If you or a loved one has been charged with a
Violation of Probation (VOP) or violation of
Community Control, it is important to speak to a
defense attorney immediately.  

Whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, a Violation
of Probation or Community Control is a serious
matter, and time is of the essence.  

Call now for a free consultation.

Below is some information regarding VOP's:

You can be sentenced to the original, full amount of jail/prison time for that charge.
For instance, a violation of probation or community control for a third degree felony which carries a maximum of 5 years in prison can result in a sentence of the full 5 years prison; a violation of a first-degree misdemeanor can result in 1 year in jail, etc.  All decisions of guilt and sentencing are up to the judge--there is no jury trial.  The judge only has to find a violation by a "preponderance of the evidence," which is a lower standard than "beyond a reasonable doubt" in a regular criminal trial.

If a new criminal charge ("new law violation") is alleged: it is important to speak to a criminal defense attorney regarding both the VOP and the new criminal charges.  A plea to the new charges--even if they  are minor charges--can have serious consequences for the VOP.  If you plea to the new charge, that can  be considered an automatic violation.  Also, you do not have to be convicted of the new charge to have it  violate you--the judge who hears your VOP can find you guilty of the new charge and proceed to  sentencing you on the VOP.  It is important that you do not plea to the new charge or make any statements without consulting an attorney.

If you have been ordered to complete certain conditions by the court (such as community service, a  drug or alcohol program, classes, etc.):  Your attorney may want you to complete these things as soon as possible.  Getting these things completed may help your case at your court date.

If a loved one is being held in jail without bond: we may be able to ask the judge to set a bond so that they can be released.  Whether the judge grants bond will depend on how serious the original crime is, what kind of violations are alleged, and other factors.

Time is of the essence. Do not wait until the last minute to speak to an attorney.  There may be  important matters that need to be addressed prior to your court date, and any delays can be costly.