Accused Of Violating Your Probation?

When someone is placed on probation as part of a criminal sentence, he or she must follow specific guidelines, and check in with his or her probation officer on a specific schedule in order to satisfy the terms of his or her probation. This can be a challenging, confusing situation that often leads to charges of probation violations.

If you or someone you care about has been charged with a probation violation, Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, can help you. We have more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in the Florida Panhandle and understand the seriousness of these charges.

To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, email or call us today at 850-855-4520. We provide results-oriented representation for people in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Pensacola and elsewhere in Northwest Florida.

Probation Violations Are Handled Differently From Other Charges

Unlike other charges, you will not receive a trial by jury in your probation violation case. You are only entitled to a judge trial in a violation of probation case. Also, the prosecution will not have to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt; it will only be required to prove it by a preponderance of the evidence. As if the deck was not stacked against you enough, hearsay is admissible in probation violation hearings.

With so much not in your favor after being charged with a probation violation, it is critical to have an experienced defense attorney handling your case. If found guilty of the violation, you could be sent to jail or prison, have your probation revoked and replaced with a more restrictive probation or community control, or have the penalties of a previously suspended sentence imposed on you.

Free Consultation With a Probation Violation Hearing Attorney

You need a serious defense against this serious charge. Contact our firm to speak to a knowledgeable attorney about your probation violation case.