Substantive Violation of Probation in Orlando
What Is A ‘Substantive’ Violation Of Probation?
When a person who is on probation is arrested for a crime, that person is in danger of being considered in substantive violation of probation. Such violations are extremely serious.
Even if the probationer has observed all conditions of probation up to the point of arrest, he or she can face serving full sentences for two crimes: the original conviction that resulted in probation, as well as the second conviction. Fines and serious jail time frequently result.
Through my practice at the Law Office of Jessica Travis, P.A., in Orlando, Florida, I fight to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals who face criminal charges and are accused of substantive violations of probation.
I am a highly experienced attorney who prosecuted thousands of criminal cases for the State of Florida before dedicating my legal practice to criminal defense. I understand how prosecutors think, and I use that understanding to level the playing field for my Central Florida clients.
Retain me as your attorney, and I can represent you at your violation of probation (VOP) hearing and protect you against the serious consequences you face, whether your charge was a felony or a misdemeanor. I can also work to acquit you of criminal charges from your latest criminal arrest.
The Harsh Consequences Of Probation Violations | Attorney In Osceola, Orlando And All Of Orange County
By the time you are arrested, you may have already spent years on probation. Now that you are potentially facing penalties for two crimes and a probation violation, you may be tempted to lose hope. Don’t give up.
By pleading guilty, you won’t be “cooperating” with a police investigation, helping yourself, or helping your family. You won’t make things easier. Instead, you may be giving up years of your life to the criminal justice system.
Both prosecutors and judges have a reputation for being especially tough on convicted criminals who they believe commit crimes while on probation. You can’t count on them for leniency. Consider how fully the deck is already stacked against you at a VOP hearing.
- You have no right to bond before your VOP hearing. As a result, you can be incarcerated until your trial.
- You have no right to a jury trial for your probation violation.
- Secondhand comments (hearsay) can be used against you.
- You can be forced to testify against yourself.
- The legal standard of guilt is much lower. A prosecutor does not have to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, only guilt by a preponderance of the evidence.
- Penalties for violating probation can be harsh. They include reinstatement of probation, toughening the conditions or revoking probation altogether. Revocation is not a good thing.
- It means that if the judge finds that you violated your probation, you can be sentences to jail or prison for the maximum time you faced on your original charge. This is true, even if you observed all of the other requirements of your probation.
- A prosecutor may still use the charge against you at your VOP hearing, even if your new charge is dismissed or defeated at trial.
These are not reasons to despair, but reasons to retain an attorney who can help you fight. If you have been arrested for a drug charge, firearms violation, physical assault or other crime in violation of your probation, you are not without options.
I can represent you at your VOP hearing, pleading your actual innocence to a violation of probation, that you fully complied with your conditions or the prosecution is unable to prove a violation due to a lack of evidence.
I can also work to have your charges dropped or overturned at trial. By eliminating your criminal charge, I can eliminate the reason behind your alleged probation violation.
Hire me, and I will do everything in my power to eliminate or reduce the severity of any criminal penalties you face. I will meet with you, listen to your concerns and explain your options for avoiding significant penalties whenever possible.
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For more information and a free, confidential consultation with an experienced probation violation lawyer, contact me at the Law Office of Jessica Travis, P.A., in Orlando, Florida, online or by calling 407-233-3210 or 888-778-7638 toll free.
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