If you live in Ft. Myers, Port Charlotte, Sarasota or Bradenton, did you know that the number one reason people get arrested is for a violation of Probation.
In Lee County, more people were arrested for a violation than any other reason. It is easy to screw up and violate. It can be something as simple as not letting your probation officer know that you moved. It can be a dirty urine for either pot, pills or cocaine or something you have no control over, like not paying your costs of supervision, restitution or court costs. Many people will plea to a charge and agree to pay restitution, and then later lose their job or benefits, and not be able to pay. If your probation officer tells you he is submitting an affidavit for a violation to the judge, you need to reach out and contact a good criminal lawyer right away. You may have used the Lee County public defender for your original case and that may be why you find yourself in a pickle now. You may have agreed to restitution you cannot pay. You may be an addict and had a slip while on probation. You may have been ordered to get an anger management evaluation and simply forgot to get it or not had the money for it. You may have traveled out of County without permission. If you are on sex offender probation, that is entirely another story. The probation department is absolutely out to find some reason, no matter how small, to file a violation report. Although in theory the goal of probation is rehabilitation, when it comes to sex offenders the goal is to put you in jail.
As criminal defense attorneys we deal with violations all the time. As a sex crime lawyer, I handle sex offender probation violations and you have to take them seriously. A sex offender probation violation will land you in State prison for years. To prove a violation, the State has to show that the violation is willful and substantial. Our goal is to get you a second chance and get your reinstated and keep you from jail. Many times when the warrant is executed and you are picked up, you are held without bond. It is for that very reason, you have to hire a good lawyer before you are picked up. Find a way to raise the money to do it. A good experience criminal lawyer can make a huge difference in the outcome.
If you think you are about to be violated for a probation violation, call Sean O’Halloran at 239 334 8890 in Ft. Myers or Charlotte County at 941-639-6009, if you live in Sarasota County or Manatee County, call Peter Aiken at941 366 3506 for a free consultation. Do not wait and get arrested call now