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Violations of Pre-Trial Release

After an arrest in Pinellas County, the court might imposes special conditions of pre-trial release conditions on the bond. Before you are released from custody, you must agree to abide by the pre-trial release conditions. If you violate those pre-trial release conditions, then the court can issue an “order directing clerk to issue a capias and hold defendant without bond.”

If this kind of capias or arrest warrant is issued, then officers with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office or a local police department will come to your home to arrest you. The docket will show a notation for ORDER TO ISSUE CAPIAS & BOND SET / HOLD DEFENDANT WITHOUT BOND.

The subject charge report on the website for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will show the person being rearrested on the original charges with a notation for “Charge Status: AWAITING TRIAL” and “Arrest Type: WARRANT – CONTEMPT.”

In other cases, the prosecutor might file a “motion to revoke bond” for a violation of the pre-trial release conditions, especially when a new crime is committed. Either way, after an accusation of violating the pre-trial release conditions has been made, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you with the case.

Attorney for Violations of Pre-trial Release in Pinellas

If you want to remove a pretrial release condition like the CAM monitor or were accused of violating the conditions of your pre-trial release in Pinellas County, FL, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for cases in the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pinellas County. Your motion to remove the pre-trial release condition will be heard at the courthouse in Clearwater, FL.

If you were mistakenly accused of violating a condition of pre-trial release, the attorneys at Sammis Law Firm can file a motion to vacate the order on the charge of violation of pretrial release. We can also appear with you at the first appearance hearing the next morning after your arrest to ask the court to release you ROR or provide other relief.

If you are not given a bond, we can file a motion for an emergency bond hearing in front of the judge assigned to the case. While we are fighting for your release from custody under the best possible terms, we can also help you fight the underlying charges.

With four criminal defense attorneys in the office, we represent clients charged with criminal charges in Pinellas County, FL, including violations of pre-trial release and violations of probation.

To discuss your case, call 813-250-0500.


Office of the Pinellas County Pre-Trial Services

In Pinellas County, pretrial services are managed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office instead of a program managed by the court or a county agency. The office of Pre-Trial Services in Pinellas County is located in the Pinellas County Justice Center, 14250 49th Street North, Suite 1300, Clearwater, FL 33762. Except on holidays, the office is open on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

After the arrest, the booking deputies have the option of setting either the recommended bond or a higher or lower bond depending on the circumstances. The low bond can include releasing the defendant on his or her own recognizance (also known as “ROR”).

In exchange for the lower bond or an ROR, the court might imposed additional pre-trial release conditions such as a continuous alcohol monitoring “CAM” or a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring “SCRAM” program. Other types of pre-trial release conditions can include a GPS monitor.


CAM or SCRAM Monitor as a Condition of Pretrial Release

Recently, judges in Pinellas County have started ordering that the defendant wear a SCRAM as a condition of their release. The judge is most likely to order the CAM or SCRAM monitor when a person accused of DUI has one following issues:

  • DUI with a crash involving property damage;
  • a prior DUI conviction;
  • a child passenger in the vehicle during the DUI; or
  • a BAC over .20 or even .15.

The devices manufactured by SCRAM Systems technologies were recently purchased by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. In Pinellas County, the sheriff’s office has the task of monitoring individuals on pretrial release and while on misdemeanor probation.

The sheriff’s office is charging an administrative fee of $10 per day for individuals ordered to wear the device. Since the average DUI takes more than 6 months to resolve, being required to wear the SCRAM device is extremely expensive.

Additionally, the people most likely to be required to wear the CAM or SCRAM monitor are those who are least likely to be able to afford it. Any person who bonds out of jail prior to the advisory or first appearance hearing will not have that requirement. People who have a hard time bonding out are therefore more likely to be required to wear the CAM or SCRAM monitor.


Sample Motion to Remove a Pretrial Release Condition

The judge assigned to your case can remove requirement that you wear the continuous alcohol monitoring device or SCRAM if your attorney files a “motion to remove” that pretrial release condition. We have included a sample of the motion that can be used to remove the SCRAM or CAM monitor below.

IN THE COUNTY COURT FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA

STATE OF FLORIDA,

v.
______________,
Defendant.

MOTION TO REMOVE CONTINUOUS ALCOHOL MONITOR

The Defendant, by and through undersigned counsel, respectfully requests this Honorable Court to enter an Order Remove Continuous Alcohol Monitor (“CAM”), and as grounds for this motion the Defendant would show:

  1. On ______, the Defendant was arrested for the following charges: ______________________.
  2. As part of the pretrial release requirements, the Defendant was ordered by the court to be fitted with a Continuous Alcohol Monitor (“CAM”), prior to her release from Pinellas County Jail.
  3. The purpose of the Continuous Alcohol Monitor (“CAM”) was to ensure that Defendant was not consuming alcohol during the pretrial period of her case.
  4. As of this date, the Defendant has not had any instances of alcohol use for thirty (30) days.
  5. Additionally, [because Defendant is indigent], the cost of the Continuous Alcohol Monitor is a financial burden on the Defendant.
  6. The Defendant has already completed Level I or Level II DUI school and had the evaluation to determine whether additional counseling is required.
  7. [List any other mitigating factors unique to the case].

WHEREFORE, for the above mentioned reasons, the Defendant respectfully requests this Honorable Court reconsideration of the pretrial release requirement that the Defendant wear a Continuous Alcohol Monitor and delete that requirement from the pre-trial release conditions.

[enter attorney’s signature line]

NOTICE OF HEARING

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that the above will be heard before the Honorable [Judge’s Name], Pinellas County Justice Center, 14250 49th Street North Clearwater, FL 33762 on [date] at [time] in Courtroom [number] on the [number] floor of the courthouse.

I do certify that a copy hereof has been furnished by email/physical delivery to the State Attorney, County Justice Center, Clearwater, Florida, on November 2, 2018.

[enter attorney’s signature line]


Example – the Capias for CAM Pretrial Release Violations

For instance, a violation of pretrial release for a problem with the continuous alcohol monitoring “CAM” through the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office might result in the following type of order being entered:

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY
CRIMINAL DIVISION

ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO ISSUE A CAPIAS AND HOLD DEFENDANT WITHOUT BOND

THIS CAUSE, come to be heard this day upon the Oral Motion and Testimony of ASU Specialist [name], Pretrial Services, and the Court having duly considered same.

IT IS ADJUDGED that the Clerk of the Circuit Court shall issue a Capias for the Arrest of the above named Defendant on the charge of Violation of Pretrial Release. To wit:

On [date], the Defendant was imposed a condition of CONTINUOUS ALCOHOL MONITORING “CAM” THROUGH PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. On ______ at [time], Defendant submitted for testing the results of which was a BREATH ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION (“BrAC”) of 0.___. At [time] on [date], Defendant submitted for confirmation testing the result of which was a BREATH ALCOHOL CONCENTRATION (“BrAC”) of 0.___.

This above and foregoing is in direct violation of the Conditions entered by this Court on [date]. The foregoing further violates the SCRAM Remote Breath Program Participant Agreement as executed by this Defendant on [date].

Done and Ordered at Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, this ___ day of January, 2019.

Circuit / County Court Judge in Pinellas County

BOND TO BE SET AT: ZERO BOND

cc:   Court File
State Attorney
Pretrial Services

When the capias is returned served, the clerk of court will attach a personal data information sheet that must be provided by the investigating officer for computer warrant entries.

The Personal Data Information Sheet includes the defendant’s name, SSN, SID#, last known address, place of employment, date of birth, sex, race, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. According to FLCrRule 3.121, a photo will be attaches with a SOPICS preferred. This form is usually completed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and will list the ASU specialist acting as the investigating officer.


Additional Resources

Pre-Trial Services at the Pinellas County Justice Center – Visit the website of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about Judicial Operations and the office of Alternative Sentencing / Pre-Trial Services. With an After Hours Message Line, Supervised ROR Check-In, and Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program, the Alternative Sentencing Unit supervises pre-arrest, pre-trial and sentenced offenders who must abide by certain court ordered restrictions while released in the community. Pre-trial release conditions include weekly communications, random drug screenings or home confinement. The court might also impose a requirement monitored by pre-trial services that the person wear a GPS monitor and/or an alcohol monitoring device such as a Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM).


This article was last updated on Friday, January 25, 2019.

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