Probation Violations

Probation Violations occur after a probation officer, for example, finds that a person on probation has violated the terms of his or her probation, or fails a drug test, for example, against the terms of their probation. Depending on how probation is alleged to have been violated, Probation Violations could potentially both land a person back in jail or prison and subject them to new criminal charges.  Both Federal and Florida law include heavy fines and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum sentences of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE.  Mr.  Petruzzi has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation for, Probation Violation offenses by both Federal and State authorities.  His experience and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset to his clients.

To arrange for a free and confidential consultation with respect to any Federal or State Probation Violation offense, contact our office at (305)-770-6550.

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Federal Probation Violation offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice.  Some common Federal Statutes criminalizing Probation Violations include:

18 USC Sec.  3606 –

If there is probable cause to believe that a probationer or a person on supervised release has violated a condition of his probation or release, he may be arrested, and, upon arrest, shall be taken without unnecessary delay before the court having jurisdiction over him.  A probation officer may make such an arrest wherever the probationer or releasee is found, and may make the arrest without a warrant.  The court having supervision of the probationer or releasee, or, if there is no such court, the court last having supervision of the probationer or releasee, may issue a warrant for the arrest of a probationer or releasee for violation of a condition of release, and a probation officer or United States marshal may execute the warrant in the district in which the warrant was issued or in any district in which the probationer or releasee is found.

Florida Probation Violation offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various State and Local law enforcement agencies.  Some common Florida Statutes criminalizing Probation Violations include:

948.06 Violation of probation or community control; revocation; modification; continuance; failure to pay restitution or cost of supervision.—

(1) (a) Whenever within the period of probation or community control there are reasonable grounds to believe that a probationer or offender in community control has violated his or her probation or community control in a material respect, any law enforcement officer who is aware of the probationary or community control status of the probationer or offender in community control or any parole or probation supervisor may arrest or request any county or municipal law enforcement officer to arrest such probationer or offender without warrant wherever found and return him or her to the court granting such probation or community control.

(b) Any committing trial court judge may issue a warrant, upon the facts being made known to him or her by affidavit of one having knowledge of such facts, for the arrest of the probationer or offender, returnable forthwith before the court granting such probation or community control. In lieu of issuing a warrant for arrest, the committing trial court judge may issue a notice to appear if the probationer or offender in community control has never been convicted of committing, and is not currently alleged to have committed, a qualifying offense as defined in this section.

(c) If a judge finds reasonable grounds to believe that a probationer or an offender has violated his or her probation or community control in a material respect by committing a new violation of law, the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the person.

(d) 1.  At a first appearance hearing for an offender who has been arrested for violating his or her probation or community control in a material respect by committing a new violation of law the court:

a.  Shall inform the person of the violation.

b.  May order the person to be taken before the court that granted the probation or community control if the person admits the violation.

2.  If the probationer or offender does not admit the violation at the first appearance hearing, the court:

a.  May commit the probationer or offender or may release the person with or without bail to await further hearing, notwithstanding s. 907.041, relating to pretrial detention and release; or

b.  May order the probationer or offender to be brought before the court that granted the probation or community control.

3.  In determining whether to require or set the amount of bail, and notwithstanding s. 907.041, relating to pretrial detention and release, the court may consider whether the probationer or offender is more likely than not to receive a prison sanction for the violation.

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