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Probation Violation Lawyer In Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale Probation Violations Attorney

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The conditions and requirements placed upon individuals sentenced to probation or community control can be very complicated and difficult to understand.  While a probation violation can be the result of a new criminal offense (substantive violation), oftentimes a probation violation arises due to a technical violation of the conditions of probation.  Regardless of whether you have been accused of a technical or substantive violation, you need to be certain that you have an experienced Florida probation violations lawyer on your side who will work to resolve the matter as quickly and favorably as possible for you.   A violation of the conditions of your release can expose you to serious consequences, including being held in prison without bond.

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Understanding the types of probation violation

Technical Probation Violations

A technical probation violation arises when an individual fails to follow the conditions of his or her probation.  While there are countless ways in which an individual can be accused of a technical probation violation, technical violations include:

Moving without permission

Failing to show up for a meeting with your probation officer

Failing to pay fines or costs that were a condition of probation

Failing to attend court-ordered classes

Failing a drug test

Failing to complete required community service hours

Substantive Probation Violations

A substantive probation violation occurs when you are on probation and you are charged or arrested with a new criminal offense.  It is important to know that even the most minor criminal offense can result in a substantive probation violation.  Because the penalties can be severe, including revocation of your probation, you should be represented by a qualified criminal defense attorney when you are accused of a substantive probation violation.

Standard of Proof and Penalties in Probation Violation Cases

Unlike a criminal charge, the standard of proof required to find an individual in violation of the conditions of probation is much lower.  In a criminal conviction, the State must prove that an individual is guilty beyond reasonable doubt.  When a person is accused of a probation violation, the State only needs to prove by a “preponderance of the evidence” that the person “willfully and substantially” committed the violation.  

If you are found to have violated the conditions of your probation, a judge may revoke, modify or reinstate your probation.  It is important to understand that should a judge decide to revoke your probation, the judge may impose the maximum penalty for the original offense you were placed on probation for.   

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Most defendants who are not represented by an attorney plead guilty and accept the consequences of their actions without knowing what those consequences will be. Mitchell B Polay Attorney At Law can help you fight your charges by representing you in court or negotiating with prosecutors on your behalf.

We will do everything we can to get all charges dismissed or reduced so that they don’t affect your future career goals.


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There are many things that can happen from the moment you get arrested to the second you are charged. Call us immediately to discuss protecting your rights. 

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With a team of experts to guide you in every step, we will be there for your defense from start to finish. Mitch Polay has more than 30 years of experience defending clients in all types of criminal matters.

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