A violation of probation or VOP proceeding is different than being charged with a new crime. Now that you have already been sentenced to probation; you have fewer defenses than if you were charged with a new crime. A few examples are:
- You have no right to a bond while awaiting a hearing
- You have no right to jury trial in a violation hearing
- No statute of limitations; You cannot wait out the VOP
- You have no possibility of bond if you fall under Florida’s Anti-Murder Act Hearsay is admissible against you
- Guilt does not have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt
- You can be forced to testify against yourself
Additionally, it is much easier for the State Attorney to prove a violation. However, there are defenses to a VOP and I have successfully, defended clients accused of violating his or her probation.
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