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Vero Beach Probation Violation Lawyer
As a substitute for serving time in prison, some criminal offenders who are found guilty are sentenced by the court system to probation. This sentencing lets the individual remain in their community with supervision and routine check-ins with a probation officer. As long as the individual abides by the rules of his or her probation, everything is fine. Unfortunately, breaking probation is a common occurrence and could lead to serious problems.
An alleged violation of your probation can lead to consequences, such as a term in prison, so the most important thing right now is for you to get the best defense attorney you can to defend you against this charge. Probation is a very common penalty for many different crimes, including driving under the influence (DUI), prescription drug charges, theft, and other misdemeanors. While this means that you avoid a jail or prison sentence, probation is by no means easy to live with. Nor is it easy to follow all the restrictions placed on you. The rules can be complex, and violation can lead to profound consequences.
No matter the circumstances around your probation violation, The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. can offer you experienced assistance that can help you overcome these difficulties and ensure you don’t deal with far worse penalties.
If you or someone you know has been accused of violating probation, call 772-770-4101 so The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. can start reviewing your case. We offer free and confidential consultations, so don’t hesitate to call now.
A Lawyer Knows How to Protect You from Probation Violation Consequences
It can be easy to consider probation only a minor inconvenience to your life and a violation no big deal. But if you are found guilty of a violation, you may risk far more serious consequences.
To avoid that, you need a defense lawyer that knows how Florida law can be used to defend yourself most effectively. Your criminal defense attorney will be able to use evidence, circumstance, and the law to help you argue against the charge and to insist on a reduction in penalties. You may even be able to argue out of the charge outright.
Use the Experience of The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. to Fight Charges of Probation Violation
The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. has spent the last 20 years successfully helping Vero Beach community members facing probation violation charges avoid further penalties. Mr. Golden’s long list of successes throughout his career can be attributed to the devotion and dedication he shows his clients, as well as his extensive knowledge of the law and how to make it work for those accused of violating probation.
The gratitude of his former clients is easy to see in the awards he has received, including the 2015 Avvo Clients’ Choice for Criminal Defense.
The Potential Consequences You Face for a Probation Violation
The punishment for violating probation will depend on the specifics of the original charge and the potential penalties from the first conviction. Should you be found guilty of a violation, the judge can:
- Reinstate your probation
- Modify your probation
- Revoke your probation
In other words, the judge can leave your probation as it was before without change (reinstate), add new penalties or requirements to your probation (modify), or remove your probation entirely and sentence you to any penalties available from the previous conviction, including maximum sentences (revoke).
It is important to understand that the burden of proof for a prosecutor in a probation violation case is only a preponderance of the evidence (meaning more than half the evidence supports the prosecutor’s argument), which is a much lower standard than the requirement of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal case. Additionally, there is no statute of limitations on violations of probation, so they can be prosecuted at any time.
Facing a Charge of a Probation Violation? Come to The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A.
Probation cases can be complicated and there is a great deal of leeway for the judge. Consequences will partly depend on the circumstances of the violation and the defense put forward. You don’t want to risk your freedom over a probation violation. The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. can help you keep your probation intact. Call us at 772-770-4101 if you or someone you know is facing a probation violation charge in Vero Beach, Gifford, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Oslo, Wabasso, or anywhere in Indian River County.