Florida law provides for the placing of both misdemeanor and felony offenders on probation as a form of punishment for their crimes. Often probation carries heavy conditions such as reporting each month, performance community service hours, the paying of fines and court costs, drug testing and the paying of restitution. Not completing any condition of probation is a violation. If you violate probation the law allows for you to be sentenced to the maximum jail penalty allowed by law. If you commit a new law violation while on probation, the jail time you serve can be consecutive to any time you receive for the new law violation. This means you would serve any jail time for the new law violation first and then you would have to serve your time for the violation of probation. This could result in a very lengthy sentence!
Violations of probation charges are very serious matters. Often a person is given no bond when they are arrested on the violation warrant so there is no ability to get out of jail. Many probation officers will recommend the maximum sentence if an offender is not represented by a competent attorney. Do not trust the probation officer to be looking out for your best interest.
If you have been arrested in the Orlando area for a violation of probation call the office of Finebloom & Haenel today at 407-218-6277. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to consult with you or your representative about our ability to mitigate your sentence.