Probation Violations

A Probation Violation Can Send You Back To Jail

Probation violations are a risk to anyone on probation. There are two types of violations, and violations of either can result in the revocation of your parole. A substantive violation occurs when you are charged with violating a law unrelated to your original conviction and probation. A technical violation occurs when you violate the terms of your probation.

Violation of probation is governed by Florida Statute Section 948.06, a very long and complex statute. Dealing with such a statute can be difficult and confusing. In Vero Beach, Adam Chrzan, Attorney At Law, can help you with a violation of probation hearing. Because of the complexity of probation violations, you need a lawyer who can work to help you avoid the negative consequences of having your probation revoked.

Technical Violations

Technical violations are always a risk. You fail to appear at, or are late to, a probation meeting, if you fail to complete the assigned number of hours of service, fail a urinalysis, fail to pay fines or costs or violate the curfew hours are all technical violations.

You may have a valid reason for missing a meeting; perhaps your car broke down or you became ill, but technical violations can result in revocation of your probation if you fail to raise a defense. Adam Chrzan is experienced in handling these hearings.

Substantive Violations

A substantive violation is any new criminal charge. If you are on probation for a DUI conviction and you are stopped while driving on a suspended license, that new charge is independent of your probation and could be used to revoke you probation.

Different Standards Of Proof

Because probation is a privilege, different evidentiary standards apply to the revocations. This lower standard makes it more important to have an attorney who can exploit weaknesses in the prosecution's case. For instance, the state must prove violations were willful, which is more than simply presenting a showing that you failed to appear at a probation meeting.

Contact Adam Chrzan Today

Call as soon as you suspect you may have violated your probation. Our firm can help and may be able to lower your bond amount and may be able to prevent the revocation of your probation. We are quick to respond and offer free initial consultations. Call our office at 772-410-3722 or send us an email.