Misdemeanor Probation Violations
If you were sentenced to misdemeanor probation for a misdemeanor case, then be careful to comply with all of the terms and special conditions of probation. If the probation officer alleges that you violated the terms of probation or committed a new criminal offense while on probation, then you can be arrested on a “no bond” warrant for the violation of probation.
If you were sentenced to probation after entering a plea to a misdemeanor in county court in Broward County, then your probation will be supervised by a probation officer with the probation division of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. If your probation officer alleged that you violated one of the conditions of your misdemeanor probation or your diversion program, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Meltzer & Bell.
Attorneys for Violations of Misdemeanor Probation in Broward County, FL
With offices in Fort Lauderdale, our attorneys represent individuals charged with violation of probation or those rejected from the misdemeanor diversion program. Our attorneys also represent clients who want to file a motion for early termination of their probation after all of the conditions have been met.
Call (954) 765-6585 for a free and confidential consultation to a potential violation of probation or an outstanding VOP warrant that has already been entered by your probation officer. We can help you get back into compliance. In some cases, we can file a motion to quash or set aside the warrant so that you do not have to go into custody.
Call us today at (954) 765-6585 to discuss the best way to resolve your case.
Conditions of Misdemeanor Probation in Broward County, FL
After sentencing, the BSO probation division acts as a liaison between the judge and the person placed on probation by the court. After being sentenced to probation on a misdemeanor case, the court will order the individual to meet with a probation officer, set up with a case management plan, a report at least once a month to the probation officer. In some cases, a person living out of Broward County will be sentenced to “mail in” or non-reporting probation.
The probation division of the Broward County Sheriff’s Offices supervises all people sentenced to probation for a misdemeanor in the county court in Broward County, FL. The probation division also provides investigative and issues violation reports to the court to help the judge determine the appropriate sentence if a person admits to the violation or is found in violation after a hearing.
The probation division of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office has a main probation office located at 540 S.E. 3rd Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Satellite offices including the North Office located at 1600 W. Hillsboro Boulevard Room 220 in Deerfield Beach, FL, the South Office located at 3550 Hollywood Boulevard Room 240, in Hollywood, FL, and the West Office located at 100 N. Pine Island Road, Room 280, in Plantation, FL 33324.
If the probationer does not complete the requirements, gets arrested for a new offense, or violates any technical condition of the probation, then the probation officer will type up a affidavit explaining the probation violation. The affidavit is then sent to the judge who can issue an arrest warrant, including a “no bond” violation of probation warrant. The court can also set the case for a hearing and require the probationer to come back to court to explain the violation.
For individuals sentenced to felony probation in Broward County, the supervision is managed by the Department of Corrections and not the county sheriff’s office.
Supervision in the Misdemeanor Diversion Program in Broward County, FL
If all conditions are met, then the probation officer will close the case at the end of the probation period. The probation division at BSO also manages the Misdemeanor Diversion Program for any “first-time offender.”
Depending on the crime charges, the diversion program for misdemeanors typically requires three to six months of supervision. If all conditions are met and no new offenses are alleged, then the criminal charges are dismissed.
Entering a diversion program is not for everyone. If you are not guilty of the charge or if the prosecutor cannot prove every element of the offense at trial beyond all reasonable doubt, then you would be better off fighting the charges for an outright dismissal.
Misdemeanor Probation in Broward County, FL – Visit the website of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to find out more about the probation division. Since, 2001, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office has managed the county’s probation program. The misdemeanor probation program in Broward County was previously administered by court administration. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office monitors individuals sentences to misdemeanor offenders in county court. Probation officers employed by BSO ensure compliance with conditions imposed by the court. The probation officers also refer probationers to social service agencies in the community. The probation division in Broward County also manages a specialized program for misdemeanor domestic violence offenders which subjects them to of intensive supervision. For more information, call the probation division at 954-765-8900.
This article was last updated on Friday, November 4, 2016.