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Fort Myers Probation Violation Defense Lawyers

For many individuals looking at the prospect of a criminal conviction – whether facing a long prison sentence or a short jail term – a sentence of probation can be an excellent result that keeps them out of jail and at home with their family, free to go to work and earn a living, and otherwise experience life as a member of the community. However, probation comes with many strings attached, and it can be all too easy to violate the terms of probation. Receiving probation requires entering a guilty plea, and violating probation means you can be sentenced immediately without a hearing and forced to serve whatever sentence was initially entered but suspended.

Before your probation can be revoked, however, you have the right to a hearing, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney of your choosing. Foley & Wilson Law Firm, with 45 years of experience in criminal law as Florida criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys, can advise you of your options and provide you with skilled, diligent representation at your violation of probation hearing. We will work to prevent your probation from being revoked, extended, or modified, depending on the circumstances and your best interests. Contact our experienced Fort Myers probation violation defense lawyers today.

Standard Terms and Conditions of Probation in Florida

Florida law contains a list of standard terms and conditions that must be followed when you are placed on probation as an alternative to being sentenced to jail. In addition, the sentencing judge has the authority to order any alternative or additional terms and conditions as the court deems proper. Below is a look at the standard terms of conditions that apply in most instances. Failing to comply with any of the following could lead to charges of a probation violation:

  • Don’t break the law. Note that you could be considered in violation of the law and violation of probation even without being convicted of any offense.
  • Report to your probation officer (P.O.) regularly as ordered.
  • Pay any fines or costs owed to the court, as well as the costs of your supervision.
  • Make restitution or reparations as required.
  • Perform any community service required by the court.
  • Submit to urinalysis testing when requested by your P.O.
  • Allow visits by your P.O. at your residence or other places.
  • Maintain suitable employment.
  • Don’t associate with others who may be engaged in criminal acts.
  • Remain within any place specified in your probation.
  • Refrain from owning, carrying or possessing a firearm or other weapon unless you get your P.O.’s consent.
  • Refrain from overindulging in alcohol or possessing any drugs without a prescription.
  • Submit a sample to the DNA database as required.

Modification or Termination of Probation in Fort Myers

If the state is moving to revoke your probation, it might be in your best interests to agree to an extension of probation rather than face revocation or other adverse consequences, including the imposition of additional terms and conditions tacked on to your probation. Even if you are not facing a violation of probation, there may be instances where a modification of your probation terms is necessary for employment or to see your kids without violating probation. Foley & Wilson Law Firm can represent you in a violation of probation hearing as well as motions before the court to modify or terminate probation for good cause.

Get Help With Violation of Probation Hearings in Fort Myers

Probation is often an excellent outcome when charged with a crime, but violating that probation can impose serious hardships. For help with probation modifications or defense against charges you violated your probation in Fort Myers, contact Foley & Wilson Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your situation.

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