Have You Or Someone You Care About Been Accused Of A Violation Of Probation?
Violation of felony probation is a serious matter. It can result in immediate jail time without bond until a hearing. You could spend weeks or more in jail waiting for your hearing. My law firm — Frank P. Bianco, P.A. — in Pasco County understands that this process can severely disrupt your family and work life.
If your probation officer accuses you of a violation of probation, don’t hesitate! Call me, an experienced defense lawyer at Frank P. Bianco, P.A. — right here in New Port Richey.
Why It’s Important To Find An Experienced Defense Attorney For Violation Of Probation Cases
At Frank P. Bianco, P.A., I understand that representing someone accused of violation of probation is very different from most other defense situations. There is no substitute for experience when addressing a violation of probation charge.
Here are some things to know:
- Your probation officer is the accuser in cases of violation of probation.
- For violation of felony probation you are detained until your hearing without bond.
- There is no trial — just a hearing before a judge.
- It is very easy for the prosecution to prove violation to the consensus of the court.
- Courts use a score sheet to determine the penalty (e.g., jail time) for violation of probation. Factors include your crime, past record, nature of the violation and where you fall in the sentencing provision.
- Technical violations can include:
- Going out of prescribed area (typically your county)
- Dirty urine (drug tests are a common requirement of probation)
- Breaking curfew
- Not paying cost of supervision and court costs
- New law violations:
- This refers to a violation of probation from breaking a new law.
- This is a far more serious situation.
- If convicted a judge will adjudicate you as guilty of a felony.
- The result can be significant jail time and a felony record for the rest of your life.
- An experienced attorney will fight to get your probation modified to accommodate the new crime rather than be charged as a felony.
How An Experienced Defense Attorney In Pasco County Can Help
In violation of probation cases the role of your defense attorney is to negotiate a plea by convincing the judge that it is in the community’s best interest to keep you out of jail. For example, your attorney may negotiate a rehabilitation program as a more beneficial option than jail time. If you have committed a new crime, an experienced attorney will attempt to restructure your probation to accommodate the new charge rather than having a new felony charge.
I am an experienced defense attorney who lives and works right here in New Port Richey. I will take the time to understand your circumstances so that I can negotiate the most favorable outcome possible for you.