I think my probation is going to be violated….What should I do?

Sean C. O’Halloran Experienced Criminal Defense Probation Violation Attorney Ft Myers 239-334-8890 Sarasota 941-366-3506

If you are on probation and you think your probation officer is going to violate you, now is the time to talk to a good criminal defense lawyer.  Many people were originally represented by the Public Defender, and agreed to a sentence of probation, to simply end their case.  They later find out that they are about to be “violated” for something like a dirty urine, not paying their probation fees and court costs, or moving without telling their probation officer.  More people are arrested for a probation violation than actually committing a crime in both Ft. Myers and SarasotaIf you get arrested for a technical probation violation or worse yet a new crime violation, you may find yourself sitting in jail, without a bond, and ultimately going before your judge and possibly facing serious prison timeIf you have not been arrested for the violation yet, the Public Defender will not have been appointed for your violation and he or she will be doing nothing to stop the arrest.   If you think a probation violation is in your future, now is the time to be talking to a good criminal defense attorney.

It is possible to prevent a violation arrest. As a criminal defense attorney, I often reach out to the probation department to try and prevent the violation before it occurs.  Once you get arrested, it makes it harder to put up a good defense.  It is harder, but not impossible.  If you did commit a technical violation we may be able to cure the problem before it gets out of hand.  We may be able to get your probation modified.  It may be possible to get your case back before the judge before you are arrested.  If you wait, it may be too late.

In life timing is important.  You need to be out in front of your problems and prevention of an arrest is always a better alternative than waiting for it to happen and then reacting to it.  If you have a drug problem, and slipped up or relapsed, we may be able to get you into treatment or get your regular probation modified to drug offender probation before you are violated.  If you have a drug issue, what you need is help, not jail.  The same goes for alcohol.  If alcohol caused your original arrest, it may now be the cause of your current violation.  If it was alcohol, you need help, not jail.  At our criminal defense firm we believe in getting to the cause of your problem and helping you with it.  I don’t want to sound like I am preaching, but, you may be in denial of your underlying problem.  Getting help with your problem is going to make successfully completing your probation much easier.

No one wants to have to spend money and hire a lawyer until it is necessary.  When it comes to probation  violations, it is necessary and important to get out in front of the problem.  If you wait to get picked up on a violation it may end up costing you more.  You may lose your job.  If you get arrested later, your car may end up getting towed.  If you wait for them to come get you, it may well come at a really inconvenient time.  You may have your kids with you.  You may have a pet left unattended.  You may miss school, miss appointments or an important job interview.  We have been handling probation violations for decades and in almost every instance I have found that a person is far better off dealing with the problem before it becomes a problem is the best approach.  If you think a “problem” is in your future, give us a call now for a free consultation.  We have offices in Ft. Myers, Punta Gorda and Sarasota

People make mistakes… if you think that you have or are going to have an issue with your probation being violated call us to discuss all of your options.