Violation of Probation
Orlando VOP Attorney - Central Florida
Violation of probation, also known as VOP, is taken very seriously by Florida prosecutors. A VOP occurs when a person found guilty of some types of crimes is placed on a special monitored program (probation) and does not comply with the terms or conditions imposed by the court. If you are on probation in Orlando, Central Florida or in any other place in Florida, it is important that you abide by the conditions of your supervision. If you or a family member has violated your probation or you believe that your probation officer is going to accuse you of violating your probation, contact the Orlando violation of probation attorney to assist you immediately.
Violations of Probation, or VOP, are serious matters. A person charged with a violation of probation can be sentenced to the maximum period in jail or prison that he or she could have been sentenced to on the original charge for which he or she was placed on probation.
Am I entitled To A bond On A Violation of Probation?
In Florida, a person arrested for a VOP is not entitled to a bond. The judge is allowed to decide whether or not to grant a bond to the person charged with a VOP. To make this decision, the judge is likely to take into consideration the nature of the crime, the type of violation and whether the accused has been charged with a VOP in the past. This means that once arrested, the defendant might not bond out of jail while the case is pending and you may be sitting in jail for weeks or months until your case is resolved. You cannot appeal the judge’s decision if the bond is denied.
Types Of Violation Of Probation
There are two different types of violation of probations:
- Technical violation: A technical violation, or "not substantive", occurs when the person in probation fails to abide by the terms and conditions of the probation, such as failure to complete community service hours or failing a drug test.
- Substantive violation: A substantive violation happens when the person is accused of a new and separate crime (being arrested or accused of a new law violation).
How Probation Is Violated In Florida
In general, a probation violation occurs when you do not abide by the terms or conditions of your probation or community control, such as:
- Failure to pay court costs or fines
- Tardiness or failure to meet with your probation officer
- Failure to complete court-ordered classes
- Failure to appear in court
- Changing your address without permission
- Failure to pay restitution ordered by the court
- Failing a drug test
- Committing a drug offense or other crime
- Traveling out of state without permission of the probation officer
Violation Of Probation Penalties
If you are found guilty of violating your probation the judge can revoke your probation and sentence you to the maximum jail period associated to the original charge for which you were placed on probation. Other penalties may include substantial restitution; community service and rehabilitation programs are also possible.
Contact Our Experienced Orlando VOP Attorneys
If you have been placed in probation in Florida and have been charged with VOP within Central Florida including the cities of Orlando, Winter Park and Kissimmee, contact our Orlando VOP defense attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible. We will immediately begin working on your behalf to address the issue of bond and to resolve your case. Time is of the essence! Call us at 1-866-680-4LAW today or fill out our online form located at the top of the page and one of our highly experienced criminal defense lawyers will contact you shortly. Our clients include Orange County, Osceola County and Seminole County residents. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request. We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.