Probation Violations

Probation violations have very serious consequences in Florida. If you are convicted of a probation violation, the judge can sentence you to the maximum penalty for the crime you are on probation for. For example, if you are on probation for a third degree felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison, the judge can sentence you to a five-year prison sentence. There are two types of probation violations: technical violations and the commission of a new offense while on probation.

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Examples of technical violations are testing positive for drugs and missing a probation meeting. Many lawyers think they have to roll over and not put up a defense if their client has been charged with a technical probation violation. However, the state still has to prove that you committed the violation willfully and materially.

Florida judges usually issue arrest warrants without bond in probation violations, especially if the offender is on probation for a felony. This means that you will not be able to get out of jail without a bond hearing.

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