Florida & Coral Gables Probation Violations Attorney
Following a conviction of a criminal offense, certain offenders may be sentenced to a period of probation instead of time in jail or prison. While probation is often the preferable penalty for a conviction, the probation system is complex and strict and can result in many issues for some offenders. Unfortunately, numerous individuals end up back in court facing allegations of violating the terms of their probation. Like any other appearance in court, having quality representation is imperative to protect your rights during probation violation hearings. If you have been accused of a probation violation in or around Miami or Coral Gables, your first call should be to experienced criminal defense and probation violation attorney Alfredo A. Izaguirre for help.
Probation can have strict conditions in Florida
The probation experience is often very different for each individual participant, since the conditions of each person’s probation are specifically tailored based on the circumstances of each case and the underlying offense. Such conditions are generally at the discretion of either the prosecutor, probation officer, or judge overseeing the case, or a combination of all three. Conditions can include–but are not limited to–the following:
- Regular meetings with a probation officer;
- Payment of court fines;
- Payment of probation fees;
- Abstaining from drugs and alcohol;
- Passing random substance abuse tests;
- Participating in substance abuse treatment or classes;
- Undergoing a mental evaluation and/or therapy;
- Social limitations;
- Travel limitations;
- Obeying laws and having no encounters with law enforcement;
- Maintaining employment or enrollment in school; and
- Community service.
Because one individual may have numerous conditions with which they must comply, a person may not even realize that they may have violated a certain condition. Additionally, probation officers can often make mistakes and allege violations when none actually occurred.
Penalties of a probation violation
If a judge finds that you committed a probation violation, you may face many different consequences depending on many factors such as the nature of the violation, the offense in your underlying case, any previous violations, and more. Some consequences may include increased conditions, extension of your probation, complete revocation of your probation leading to jail time, or even new criminal charges. Because of these potentially serious consequences that may result for this type of allegation, you should always be represented by a defense attorney familiar with cases involving probation violations.
How an experienced Miami and Coral Gables probation violation defense attorney can help you
Even though many people may not believe that probation violations are a serious matter, these cases can result in harsh penalties if you are found guilty of the alleged violations. At the law office of Alfredo A. Izaguirre, our Coral Gables probation violation attorneys know how to communicate with probation officers, prosecutors, and judges to help you obtain the best result possible in your probation violation case. We will build an effective defense to make sure you are not wrongfully subjected to disciplinary action or additional consequences for violations you did not commit. Please do not hesitate to call us today at 305-442-0425 to learn more about how we can help you.