Fort Walton Beach Probation Violation Attorneys
Trusted Guidance & Advocacy from Vanover Law Firm
If you have been sentenced to probation, it's easy to feel as if your life is under a microscope. You'll have to meet requirements and perform tasks you're not accustomed to—all the while knowing that the slightest slip-up to could lead to serious legal ramifications. In Florida, someone found guilty of a probation violation can then have the remainder of their original sentence imposed and quickly find themselves back in jail or prison.
If you have been accused of a probation violation, however, you may still have viable legal options. At Vanover Law Firm, we have helped countless clients accused of probation violations that needed their future and reputation defended at their evidentiary hearing. We're ready to review your case, hear your story, and ensure the court is thoroughly informed of circumstances that led to this accusation.
You do not have to face these allegations without a proven legal advocate in your corner. Call our trusted Fort Walton Beach probation violation lawyers at (850) 999-0006 today.
Navigating Your Probation Violation Case
Probation is designed to give some offenders a chance to forgo incarceration and resume their lives. In order maintain their freedom, they must regularly meet with a probation officer and, depending on the circumstances of their original case, meet other requirements. This is difficult for many individuals and even a slight deviation from these requirements can result in serious legal complications.
Common probation violations include:
- Failure to meet with probation officer
- Failure to comply with drug screening or recovery program
- Failure to pay restitution, fines, court costs, etc.
- Failure to pass drug tests
- New criminal charges
- Mental health issues
- Accidental incidents, negligence, etc.
The Probation Violation Process
If you have been charged with a probation violation, an Affidavit of Violation or a Department of Corrections Violation Report will be filed by your probation officer. The court will then review that document and determine whether or not a warrant should be issued. If it is, an evidentiary hearing will be set so that the defendant has a chance to explain why the violation occurred. The prosecution will have to prove that there was a "substantial and willful" intent to violate the terms of the probation by the defendant.
At Vanover Law Firm, our Okaloosa County criminal defense lawyers are well-aware that these accusations are often a result of misunderstandings or the defendant's honest inability to meet the requirements set forth by the court. We're ready to put forth a clear and compelling narrative on our clients' behalf and ensure that the court knows that the trust it offered the defendant was not misplaced.
The time to act is now. Contact us today to start exploring your options with a free case evaluation.