If you are facing consequences for violating your probation, contact the St. Lucie probation violation attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. today. There are some instances where a person may know that they are violating the conditions of their probation; in other cases, a probation violation may be made through a mistake, negligence, or due to no fault of the person on probation. In order to be found guilty of violating probation, it must be shown that the individual committed a substantial and willful violation of the conditions of their probation.
If you have been accused of violating your probation, understanding your rights and knowing how to maneuver through the legal process of defending yourself can be confusing and overwhelming. Do not go through this difficult period alone. With over 20 years of experience zealously defending individuals accused of crimes in St. Lucie County, including Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West, Tradition, Fort Pierce, Lakewood, and other nearby areas, the legal team at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. understands how to protect your rights. Contact the experienced probation violation attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. by calling 772-336-4357 and schedule a free consultation.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Being convicted of violating probation can have devastating and lasting consequences for your life. Fortunately, however, there are several strong defenses you can use to fight your accusation. That said, these defenses may not be obvious or easy to mount for someone unfamiliar with the legal system. To protect yourself and your future, you need the help of an experienced criminal attorney.
Why Choose Us?
With over 20 years of experience in St. Lucie criminal defense, The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. is the law firm for you. We are familiar with the defenses that you can use against a probation violation charge. We will be able to look into your unique circumstances and find the optimal defense for you.
Consequences of Violating Your Probation
Judges often see probation as a more suitable option than jail time for individuals who have committed relatively minor infractions. Although not imprisoned, being on probation still means that the individual is under the supervision of the criminal justice system and that they must strictly adhere to the terms of their probation as outlined by the judge. Failure to follow the conditions mandated by the court may lead to a probation violation that can result in more severe punishments.
Some of the most frequent violations of probation include the following:
- Testing positive for the use of drugs or alcohol
- Unlawfully possessing a controlled substance
- Missing appointments with a probation officer
- Failing to meet financial obligations
- Failing to complete court-ordered programs
- Committing any new criminal conduct
If you have violated any of the terms of your probation, an arrest warrant may be issued for you, or a probation officer can arrest you. Upon arrest, and after reviewing the facts of your violations, a judge can hold a sentencing hearing during which they can sentence you to up to the full punishment for your underlying and original unlawful conduct, including jail time and fines. Additionally, if you have violated your probation due to a new criminal offense, you may also be subject to additional punishments for the new crime.
While violating probation can have devastating consequences for you and your family, it does not necessarily have to be a life-altering offense. If your violation was not substantial or willful, a judge may find that you did not actually violate your probation and allow you to continue with the original conditions of your probation (or amend your conditions).
Knowing how to navigate the legal system and potentially prove that you did not, in fact, violate your probation are daunting tasks that should not be attempted by anyone without the proper experience. That’s why the knowledgeable St. Lucie probation violation attorneys at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. are here to help you in your time of need.
Even if you have been accused of violating your probation, it does not mean that you have forfeited your rights. Knowing what constitutes a violation and what defenses you may have to an accusation of probation violation can be complicated and confusing. If you have been accused of a probation violation, do not proceed through hearings and sentencing without understanding your rights. For help, contact the experienced St. Lucie probation violation lawyers at The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. today by calling 772-336-4357.