Probation Violations in Sarasota and Manatee

20150617-043More people get arrested in Sarasota and Manatee County for a violation of probation than any other reason.

The County jail is full of people being held without bond for a violation of probation. Probation, sometimes is a trap for the unwary. You may have taken a plea deal to avoid trial or have simply followed the Public Defender’s advice and set yourself up for failure.
Technical Probation Violations
You do not have to commit a new crime to get arrested. If you do not pay your court costs, if you do not pay the fees for supervision imposed by the Court, if you do not pay restitution or if you simply miss an appointment with your probation officer a warrant will be issued for your arrest. Simply not having money to pay can get you arrested and thrown back in jail.

Our Sarasota and Bradenton criminal defense firm has been defending probation violations for years. Do not wait to be arrested. If you have a problem with your probation officer, call our Sarasota Office today and we may be able to work it out before you are picked up for a violation.
New Crime Probation Violations
If you get arrested on a new charge while you are on probation, your probation officer will have you rearrested for a probation violation and you will sit in jail waiting for a hearing. The new offense may be incredibly minor but if it occurred while you were on supervision, you have huge problem. We may be able to convince the judge to release you while you wait for a probation violation hearing. Any conviction for a new offense violates your probation and subjects you to time in either County jail or State prison.
Your sentencing guidelines may have been computed incorrectly or you simply may have not committed the new crime or violation. Do not wait until your hearing. Call us now for a free probation violation consultation at 941-366-3506.
Sex Offender Probation Violations
A violation of sex offender probation can land you in State prison. Often, electronic monitors malfunction and register a false report. Often, a probation officer fails to write down the details of your request or report to him. Often the officer is simply out to get you and is searching for any reason to violate you. You may have missed a deadline or appointment or forgotten to call in or come in past curfew. You may have been forced to move suddenly and not had time to report the new address. The probation officers generally are not there to help you and some simply look for some excuse to violate you put you back in jail.
A violation must be willful and substantial and we can many times convince the Court that your situation was accidental or unintentional.

If a loved one is in jail or if you have been arrested on a violation of probation call today. Our Sarasota office is on Ringling across from the jail, next to the Courthouse and steps from the probation office. Call Attorney Peter Aiken today at 941 366 3506

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There was an additional arrest, the 22nd, in the Operation Panther, the latest sex sting in Gainesville. Interestingly, over half the men are in their early twenties or under. In the cases I have handled so far the pattern seems to be that the police are busting mostly young shy men who were on the Internet looking for other adults. It will be interesting to follow these cases through the Courts. In almost every case I have handled the undercover chatters actually ask the men to bring condoms or candy. This makes the men sound like real perverts when in fact it is the police that pose first as adults and then trick or tempt young men into meeting with a supposed teenager.

The issue in most of the cases is whether or not the police have used entrapment techniques.
Unfortunately, many of the men arrested had bonds set initially very high, ranging from $75,000 to $300,000. It is wise to hire an attorney before bond is posted. Often the bonds can be reduced and the money saved on bonds can be better spent hiring an experienced sex sting lawyer. The bondsman requires a ten percent fee to post the bond which you do not get back. If you get the bond reduced, you can use the saving elsewhere in actually defending your case.
Sadly some of those arrested were college students. Over and over in these sex stings young shy men get lured and tempted in chats, texts and sexually explicit Internet exchanges when all they were looking for was companionship. A sex crime conviction will ruin a young man’s life forever. They can end up in State prison, on sex offender probation or be required to register as a sex offender forever. A college student with a sex crime conviction and sex offender registration may not be able to go back to the same school. A conviction for a sex crime must be avoided at all costs. Every case is different and the facts have to be examined carefully. Who was doing the luring? Who was doing the seducing? Did it occur on an adult site like Craigslist.com? Was the young man entrapped? Sex Sting cases are not hopeless and a good defense may exist.
If a loved one was arrested, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.

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