Brevard County Probation Violations Lawyers
Comprehensive Central Florida Criminal Law Representation
Criminal law involves more than pleas and trials. Probation and post-conviction work are also part of criminal cases. It is important to know that you are entitled to representation in probation violation hearings and that you can, under certain circumstances, appeal court decisions.
At Platt Hopwood Russell & Cole, we have the criminal law experience to represent you during probation violation hearings and appeals or post-conviction motions. Contact one of our Brevard County probation violations attorneys to learn how we may help you.
Melbourne Attorneys Defending Against Charges of a Reoffender Violating Probation
If you violate probation or community control, you can be arrested and held without bond until the hearing with a judge. At your hearing, the judge can sentence you to jail or prison for the length of your probation term or for the length of the sentence you would have received if convicted of the original crime.
Probation violations can include issues such as:
- Failing to meet with your probation officer
- Drug or alcohol test failure
- Not completing community service, court-ordered class or rehabilitation
- Failing to pay fines or court costs
- Committing a new crime
At your probation revocation hearing, there is no jury, just a judge. The standard of proof in revocation hearings is lower than in a criminal trial, so it is easier for the prosecution to convict you. Effective counsel is essential to protecting your freedom.
If a legal error by your lawyer, the prosecution or the judge during your criminal trial had a significant, harmful effect on the result, you have grounds to appeal the decision. Appeals and post-conviction motions can include:
- Direct appeals
- Habeas corpus petitions
- Ineffective assistance of counsel motions
- 3.850 motions to set aside a sentence
We will begin by reviewing your case and discussing your options with you.