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Seek Legal Help Quickly if You Were Accused of Violating Probation

If given the choice, most people would readily choose probation over time behind bars. Unfortunately, the terms of probation are surprisingly easy to violate, and one of the potential punishments for doing so is incarceration. If you were accused of violating probation in Pasco, Hernando and Sumter counties, contact Karatinos Law, PLLC. As an experienced defense lawyer, Keeley Karatinos understands that navigating the complex world of probation and potential violations in Florida can be daunting. She has a proven track record of successfully defending clients against probation violation charges, and she is dedicated to protecting your rights and guiding you through the legal process.

Common Examples of Probation Violations

Probation is a court-ordered alternative to incarceration, allowing individuals convicted of certain offenses to serve their sentences under supervision while living within the community. However, probation comes with strict conditions that must be followed diligently. Common probation violations include:

  • Failure to report: If you are on probation, you must report to your probation officer as scheduled. Failure to do so can lead to severe consequences.
  • Failure to pay fines or restitution: Probation often comes with financial obligations, such as fines or restitution to victims. Failure to meet these financial responsibilities can be considered a violation.
  • Failed drug tests: If your probation terms include abstaining from drugs or alcohol, a positive drug test can result in a probation violation.
  • Committing a new offense: Any involvement in criminal activities while on probation is a direct violation of the terms set by the court.
  • Failure to complete court-ordered programs: Probation may require you to attend counseling, community service, or educational programs. Neglecting to complete these can lead to probation violations.

Many people who violate the terms of their probation do so by accident. Unfortunately, that may not matter to the state of Florida. That’s one of many reasons why you need a defense attorney advocating for you.

Potential Consequences For Violating Probation in Florida

In Florida, the consequences of a probation violation can be severe and may include:

  • Revocation of probation: If the court finds you in violation, they may revoke your probation and reinstate your original sentence, which could involve imprisonment.
  • Extension of probation: The court may extend your probation period as a penalty for the violation.
  • Additional fines or penalties: The judge may impose additional fines or penalties due to the violation.
  • Mandatory counseling or treatment: The court may require you to attend counseling or treatment programs if the violation involves substance abuse.
  • GPS monitoring: In some instances, the court may order GPS monitoring to ensure compliance during probation.

As you can imagine, many of the consequences above come with costs that could easily exceed what you’d pay a defense lawyer. That makes the decision to seek legal help an easy one.

Defense Strategies For Those Accused of a Probation Violation

Depending on the facts of your case, Keeley may argue one of the following on your behalf:

  • Procedural errors: If mistakes were made during the probation violation process, she can challenge them in court.
  • Lack of willfulness: Keeley can argue that the violation was unintentional and beyond your control.
  • Evidence challenges: She will thoroughly review the evidence against you to identify weaknesses or inconsistencies.
  • Explanation of circumstances: Keeley will present any relevant circumstances that may have contributed to the alleged violation, aiming to show a fair and balanced perspective.

Facing allegations of probation violation can be stressful, but it’s important to remember that you have rights and legal options. Those include contacting a skilled defense attorney.

Discuss Your Case With an Attorney For Free

If you’ve been accused of any crime in Pasco County, Hernando County or Sumter County, reach out to Karatinos Law, PLLC, today. Keeley communicates with clients in English, Spanish or Russian, and she offers free initial consultations. To schedule yours, you can contact the firm online or call 352-405-0537.