Violated Sex Offender Probation?



Sean O’Halloran


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