In the United States justice system, an individual may be given probation for two reasons: The first is for good behavior when serving time and the second is as an alternative to serving time in an institution. Probation is not a guarantee of any sentence; some individuals will serve time without ever having the option of receiving probation. And it’s more than confinement to one’s Ft. Lauderdale home while wearing an ankle bracelet; terms of probation may include, but are not limited to:
The terms of your probation are established based on the crime committed. For example, if an individual used a controlled substance, their probation terms include restriction from using drugs for the entirety of the probation period. To ensure that the individual is meeting their probation terms, they may be subject to drug and/or blood tests. Regardless of the reason, you were placed on probation, violating its terms will result in even more serious consequences.
Probation violations occur when an offender does not meet at least one of their established terms of probation. For example, one individual’s term of probation includes reporting to their probation officer, attending counseling, and completing scheduled community service projects. If the individual fails to show up for community service, they are violating their probation. Other examples of violations include new criminal offenses, missing appointments, and failure to complete court mandated programs.
In order to charge an individual with violating the terms of their probation, a prosecutor (the State) must establish standard of proof—evidence that proves the defendant violated the terms of their probation—, show that the violation was substantial (a new charge), and/or that the defendant willingly violated their probation terms.
If there is substantial evidence that you willingly violated the terms of your probation, Attorney Anise will work to defend you and make sure that your probation or community service terms are reinstated—meaning you can avoid going back to jail (or going for the first time). He will help you avoid the even more serious consequences that can result from probation violations.
If you or someone you know has been charged with violating the terms of probation, call the Law Offices of Anthony F. Anise today. Having publicly defending hundreds of clients in similar situations, Anise understands what it takes to ensure that a client receives a fair trial. He will speak with you about the details of your case and discuss the best route to take. Attorney Anthony Anise (give hyperlink “Attorney Anthony Anise” with Bio Page) offers free initial consultations for all clients. He proudly serves the Ft. Lauderdale community.
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