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Probation in Florida

Probation in Florida

Chapter 948.01 allows a state court of competent jurisdiction to place a criminal defendant on probation when sentencing the offender, with or without adjudicating the individual guilty of the crime. Once the criminal defendant is placed on probation, the Florida Department of Corrections then has oversight jurisdiction over the “probationer.” The probationer is required to follow the order of the sentencing court, as to what the probationer must and must not do. Most if not all sentences of probation required that the probationer refrain from the use of illegal drugs and if the probationer was convicted of a substance abuse crime then random drug testing at the probationer’s expense for illegal use of drugs is mandatory. Another common requirement of probation is that the probationer not violate any new law… […]

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Violation of Probation

Many criminal defendants choose to enter into a probation plea to wrap up their criminal matters. Pleading guilty and being placed on probation is risky. Because a probation plea is a contract between the probationer and the prosecutor. Probation is just that: a contract between the accused and the state. The problem with this type of contract is that only one party is ever responsible for breaching the contract and that is the probationer. The contract spells out exactly what the probationer needs to complete or refrain from doing in order to have the state uphold its end of the bargain, which is no more than providing the accused with freedom. But with this new found freedom comes many responsibilities. While on probation there are many conditions that the probationer… […]

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‘Cookie Monster’ Arrested and Released for Violating Probation

‘Cookie Monster’ Arrested and Released for Violating Probation

Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge that allows a convicted criminal to live in society under the strict supervision or regulation by a probation officer. Probation does allow someone to resume somewhat of a normal life but the restrictions are often up to the judge or the probation officer. In this case, the ‘Cookie Monster,’ Stefanie Woods, was arrested for violating her probation because she failed to turn in a gas receipt, show up for a meeting with a probation officer and failed to be at her designated locations at the time allotted. The prosecuting attorney argued fervently that this convicted felon, with a long history of crime, should not be allowed back into society. Cookie Monster Crime Stefanie Woods’ history is peppered with serious crimes and arrests.… […]

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Faced With Violating Your Probation or Parole Charges

Faced With Violating Your Probation or Parole Charges

probation allows the convicted individual to serve a period of time, usually longer than any prison sentence, free from imprisonment but with certain restrictions. Probation can be seen as a test granting conditional freedom instead of a harsher punishment. In some cases, people use the term interchangeably. There are differences between to law terms. Probation is a portion of the sentence or it is the sentence given by the judge. Most often, when a judge gave the person a probation, it could be a part of the number of imprisonment and then followed with a probation period. There are times that a number of probation years will serve as the punishment for a minor crime committed. If a person is under probation, there are weekly or monthly sessions that he… […]

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Florida Probation Rules, Violation of Probation and Probation Violation Defense Lawyer

Florida Probation Rules, Violation of Probation and Probation Violation Defense Lawyer

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp denied Wilson’s request to stop the regular check-ins during the remainder of her five-year probation term. The sentence began in December 2009 after Wilson, now 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter by culpable negligence. Wilson’s attorney submitted the request Jan. 31, describing her as a “model probationer” who now needs to travel frequently for her job. The State Attorney’s Office agreed with the proposed change, and Brondolo’s parents, Jill and Chris, also didn’t object, said prosecutor Andrew Slater. Along with the probation, Wilson’s sentence also required a psychological evaluation, a meeting with the Brondolos, and service as a spokesperson to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning, including talks with civic groups and schools using her experience as an example. Wilson fulfilled… […]

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How a Criminal Defense Lawyer can Have Your Probation Ended Early

How a Criminal Defense Lawyer can Have Your Probation Ended Early

If you have been arrested on criminal charges, you may be overwhelmed with the legal process that is about to follow. It is extremely difficult and can even work against you to represent yourself in a court of law. Not only can a criminal defense lawyer represent you and ensure you a fair trial, but he or she can even negotiate later on if you are convicted, to have your sentence or probation shortened. Probation Negotiation Case In the case of Debra Lafave, the infamous teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student in her classroom, home, and car in 2005, her criminal defense lawyer had her probation sentence shortened even though one of the terms of her conviction was no early termination of probation. Her criminal defense lawyer, John… […]

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Florida Probation Violation

Florida Probation Violation

Probation is a sentence which may be imposed by a court in lieu of incarceration. A criminal who is “on probation” has been convicted of a crime but has served only part of the sentence in prison, or has not served time at all. In most jurisdictions, probation is a sentencing option for misdemeanors and many felonies (these are commonly called “probation-able” offenses), but not for higher-order felonies, such as capital crimes, forcible rape, and many others. An offender on probation is ordered to follow certain conditions set forth by the court, under the supervision of a probation officer. He or she is ordinarily required to refrain from subsequent possession of firearms, and may be ordered to remain employed, abide to a curfew, live at a directed place, obey the… […]

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Why Epstein Should Thank His Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Why Epstein Should Thank His Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

According to Thalia Hayden, reporter for WPTV News Channel 5, Palm Beach County Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is officially released from his probation period today. Epstein, 57, settled nearly 25 lawsuits by young women who claimed they were recruited to give him sexually-charged massages in exchange for money. Most women were underage at the time. Epstein has been on probation for a full year after pleading guilty to two sex-related felonies. He only served 13 of his 18 month jail sentenced. The 13 months in jail were highlighted by six work release days a week where he was let out for 16 hours a day. Suspicions of special treatment for the wealthy have arisen since he was placed on house arrest. Epstein took several trips each month to his eight-story home… […]

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What happens if I Violate my Probation?

What happens if I Violate my Probation?

Ask an experienced criminal defense lawyer what exactly may happen if you have violated your probation. It is important to employ the knowledge of a skilled criminal defense lawyer or you might get trapped into something you don’t fully understand. What is probation? Probation is a sentence which may be imposed by a court in conjunction with prison time. If you have been convicted of a crime, you might be granted probation, when you only serve part of the sentence in prison, or maybe not at all, but you must follow specific regulations. You will be under the supervision of a probation officer. If you are on probation you may be required to: Refrain from possession of firearms Remain employed Abide to a curfew Live at a directed place Obey… […]

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