Violation of probation is a serious charge. Judges generally don’t like it when you’ve failed to comply with requirements ordered by them. And, the punishment can be severe, including up to the maximum penalty you might have received for the underlying charge for which you are on probation.
The good news is if you have been deemed to be in violation of your probation, you often may have some defense to the charge. Two such defenses are that your violation was neither willful nor substantial. The applicability of these defenses to a charge of violation of probation was demonstrated in a recent Duval County case.
Alfred James Scott, who had no prior criminal record pled guilty to one count of sale of marijuana. He was sentenced to a ninety-day suspended sentence, followed by twenty-one months of probation. The suspended sentence was conditioned upon Scott securing a full-time job, which Scott represented he would obtain at Home Depot. Continue reading