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Criminal Probation in Florida: What You Need to Know

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For most people, probation represents a second chance, but it is important to follow the terms of your probation, strictly. While you are not serving time in jail, it is still important to understand that the terms of your probation must be followed to the letter. Failing to do so could put you at risk of being locked up.

In Florida, criminal probation is governed by Florida Statutes, Chapter 948. There are different legal standards for different types of probation. Here are some of the types of probation available in Florida:

  • Community Control–Community Control is what most people probably think of when considering criminal probation. The law states that it is “a form of intensive, supervised custody in the community, including surveillance on weekends and holidays.” The terms of community control are different for each offender; it is important to understand the exact terms of your probation to ensure that the rigid conditions are met.
  • Drug Offender Probation–The Florida Statutes state that drug offender probation is “a form of intensive supervision that emphasizes treatment of drug offenders.” These offenders must adhere to the same type of control used under community control, however strict requirements for treatment or drug testing are usually required.
  • Mental Health Probation–This is “a form of specialized supervision that emphasizes mental health treatment. Here the focus of the probationary period is to treat and manage mental illness. Offenders often work with treatment providers or case workers who ensure that all required medicines are taken by the defendant.

Common Probation Violations

Under Florida law, probation standards must be strictly adhered to. Common types of probation violations include:

  • Failure to report to the probation officer (PO) promptly
  • Preventing a PO visit to home or job
  • Remain in a certain, city or jurisdiction
  • Violations of the law
  • Failure to pay fees, restitution, or child support
  • Associating with people involved in criminal activities
  • Failure to do required community service
  • Failure to submit to drug or alcohol testing
  • Possession of a weapon or firearm

And more. If you have a question about a probation violation, contact an experienced probation violation attorney.

Contact a St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation

It is crucial for individuals on probation to avoid people, places and situations that will put them at risk of violating the terms of their probation. If you or your loved one is having trouble with a parole violation issue, contact the Khonsari Law Group as soon as possible to try to minimize the damage done by violating probation conditions. Call us at (727) 269-5300 today to discuss the details of your case. 

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