Violations of Probation
Violations of Probation happen quite often. In fact, if you look at the inmates in the Pasco County Jail, most of them are in for a VOP. Why? Because when you violate probation, you are arrested and there is NO BOND.
While it may seem like a good idea at the time, when you plead guilty to a crime and are placed on probation, you are undertaking a very difficult task. Probation, especially Felony Probation through the Florida Department of Corrections, is tough. The requirements might be to:
- Meet with a probation officer monthly
- Allow your PO into your home at any time of the day or night
- Get permission from your PO before leaving the county, moving, or getting a new job.
- Curfew of 10 PM to 6 AM
- Random Drug Tests
- Community Service Hours
- Anger Management Courses
- Drug Treatment
- No Contact with the victims of the crime
- Court Fees
If you are on probation and arrested for a new crime, you will most likely be violated and have NO BOND. You will sit in jail until your case is resolved. In Pinellas and Pasco counties this could take months. Unless you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can often get you into court earlier and out of jail.
Exceptions to arrest and No Bond can happen in misdemeanor violations of probation and certain felony cases, particularly in Pinellas County. You should consult with an attorney before you make any decisions.
Felony violations of probation score high on the Florida Criminal Scoresheet. High scores equal mandatory prison sentences. Misdemeanor violations of probation may land you jail time.
There are ways around prison and jail if you violate your probation. You need competent, aggressive, negotiators who can argue on your behalf.