Violation of Probation
Probation is a consequence of entering a plea in open court. Being on probation means that you can live your life while being supervised by and regularly reporting to a probation officer.
Sometimes the court imposes probation because it is more efficient and effective punishment than prison. Other times, it is part of a deal that requires the court to withhold adjudication as long as the probation is completed successfully.
If the probation is completed successfully, then the court will never adjudicate the person guilty of the offense. In many of these cases, the withhold of adjudication means that the person is eligible to seal the criminal record after probation is completed.
Violation of probation, however, may cause a person to be adjudicated for the underlying offense. If the probation violation is proven, then the court can impose any sentence it could have originally imposed up to the statutory maximum.
Once a probation officer believes that a violation has occurred, he or she will file an affidavit with the appropriate judge. The judge will then issue a warrant, usually a “no bond” warrant, for the probationer’s arrest. A person typically remains in jail until the hearing on the probation violation, although the court is also allowed to release the probationer on bond.
If you have a felony probation violation, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Meltzer & Bell in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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Attorney for Probation Violations in Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you believe your probation officer suspects a violation and will submit an affidavit, time is critical. Act fast. An attorney can represent you in the proceedings and seek the best possible result. At Meltzer & Bell, we help people on probation and community control avoid losing their options, and negotiate better conditions.
Your case is important to us. You’ll have an experienced partner available to you 24 hours per day, seven days per week. We will never hand your case off to a less-experienced associate. Call a skilled Fort Lauderdale probation violation lawyer today at (954) 228-2789 to set up a free consultation so they can begin work on your case.
We represent people throughout Broward County, including in Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Weston, Miramar, Davie, Plantation and Wilton Manors.
First Appearance Court in Fort Lauderdale in a Violation of Probation Case
Our first goal in these cases is to represent the client at the first appearance hearing at the Broward County Courthouse located at 201 S.E. Sixth Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We attend the first appearance hearing to fight for our client’s release from custody while the VOP is pending.
The court uses video links to any and all facilities where the arrested individual is detained by the Broward County Sheriff. After you surrender on the warrant or are picked up, you will appear before a judge within 24 hours of your arrest.
The First Appearance docket is often conducted at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on Monday through Thursday of each week and at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Friday. On court holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays the First Appearance docket is usually conducted at 8:30 a.m. only.
If an individual is detained on a misdemeanor violation of probation warrant with no bond or is unable to post bond, he or she shall have an initial hearing on the violation of probation as required by law or rule of procedure at the date and time as set by the judge. A status conference on the misdemeanor violation of probation, after the initial hearing, shall be heard as required by law,
A status conference on the misdemeanor violation of probation, after the initial hearing, shall be heard as required by law, rule of procedure, or other administrative order for the 17th Judicial Circuit within five (5) court business days before the division judge. At first appearance, the violation probation status conference is usually scheduled.
- Requirements for Probation and Community Control Under Florida Law
- Types of Violations of Probation
- Probation Office Locations in Broward County
Requirements for Probation and Community Control Under Florida Law
While under probation, you will live at your home with your family and work at your job. However, you will be under both general and special terms of probation.
General terms are set by the Department of Corrections or the company that has been selected to oversee probation. Special terms are imposed by the court, or are part of a plea agreement. Terms of probation can include:
- Reporting regularly to a probation officer (PO)
- Taking random drug and alcohol tests
- Being visited at random by a PO
- Remaining in Broward County unless you receive special permission
- Not carrying a firearm
- Paying restitution and court-ordered fees and costs;
- Paying child support
- Completing community service requirements
- Avoiding other criminals
- Not committing any new crimes.
Community control means constant monitoring by an ankle bracelet. Our skilled attorneys at Meltzer & Bell can negotiate community control in lieu of more severe prison sentences.
Types of Violations of Probation
For probation and community control, there are “substantive violations” and “technical violations.” A substantive violation is one in which the person is accused of committing another criminal act. Technical violations mean the person on community supervision violated a term of his or her probation or community control.
While there is a difference, either a technical or a substantive violation can result in sanctions. A violation can mean that the judge imposes stricter terms. It can also mean that the person under community supervision goes to prison and serves the rest of his or her term there.
If you believe your PO may submit an affidavit to the supervising court, the time to act is now. Your lawyer can represent you and argue why a violation didn’t occur or does not merit a change in your probation. Your attorney may even be able to negotiate for better, more workable terms.
Probation Office Locations in Broward County
Probation for misdemeanor offenses is overseen by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Probation Division. You will be expected to report to one of several different locations across the county including:Probation Main Office
540 S.E. 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Fax: (954) 765-4567
1600 W. Hillsboro Boulevard Room 220
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Fax: (954) 831-1290
3550 Hollywood Boulevard Room 240
Hollywood, FL 33021
Fax: (954) 964-0286
100 N. Pine Island Road, Room 280
Plantation, FL 33324
Fax: (954) 370-3715
Felony Probation Offices in Broward County, FLIf you are accused of violating felony probation, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Meltzer & Bell. For felony offenses, the state Department of Corrections Adult Community Supervision Office for the 17th Circuit oversees probation. Those under state supervision report to one of these offices: Intake
3708A West Oakland Park Boulevard
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
Fax: (954) 677-5672
3714 W Oakland Park Blvd
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
Fax: (954) 497-3386
3718-4 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
Fax: (954) 677-5548
5610 NW 9th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Fax: (954) 267-4967
Fort Lauderdale East
2928 North State Road 7
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313
Fax: (954) 677-5912
3520 West Broward Boulevard
Kingston Building, Second Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Fax: (954) 797-1795
1050 North Federal Highway
Hollywood, FL 33020
Fax: (954) 924-3811
4200 N.W. 16th St., 4th Floor
Lauderhill, FL 33313
Fax: (954) 497-4133
Finding an Attorney in Broward County for a Probation Violation
If you believe you are going to face a hearing for a violation of probation, take action as soon as possible. Having a skilled Fort Lauderdale probation violation lawyer on your side could make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.
The attorneys at Meltzer & Bell in Fort Lauderdale, also represent clients on Motions for Early Termination of Probation. Call Meltzer & Bell today at (954) 228-2789 to schedule a free consultation.
This article was last updated on Friday, November 4, 2016.