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Jail or Treatment

If an individual is charged with a second or subsequent DUI, they should know that the minimum jail sentence required can be satisfied by jail or treatment in a residential facility. For example, if you are charged with a third DUI within ten years t… Read More
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Arrested for a Probation Officer's Mistake

You may not believe this, but people do get arrested for a probation officer’s mistake – sometimes with no bond. An Example: The other day I was in court in Pasco County, Florida; and a young guy was asking for termination of his probat… Read More
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Restitution: Why do I owe so much money?

Restitution If you were convicted of a crime which involved injury to another person or damage to their property, the court will most likely order that restitution be paid as part of your sentence. This restitution order can be imposed whether the da… Read More
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Alternative Sanctions Program Violations of Probation

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,… Read More
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Willful Violation of Probation - What if I Didn't know I was Violating?

What is a Willful Violation of Probation? A Violation of Probation must be both “willful” and “substantial”. That means that you had to: Know and understand all of the rules of probation. Purposely break those rules. Know that… Read More
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Traffic Stops: How long can you be detained?

Like all things legal – It depends. So let me give you an example from a recent appellate court decision out of Polk County – which is part of the Second DCA and binding on courts in Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Joey Villanueva was stoppe… Read More
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Juvenile Probation Sanctions

If a child is placed on probation the following are some of the requirements he or she might have: NOTE THAT THE TIME TO ARGUE OR DISAGREE ABOUT THE CONDITIONS OF PROBATION IS NOT AT THE TIME THE CHILD PLEAS TO THE CRIME. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE J… Read More
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Probation Violations – Dirty Urine

When people hear about probation it sounds like a great alternative to jail or prison. But probation conditions are tough! Just the costs alone are enough to bankrupt most people. Some of the conditions of probation are: Fines and court costs, usuall… Read More
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