How to Win a Probation Violation Hearing


All is not lost….A probation violation is not hopeless
If you or a loved one is charged with a probation violation and have a hearing coming up, do not give up hope. Many times probation can be reinstated or the probation violation can get dismissed if you have a good defense. There are several types of violations. If you have been arrested on a new criminal charge, chances are you are sitting in jail on no bond. If you have what is known as a technical violation like failure to report on time, changing your address without permission or a dirty urine, you are probably out on bond and your case will be set for a probation violation hearing. You need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
For there to be a violation, it has to be willful and substantial and not just some picky meaningless technical violation. The rules are important but to put you in jail, usually, it has to be a real substantial violation. Many times, an experienced criminal lawyer can negotiate a reinstatement with the prosecutor and the judge thus avoiding jail. Do not give up hope.
If you had a dirty urine, it may be possible to negotiate drug evaluation and treatment as an alternative to jail. If you have a drug problem, you need help, not incarceration. Drug addiction is a medical problem that needs to be treated and not simply postponed with some jail time.
As a Sarasota criminal lawyer my job is the try and solve your problem and prevent you from slipping back into a situation that will land you in jail. Call today for a free consultation 941-366-3506

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I was set up
As a criminal defense lawyer, I hear this all the time. This is particularly true in drug cases involving sale or delivery of pills, marijuana or heroin. A person you thought was your friend hooked you up with a cop and you did something stupid. Often, an old friend comes to you and as a favor you try and get him some smoke (weed), some Oxycontin or some heroin. Before you know it, you are charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and find yourself facing a minimum mandatory sentence in State prison. How does this happen?
When people get arrested for drugs, they do whatever they have to in order to save themselves. If they are charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana or trafficking in heroin, they know they may be able to work their way out of a jail sentence by rendering what they call “substantial assistance” to the police. They set up their friends. As a criminal lawyer, I have seen cases where the drug dealer himself gets arrested, and then to save himself, sets up his customers. The police don’t care. Fairness has nothing to do with the criminal justice system. Prosecutors want to win. Police want to win. In the real world if you want justice you have to fight for it. In the real world people lie all the time to save themselves. As a Sarasota criminal defense attorney I have spent thirty years of my life fighting the system and fighting for my clients. You would like to think that the truth matters. You would like to think that in Court, when people swear to tell the truth, particularly, police officers, they will. People lie under oath all the time. Sometimes police lie about how they stopped you. Sometimes police lie and say you made an admission or consented to a search of your car. My job is to expose lies and win your case. This only happens if we can prove it. There is a myth that people are presumed innocent. Sure, it says that in the law, but in the real world, in a courtroom, the deck is stacked against you. Jurors start off believing you must have done something wrong or you would not have been arrested.
You have to fight back. You have to expose the lies and if you want to win, you better have a real fighter in your corner. Nothing is impossible…Call 941 366 3506