Violation of Probation Bonds
A violation of probation (VOP) occurs if the conditions set by probation or the special conditions set by the court were violated. If you have been accused of violating your probationary terms, you are exposed to the maximum sentence for the original charge. A judge will consider many factors when reviewing a probation officers affidavit before making a determination on the bond. Once a judge or probation officer finds a violation of probation, the judge may either set a bond, set a zero bond (this means you cannot be released from jail) or issue a notice for you to appear in front of the judge on a set date. In order to determine a bond for a violation of probation, the judge will often consider the reason for the violation, the probation officer’s recommendation, the original charges, and the criminal history.
It is very common for a judge to set a zero bond on a violation of probation. At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, our Orlando lawyers can represent you at a bond hearing where we request a bond to be set. Our attorneys have experience in preparing our clients and presenting the proper testimony at these hearings. The violation of probation bond hearings do not entitle you to argue or try the original charges. It is important to hire an experienced criminal defense firm when facing a violation of probation. As knowledgeable defense lawyers, we know that time is of the essence, and we react with urgency and efficiency.
Attorneys Providing Complete Representation in Probation Violation Matters
If you are charged with violation of probation, bond is not set automatically. The judge will consider a violation of probation bond based on the allegations in the report. The violation could be either a new offense or a technical violation such as failure to report to your probation officer, failure to pay criminal restitution, failure to complete court-ordered counseling or failure to complete a court-ordered class.
A motion to set bond can be filed if a judge originally issues a zero bond on the violation of parole. At Moses and Rooth, we prepare our clients to be in the best possible light for the court when considering a bond. For example, we often provide the court with the required documentation including proof of payment, counseling, community service hours, letters of recommendation and bring in family members or employers to testify on your behalf.
Violation of Probation Bonds and the Florida Anti-Murder Act
If the case qualifies under the Florida Anti-Murder Act, the bond will be set at zero. Please talk to us immediately if a bond is denied because of the Anti-Murder Act.