Probation can be a Slippery Slope to Jail

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Did you know the number one reason people are arrested is for a violation of probation.  More people are rearrested for a violation of probation than any other reason.  Do not take probation lightly.  Probation is a second chance and the judges take it seriously.  Probation does restrict your lifestyle.  You can’t smoke weed anymore.  You can’t pop pills, get high or get rowdy like you used to.  If you are on probation for a DUI, you probably cannot drive and you really should not get drunk or tipsy.

Why do people get violated?

Probation officers have hundreds of cases assigned to them.  If they can find a reason to violate you, it is one less person for them to supervise.  Many are just looking for some good reason to violate you and get you off of their caseload.  Many probation officers have an “attitude” and will bust you for some silly technical violation.  If you haven’t paid restitution, haven’t paid your costs of supervision or haven’t paid your court costs, look out.  When it get close to the end of your probation, your officer will file an affidavit for a violation of probation with the Court and an arrest warrant will issue.  You will wake up in jail, waiting for a probation violation hearing and sit there for weeks.  You will wake up in jail, waiting for a probation violation hearing and sit there for weeks.  Pay attention to your probation terms.  If you do not have the money, write a letter to your probation officer explaining why you cannot pay.  The Court is not supposed to violate you if you do not have the ability to pay.  In the meantime, however, you may sit in jail for weeks waiting for a violation hearing.

Another common reason for a violation is a dirty urine.  Never admit to smoking or using.  Never admit to smoking or using.  Never admit to smoking or using
Never change your address without letting them know.  Do not wait until your next report date, Notify your PO immediately of any change in your status.  If you are on house arrest or community control, follow the schedule religiously.  Be where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be.

If you slip and use coke, meth or pot, get some help immediately.  Drug addiction is a sickness and being addicted to Opiates or Heroin is an illness that needs treatment, not imprisonment.  If you find yourself going down that path again, check into a rehab.  Your probation officer is much more likely to give you a break if you are trying to help yourself.
As a Sarasota Probation violation Criminal Defense attorney,I handle probation violations almost every week.

If you get on the front end of the problem, you are much more likely to stay out of jail or prison.  If you think you are going to have a problem of a violation, call for a free consultation in Sarasota at 941 366 3506 or you can call our Probation Violation Lawyers in Ft. Myers office at 239 334 8890