Quite simply, the alternative sanctions program allows people to avoid court if they violate felony probation for a minor rule.
In the past, a violation of felony probation meant a sure trip to jail. Not anymore. In both Pinellas and Pasco Counties, you may be eligible for the Alternative Sanctions Program for Violations of Felony Probation. It only works for a minor, or "technical" violation. (Make sure you scroll down to the last page of that link - it shows a plea form.)
Any of these "minor violations" may make you eligible for the Alternative Sanctions Program.
Drug tests are often inaccurate - if you're sure you should have Passed your drug test, and you didn't, that's a defense, which you'd be giving up by entering into the Alternative Sanctions program.
3. You get more sanctions, which you'll have a set amount of time to complete - if you don't complete them on time, you will get a formal violation, which means you'll get arrested.
4. If you sign the Alternative Sanctions plea form - it means you're admitting to the violation - that means, pleading guilty. If you don't complete the Alternative Sanctions - and a formal Violation of Felony Probation is filed by your P.O. - you've already admitted - you have already plead guilty. See #1 above.
4. The judge has to agree to the Alternative Sanctions.
If you choose the Alternative Sanctions, you do not need a lawyer. But if you have any doubts as to your guilt - do not agree to the Alternative Sanctions Program. And definitely don't agree if you don't think you can complete the sanctions. Call us if you have any questions.