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Sarasota Violation of Probation Defense

What is a violation of probation (VoP)?

A violation of probation means that you have allegedly violated one of the terms or conditions that the judge originally ordered as a condition of your probation. These terms of probation can be viewed on the original order that the judge signed when you were placed on probation. (Click here to view the Sarasota or click here to view the Manatee County Clerk's Offices where you can search for your case and view the judge's order.) Violations can be broken down into two unique categories—technical and new law violations.

What is a new law violation?

A new law violation is when a person commits a new crime while on probation for an older crime. This, of course, is the most serious way to violate your probation and the Court and State rarely look kindly on a new law violation. This violation will often result in a much higher bond for both your violation of probation and the new crime which you have been accused of. If you are on felony probation and you violate with a new felony, the points scored on a score sheet for the VoP are doubled.

What is a technical violation?

A technical violation is the most common way an individual violates probation. Unlike a new law violation, a technical violation can be a myriad of things. One common way is by not reporting to probation. Another is by not paying fines or fees. Technical violations are largely dependent on what the terms of your probation are. If you are ordered to do random urinalysis and fail to show for a testing or test positive for dirty urine, then it is likely your probation will be violated. Likewise, if you fail to do rehabilitation, community service, pay restitution, or anything else you are ordered to do, then you may be in danger of violating your probation.

What are the consequences of violating your probation?

Like a new charge, this will largely depend on the individual circumstances surrounding your case. Major considerations are the crime for which you were put on probation, your criminal history, and the reason you violated. Violations of probation do tend to carry jail or even prison time. Jail or prison does not have to be the only consequence. If there is proof that you were trying your hardest to complete the terms of probation, then it is possible that the State and the judge will try to work with you to successfully complete your probation.

How Soler and Slack, P.A. can help you?

VoP's can be quite complicated and have severe consequences. The attorneys at Soler and Slack, P.A. have handled hundreds of violation of probation cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to severe felonies. Depending on the reason for the violation of probation, it may be possible to convince the prosecutor and the judge to allow you to be placed back on probation. You can also demand a violation of probation hearing, where the prosecutor will have to prove to the judge that the violations are legitimate and actually occurred. Last, but not least, there are cases where the state will actually revoke and terminate (totally end) one's probation at a VoP court date when certain conditions have been completed that please your probation officer and the prosecutor. We will investigate every issue in your case and make the State uphold its burden to prove the violation. We will also work tirelessly to get you the best resolution possible. Contact us immediately at (941) 444-5128 so we can start fighting for you. Also, see our blog posts about successfully completing your probation

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