Can you bond out on a Probation Violation?

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Sean O’Halloran

http://www.floridaprobationviolations.com

There are several ways you may be able to get a bond set in a probation violation case.  It depends on why your probation was violated, the type of crime you were originally placed on probation for and how it is presented to the Court.  If you think you have a probation violation coming, you need to talk to an attorney immediately.  If it is what is known as a technical violation like changing your address, not paying restitution or Court costs, not paying your Probation fees or a dirty urine, your attorney may be able to negotiate with the probation department and get a recommendation of bond.  The attorney can also contact the prosecutor and in some instances work out a stipulation for bond.  If the probation violation is for a new crime, the only way you may get a bond is to file for a bond reduction with the Court.  This requires the filing of a motion and the setting of a hearing.  It is a lot easier to deal with these issues before you are picked up.

The other advantage of hiring an attorney before you are arrestedon the probation violation warrant is your attorney may be able to work out a reinstatement of probation and get your case resolved at first appearance.  If you have the public defender, chances are nothing will be done by your public defender until after you are arrested.

If you are on probation for certain offenses, you may not get released on bond until the Court has a “Danger Hearing” where your attorney has to establish that you do not constitute a threat to the safety of the public.  If you get arrested in Lee, Charlotte or Sarasota County we may be able to resolve your probation violation.  If you do not do something, you may sit in jail for six weeks or so waiting for you final probation violation hearing.  If you get picked up in Ft. Myers, Sean O’Halloran, as a former prosecutor may be able to get a bond set for you.  If you are arrested on the violation in Sarasota call Peter Aiken.  Our office in Sarasota is just steps away from the downtown Probation officeIn Lee County, call 239 334 8890.    In Sarasota County, call 941 366 3506

 

Violated Sex Offender Probation?

 

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Sean O’Halloran

http://www.floridaprobationviolations.com

 

A violation of sex offender probation must be taken very seriously.  It can land you in State Prison and impact your life forever.  If you have been to State prison, you already know this. If you originally did not serve any time you may not appreciate how tough things are there.

As a sex crime lawyer, I have found that probation officers are just looking for a reason to violate you.  The most common way is to claim that your electronic monitor registered an alert indicating you were not at home or did not follow your schedule.  There are defenses to these false alerts and the monitors register false alerts regularly requiring you to “walk the box”.  These types of violations can be defended.

Another common violation is for a new arrest.  If you are a registered sex offender you know what I am talking about.  You may have forgotten to register twice a year with the Sheriff.  You may have traveled into a prohibited area.  You may have failed to register an email address or a screen name.  You may not have paid your supervision fees.  In Lee County the Sheriff’s department has a special division dedicated to finding a way to arrest and violate you.  They are not your friends and in the real world, they are out to arrest and prosecute you.

If you change your address without notifying the sheriff you may have a problem.  Many times someone merely stays with someone else for a few days and does not realize a change of address may be required.  Violations still have to be wilful and substantial just because you are arrested it does not mean that you are automatically going to jail.  I have been handling probation violations for over thirty years and as a sex crime lawyer I understand how very tough the situation may be.  It is not impossible.  Call today for a free consultation at the office in Ft. Myers at 239 334 8890 or call in Sarasota at 941 366 3506