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Violating Probation in Palm Beach County

ballnchain_180x120Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge that allows a convicted person to live in society under the supervision of a probation officer, instead of serving time in jail. Probation is different from parole. Parole is the conditional release of a prison inmate after serving part or all of his or her sentence.

Violating probation is a serious charge with many repercussions. Your probation may be revoked. This is an action taken against a probationer who fails to comply with the terms of the probationary grant. A Palm Beach County prosecutor can use a probation violation against someone who has been charged with a new crime. When a formal probation revocation is filed in conjunction with a new case, a prosecutor has a tremendous advantage to force a plea bargain in favor of the state’s terms.

When a probation officer decides to revoke or violate a probation and the person is not in custody, a letter is sent requesting a court hearing. Then a judge will make a final decision regarding the probation status and may revoke the probation and incarcerate the person pending a formal hearing.

Reasons For Probation Revocation

  1. Committing a New Crime.
  2. A direct violation of one of the conditions of probation, including failure to pay a fine, failure to attend counseling, or failing to follow a restraining order.
  3. Associating with Known Criminals.
  4. The probation officer determines that the probationer is no longer fit to stay at large and is incapable of leading a law abiding life, or is not deemed safe to remain within society in general.
  5. Willful Failure to Pay court Ordered Restitution Despite an Obvious Ability to Pay.

If you received a notice of an impending probation violation, you need to see a lawyer who knows the intricacies and procedures of probation revocation hearings. Contact a Palm Beach attorney who has experience with probation violation cases and has success reinstating probation and keeping clients out of jail.

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