A Seminole County Violation of Probation attorney can help deal with violations of probation. In Seminole County probation is used in lieu of a jail or prison sentence or in some cases Florida Probation can follow incarceration. Often prehearing arrangements can be made with the prosecutors to avoid or reduce jail or prison time in which the criminal defendants receive a probation sentence instead of incarceration. The accused’s probation might be reinstated to the original terms or in some cases additional terms are negotiated to avoid incarceration. When probation is violated the accused can be held in custody without bond. Our Seminole County violation of probation attorneys can take steps to get a reasonable bond or to resolve the case quickly with a non-jail or non-prison offer to get you or a loved one out of jail as soon as possible.
If you violate your probation a warrant can be issued and you can be incarcerated. If you reside outside of Seminole County You could be extradited from your home jurisdiction. A Seminole County violation of probation charge is very serious, because you can be sentenced to the maximum penalty associated with the crime that you were originally charged with. Many judges frown upon a criminal defendant that violates his or her probation and it can make it more difficult to obtain favorable results. There are reasons and justifications for some violations and a skilled defense attorney can bring this to the court and prosecutors attention. It is best to have a Violation of Probation Lawyer working on you case before the probation officer files the violation affidavit. The standard of proof for a violation of probation is "willful and substantial". That means you the prosecution has to prove you willfully and substantially violated your probation. This is not the beyond a reasonable doubt standard we are all familiar with.
You are entitled to have a Violation of Probation Hearing where you can explain your side of the story. Seminole County violation of probation attorney Kevin J. Pitts has a thorough understanding of Florida’s probation laws and what violations rise to the level of willful and substantial. Challenging a violation of probation is not easy but you or your loved one may have defenses. If you know you are going to be violated or have been violated contact attorney Kevin J. Pitts. Mr. Pitts can take steps to minimize the impact a violation might have. Steps can be taken to draft and file a motion for a reasonable bond and set hearing time to minimize incarceration. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts has experience prosecuting and defending violations of probation. Mr. Pitts understands what the state must do to prove a violation of probation and understands how to defend against it. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts handles criminal defense, violations of probation, traffic and Seminole County DUI cases.