Violation of Probation in Hillsborough County

If you are on probation in Hillsborough County, Florida, and believe that your probation officer will allege that you violated your probation, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss all of your options.

We represent men and women charged with violation of probation cases at the courthouse in Tampa and Plant City and all surrounding areas throughout Tampa Bay.

The goal in any violation of probation case is to avoid any jail or prison sentence. Another goal is to avoid a conviction for the underlying offense if adjudication was originally withheld. The most important goal we have is to help our clients get into compliance so their probation can be terminated early.

We help our clients fight for the absolute best results possible in felony and misdemeanor VOP cases.Call (813) 250-0500 today.

Motion to Surrender on a Violation of Probation

Call our office to learn about strategies for avoiding going into custody after a violation of probation warrant has been issued for your arrest. When your attorney files a motion to surrender you might have the opportunity to go to court with your attorney to ask the court to withdraw the warrant for violation of probation or to set a reasonable bond.

A motion to surrender is particularly important if you have a valid defense to the violation of probation allegation. Not all judges allow the person accused to use this important tool, so talk with an experienced attorney about options that might be available in your particular case.

Defenses to VOP Charges in Hillsborough County, FL

Defenses to a violation of probation cases in Hillsborough County can include:

  1. Showing the alleged violation were not willful;
  2. Showing the alleged violations were not substantial;
  3. Moving to exclude evidence in the VOP case that is subject to the exclusionary rule because of an unlawful detention or search;
  4. Showing the failure to pay restitution was not willful because of an inability to pay the entire amount within the time provided; or
  5. A drug test came back positive even though you did not actually use any controlled substance.

Which Judge Will Decide My VOP Case?

For any misdemeanor violation of probation case in Hillsborough County, you will go back to see the judge that originally placed you on probation.

For any felony violation of probation case in Hillsborough County, you will go back to see the judge that originally placed you on probation if you are arrested on any new felony offense. If you are charged with violation of probation for any technical violation or after an arrest for any misdemeanor offense, then you will normally go to a special VOP division known as Division “K” in Hillsborough County.

Additional Resources

Florida Anti-Murder Act – Read more about how Florida’s Anti-Murder Act impacts certain felony violation of probation cases.

Order of Probation – Information on the order of probation and how technical and substantive violations can result based on those terms and conditions.

Violation of Probation in a DUI Case – DUI probation contains numerous minimum mandatory conditions that are often difficult to complete within the time allowed including DUI school and an evaluation and follow-up treatment. The most common basis for a violation involves getting caught driving on a suspended driver’s license especially after a second or third DUI conviction.

Choosing the VOP Attorney in Hillsborough County, FL

Probation cases are common in Hillsborough County. In fact, as of June 30, 2012, the Department of Correction’s Circuit Office of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County reported having 11,121 offenders under supervision.

Finding the best attorney for the particular facts and circumstances of your case is a difficult task. We offer free consultations for any VOP case in Hillsborough County, FL. Call (813) 250-0500 to speak with an experienced attorney about your case in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.

Call (813) 250-0500 to speak with an experienced attorney about your case in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, FL, for any misdemeanor or felony case.

This article was last updated on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.