Tampa Probation Violation Attorney
Representing the Accused of Violating Probation in Hillsborough & Pinellas Counties
Violating any of the terms of your probation is a serious matter that you should take seriously. While probation violation may not sound like a significant offense, it can lead to severe consequences and should never be written off or disregarded.
Buda Law is ready to help you address any allegations of a probation violation with experienced legal representation and support. Attorney Andrew Buda has experience working as a Pinellas County prosecutor and knows how prosecutors approach probation violation cases. As a result, we understand how to fight back and seek a positive outcome for the accused.
Examples of Probation Violations in Florida
Under Florida law, probation violations occur when you willfully and substantially fail to comply with the conditions of your probation. Willful and substantial violations must be shown by the state through the “greater weight of evidence.” This is a lower standard of proof than that required in other cases where the prosecutor must prove his claims beyond a reasonable doubt. Because it is much easier to be found guilty of a probation violation at a hearing, it is more critical than ever that you have a strong Tampa probation violation attorney on your side in court.
You can violate the terms of your probation by:
- Getting arrested for a new crime
- Failing a drug test
- Failing to complete a mandatory drug treatment program or diversion program
- Failing to pay fines, fees, court costs, restitution, or other financial obligations
- Failing to appear at a scheduled meeting with your probation officer
What to Expect at a Probation Violation Hearing?
At your hearing, the court has broad discretion in deciding how to punish you. Generally, it has three options: to reinstate your probation, to alter your probation, or to revoke it. If your probation is revoked, you could be facing the maximum sentence available for the original charge that led to your probation.