Violations Of Probation (VOP) Cases Are Stressful
Probation takes the place of extensive fines and time behind bars for those who are on the other side of criminal accusations. While any sentence involving probation may seem a great fortune, probation carries numerous risks. If your probation officer even suspects that you have failed to abide by the agreed-upon terms, you may quickly find yourself in jail.
The prosecution need not prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The odds may seem stacked against you, but with the help of an experienced criminal defense team, you can stay out of jail.
At Glenn & Hibbert, P.A., our attorneys Colleen Glenn and Andrew Hibbert understand how stressful violation accusations can be. We desire nothing more than to bring your case to a favorable conclusion.
Understanding The Types Of Probation Violations
Probation violations are either substantive or technical. Substantive violations occur when those on probation are arrested for crimes that differ significantly from the offenses that first resulted in probation. Technical violations are far more common; these vary significantly but generally involve breaking the terms of the probation. Examples of technical violations include:
- Testing positive for drugs or alcohol
- Failing to show up for mandated courtroom appearances
- Failing to take part in mandated educational programs
- Not paying required court fees
Through exhaustive investigation and effective legal strategy, we at Glenn & Hibbert, P.A., can help you prove that you complied with the terms of your probation agreement.
Violation Of Probation And Burden Of Proof
In standard criminal cases, a person accused of committing the crime remains innocent until extensive evidence proves otherwise. Unfortunately, those on probation cannot rely on this burden of proof. Rather than proving beyond a reasonable doubt, the state must merely provide a preponderance of the evidence for one judge, who then determines whether the person’s actions were a willful and substantial violation of his or her probation terms.
Passionate Probation Defense
Probation violation charges are serious. If you are found guilty, you could be facing having to complete the original maximum jail sentence or pay the maximum fines of your initial criminal allegations. However, if you work with our experienced team of attorneys, you may be able to avoid harsh criminal sentencing. Call our office in Sarasota at 941-357-1775 or email us to schedule a consultation.