation to the court, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Most arrest warrants for probation violation are issued with a “no-bond provision.” It is crucial to have an experienced attorney who can file for a bond hearing and request release pending a hearing.
It is also important to understand that violation of probation is a separate criminal offense. Depending on your case, the judge may dismiss the charges or reinstate a suspended or withheld jail sentence for violating the terms of your probation. However, the judge may also issue penalties for the separate probation violation offense — in addition to reinstating the balance of your original sentence.
We Are Focused On You And Your Freedom
As experienced Florida probation violation attorneys, we understand the challenges individuals face when confronting charges for violating probation or parole. We recognize that there are two sides to every story. We will listen and work quickly to prepare a defense strategy supporting your position. Our focus is keeping you out of jail or restoring your freedom as quickly as possible.
Get An Honest Assessment Of Your Case
Contact our office today to discuss your probation violation case. We will give you an honest assessment of your case and explain what we can do to help. We are available by phone at 239-332-2500 or via email.