If you are being accused of violating your probation, contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. quickly to protect your freedom. We have extensive experience defending individuals who have been accused of probation violations in Okeechobee and across Indian River County. Attorney David Golden and his team have helped individuals who have been accused of misdemeanor or felony violations of probation (VOP).
Violations of probation and violations of community control are serious matters and can impact your life and your freedom. If you have been accused of a probation violation in Okeechobee, contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. to discuss your legal options. Contact us at 863-220-4400 or fill out a contact form online to schedule a confidential case review at no cost.
Why You Need a Defense Attorney after a Probation Violation
While you may assume that a probation violation is a minor infraction, it can have profound consequences on your life, including the loss of your freedom. To avoid those consequences, you need to hire an attorney who has the experience necessary to defend you. If the probation officer determines that any of the conditions of probation were not satisfied or the instructions were not followed, or if the Accused commits a new offense, an arrest warrant could be obtained.
The Accused has the right to a trial before a judge (but not a jury), and the State will no longer have the more difficult burden of proof. Instead of presenting evidence that shows your guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” all the prosecutor needs to show is that the violation more than likely occurred. This means that you will need an attorney on your side who understands how the build the strongest possible defense on your behalf.
What Constitutes a Probation Violation?
The provisions of probation vary according to the severity of the crime originally committed. Some common ways people violate their probation include:
- Failing to meet your probation officer
- Failing to appear in court
- Not paying fines
- Traveling where or when you are not permitted to
- Committing additional crimes
Fortunately, there are may be several good defenses for probation violation, including good faith, good behavior, and good reason. Your probation violation lawyer will be able to determine which defense will work best based on the details of your case.
What Can Happen after a Probation Violation Conviction?
Should you be convicted of a probation violation, the judge will determine one of the following:
- Your probation should be reinstated as it was, with no change.
- Your probation should be modified to include stricter penalties and requirements.
- Your probation should be revoked, and you should face the original penalties of your conviction.
In the last case, this can mean you are required to serve a prison sentence. Because judges have so much power over your punishment, it is crucial that your criminal defense lawyer knows how to work with your judge, so you aren’t left in a far worse position than before your violation.
We Can Help Keep Your Probation on Track
The right defense attorney can help fight to make sure a probation violation doesn’t result in the loss of your freedom. If you or someone you know is facing a charge of probation violation in Okeechobee, Taylor Creek, Fort Drum, or other areas of Okeechobee County, The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your hearing. Call us at 863-220-4400 to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your rights today.