When an individual is convicted of a crime, the court may elect to include probation as a condition of his/her sentencing. Probation is a form of court supervision which allows an individual to avoid jail time by adhering to specific standards for a pre-determined amount of time. These are likely to include a monthly report to one’s court-appointed probation officer, informing the courts of any change in contact information, as well as other judicial commands depending on the charge the individual was convicted of. These may include:
- Permitting to drug or alcohol testing
- Completing a drug, alcohol or anger management treatment program
- Abiding by a curfew and/or restrictions on travel (for example, agreeing not to leave the state)
- Abiding by state and federal laws
If it comes to the court’s attention that an individual has violated the terms of his/her probation, the person is likely to be placed under arrest and may incur additional penalties. In order to avoid these penalties, a compelling legal strategy is essential.
As practiced criminal defense attorneys, we are committed to protecting your rights when you are charged with violating the rules of your probation. Whether you were unjustly accused or unfavorable circumstances made adhering to the strict requirements of your probation impossible, we are prepared to craft a winning defense for your situation. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation with a Miami criminal defense attorney at our office.