Florida Has Zero Tolerance for Probation Violations
When you are arrested for a crime, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are picked up for a probation violation, there is no such presumption of innocence.
You Go Directly to Jail — and Wait
You can be sent to jail immediately. You are not entitled to bond. You are not entitled to a speedy trial. If the original charge was one of 15 violent offenses, you will not be released from custody until you have had a full hearing — and that may take weeks.
A Defendant on probation simply misses the deadline for paying a fee. As a result, he sits in jail for three weeks waiting for a hearing because he doesn't have a lawyer.
Florida's zero tolerance policy for probation violations is one of the reasons our jails are so overcrowded. People who may have committed a minor infraction of the terms of their probation are locked away for long stretches of time.
We Work for Your Freedom
At Bauer Crider & Parry, our Florida criminal defense attorneys work to bring some sanity to the system. We will attempt to show that your alleged probation violation was not a violation at all or was only a minor mistake that did not violate the spirit or intent of the rules.
Over the years, we have achieved positive results for clients charged with probation violation. While no attorney can make promises about the outcome of any case, we can promise to take your case seriously and give it the personal attention it deserves.
To arrange a free consultation with a lawyer experienced in probation violation cases, please contact our law firm today. We maintain offices in Tampa, Clearwater and Port Richey.