Have you violated your Probation in Florida?
Thomas C. Grajek, Attorney at Law is a top rated lawyer with offices in Lakeland, Tampa, and Lutz, Florida. We accept clients charged with a crime or in violation of probation in Polk County, Pasco County, Hillsborough County and surrounding areas. Call today and let me work to keep you out of prison.
VOP Cases We Handle
Some of the VOP cases we handle include but are not limited to:
- Probation Violation
- Reinstatement of Probation
- Early Termination of Probation
- Withhold of Adjudication
- Motion to Suppress VOP
- Motion to Dismiss VOP
- Modify Probation
What You Should Know About Violation of Probation in Florida
Unlike most arrests, when you are arrested for violating your probation or community control, you are not entitled to a bond, although the judge may give you a bond. That makes it important to get your case resolved as quickly as possible with the best result for you.
Even though your court date may be more than a month away, that does not mean I can not speed up the process for you. I can contact the prosecutor and work towards resolving your case and getting you released from jail.We can also add your case onto the court docket weeks sooner and resolve your case. I handle both felony and misdemeanor VOP cases. I urge you to hire a probation violation lawyer if you have violated the terms of probation and are facing probation revocation, and I hop you call my office to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Probation Violations
- Dirty Urinary Analysis Positive for Drugs or Alcohol
- Change of Residence Without Prior P.O. Notification
- Failure to Complete a Substance Abuse Program
- Not Paying Court Fees or Costs
- Missed Appointments with P.O. or for Drug Testing
- Violation of GPS Constraints on House Arrest
- Committing Another Crime
DON’T LOSE YOUR WITHHOLD OF ADJUDICATION. KEEP YOUR ABILITY TO SEAL YOUR RECORD. CALL AND SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL ATTORNEY.
Why You Need an Attorney for a Probation Violation
Many people on probation know they have a warrant outstanding for violating their probation. They are afraid of reporting to their probation officer for fear of being arrested and taken into custody. Unfortunately, that cause them more problems because it adds additional grounds to the violation affidavit.
Most people with an outstanding warrant want me to contact the prosecutor and work out their case. However, the prosecutor usually will not speak to your violation of probation attorney until you have been booked into the jail on the VOP. Some counties allow you to turn yourself into the court and you can ask for a bond at that time. Your time in jail is limited to being booked into the jail and the time necessary to process your bond, but that is rare.
Usually, the best way to handle the situation, is to hire an experienced criminal lawyer like me, then turn yourself into the jail and your legal counsel can appear with you in court the next day at your first appearance and request a bond or try and resolve your case at that time.
This way you spend the least amount of time in jail.
Defending Violations of Probation
There are many defenses to Violation of Probation cases. The prosecutor has to prove that your violation was willful and substantial violation of the terms of your probation. You are also entitled to file Motions to Suppress or Dismiss in your VOP case. As a violation of probation attorney with years and vast experience handling VOP cases, I can try your hearing if necessary.
There are many ways and options available to resolve your case. There are many alternatives less restrictive than jail or prison that you may be eligible for:
Alternatives to Jail or Prison Time
- house arrest
- community control
- in-patient treatment program for drugs or psychological issues
- GPS monitoring
- weekends at the jail
- weekend work release
It is important to have an experienced probation violation attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Many times I can protect your Withhold of Adjudication by negotiating with the prosecutor to MODIFY and REINSTATE your probation so that you are not Adjudicated Guilty and convicted of a crime. This way you stay eligible to seal your record!
If you are you currently on probation, community control, or house arrest you may be eligible to terminate your probation early! Often, I can get the motion filed and have your probation terminated within a days if you qualify for an early termination of your probation.
How To Get Off Probation Early In Florida
- Don’t get a Violation of Probation.
- Don’t pay the cost of supervision if you don’t have to.
- Call me so that I can file a Motion to Terminate your Probation Early.
Get Off Probation Now With A Lakeland Probation and Parole Lawyer
If you have performed satisfactorily while on probation, have not been found in violation of any terms or conditions of your probation pr supervision, and have met all of the financial conditions of your probation (including fines, court costs, costs, restitution, and the cost of supervision), I can file a motion to terminate your probation early and get you off probation!
If you are on community control or house arrest, we can ask the court to convert your community control or house arrest to straight probation. Don’t live with these restrictions on your freedom and be subject to violating your house arrest or community control, call me today. I can also request the court remove the GPS in your criminal case.
“ONCE YOUR PROBATION IS TERMINATED, YOU MAY THEN BEGIN TO SEAL YOUR RECORD.”
“ONCE YOUR PROBATION IS TERMINATED, YOU MAY THEN BEGIN TO SEAL YOUR RECORD.”
CALL AND SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY TODAY SO WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.
It is important to have an experienced violation of probation attorney who knows the the criminal justice system. Even if you can not terminate your probation, I can file a Motion to MODIFY your probation if a special condition of your probation is causing you financial hardship or your ability to work and be employed.
DON’T LOSE YOUR WITHHOLD OF ADJUDICATION. KEEP YOUR ABILITY TO SEAL YOUR RECORD.
CALL AND SPEAK TO AN EXPERIENCED VIOLATION OF PROBATION LAWYER TODAY.
Each case is different and unique based upon the individual facts of your case. Call now to set up your free consultation so I can answer any questions you may have regarding your Violation of Probation case.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS…CALL AND SET YOUR FREE CONSULTATION WITH AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY!
What does community control mean under Florida law?
Under Florida law, being subject to a community control order usually means that you are confined to your home. Except that is for extremely limited and specific reasons. It is a taxing regime to live under, even for a short period. In some situations, it is possible to get a community order changed to probation which allows for greater freedom. An attorney who has experience in this area will be able to move quickly to arrange this where the law allows.
What is a withhold of adjudication?
A withhold of adjudication is a way to give someone who has been accused of a crime a chance to adjust their behavior without ending up with a criminal record. It is a form of probation without the same level of stigma. It has a far less long-term impact on a person than being convicted of a crime. A good defense attorney will have the knowledge needed to recognize when it is possible to negotiate this finding with the judge.
How does the weekend work release program work?
The weekend work release program is an alternative way to serve a jail sentence. Usually, you are required to report to a certain jail and carry out work that is assigned to you every Saturday and Sunday. This is done until the days worked add up to the jail sentence that has been handed down. Work release programs provide criminals convicted of lesser offenses with the chance to hold down regular jobs, during the week.
How do you ask a judge for early termination of probation?
When asking for early probation termination, you have to file a motion and submit the required documents. Filing the motion and completing the forms is an easy task. What you should consider is if you are eligible for the probation termination. There are many factors to consider, like the time you’ve served your sentence, classes or seminars that prove you’re already rehabilitated, and the fines that you’ve paid off.
Do all house arrests involve GPS constraints?
No. There’s a variety of electronic monitoring devices that can be used to track a person under house arrest. The device that the court will require you still depends on the crime that you have committed. Other than GPS devices, courts may also require you to wear the basic electronic monitoring device or the SCRAM device.
What are my legal rights at a revocation hearing?
Aside from the due process rights that a person has in a probation revocation hearing, he also has the right to be heard by the court. When a trial court refuses to hear evidence and arguments related to a sentence, it constitutes a fundamental error and is a denial of due process.