For years, criminal defense lawyers have not had any problems advocating for clients who have been accused of violating their probation. Even when the violations are relatively new, most attorneys have been able to restore the defendant’s probation, keeping them out of jail and avoid paying heavy fines.
Nowadays, however, the State Attorney’s office has been referring to Florida Statute 948.06, which states that any person who is found violating probation under the new law may still have to serve the minimum penalties for the offense if it qualifies.
Some of the qualifying offenses may include:
The courts must also rule that the individual is clear and not a threat to the wider public. Unfortunately, this process may take several weeks, even months, to bring all of the evidence together, investigate thoroughly, and form a compelling argument that can be convincing to the courts.
Are there any exceptions?
If you are found in violation of another law that does not fall under the qualifying offense category, you could face serious charges. The state of Florida does not take kindly to these types of crimes, and this could land one in jail for a significant amount of time.
Fortunately, there are dozens of ways our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers can help you, such as helping to reduce the length of time one can expect to remain imprisoned.
Do not hesitate to call Hager & Schwartz, P.A. now for legal counsel! We are prepared to hear your story, offer our advice, and defend you to the very end.