Can you avoid a Probation Violation?

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Can you avoid a Probation Violation?

If you are on probation, this is always in the back of your mind.  Probation can be a trap and if you are truly not guilty, pleading to probation to simply get your case over with can be a big mistake.

This is particularly true if you end up on either drug offender probation or sex offender probation.  Don’t get me wrong, it is better than jail but it is so easy to screw up and end of with a technical violation.  Here are some important tips:

Always advise you probation officer of a change of address before you move.

When you make a payment, keep proof that you paid for fees and costs.

Never miss an appointment, no matter what.

Never have an “attitude” with your probation officer.

Never leave the County without checking with your probation officer.

Do not possess a firearm while on probation.

Never smoke weed while on probation.  The urine tests are mostly accurate.

Try hard not to get arrested for anything.

If you hang with people that use drugs you put yourself at risk.  If you are on probation, just “chill” and put the wild side of your life on hold for a while.  Control your drinking because if you are intoxicated or high you are likely to get in trouble and get busted.  If your probation officer says he or she is going to get a warrant and have you arrested, call us immediately.  Sometimes we can resolve problems before the judge actually issues a warrant for violation of probation.  Sometimes, the violation is simply a misunderstanding.  A violation has to be “willful and substantial” and we may be able to keep you out of jail.  As probation violation lawyers, our job is to try and keep you from being violated.  Do not wait until you are arrested.  Talk to a Ft. Myers or Sarasota criminal defense lawyer before it happens.  If you have a problem, call for a free consultation before they detain you Ft Myers  239-334-8890    Sarasota 941-366-3506   we can help