Fighting For A Second Chance After A Probation Violation
Receiving probation for a criminal offense is usually a relief. But people walking free on probation forget that they still have one foot in jail or state prison. One slip-up can land you in front of the judge, who has the power to revoke probation and impose the original sentence.
If you are charged with a new offense or accused of violating terms of your probation, the law firm of Steven Wetter, will fight to win you a second chance at your probation hearing. We know that there may be a simple and honest explanation for a probation or parole violation. We realize that people have setbacks and relapses. Our job is to get you back in compliance and back in the good graces of the court.
If you have been contacted or arrested, or if you believe you have a warrant for probation violations, contact our Fort Myers office for a free consultation. We practice in criminal and juvenile courts of Lee County and Charlotte County, Florida.
Knowledgeable And Proactive Representation
Steven Wetter has practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in the Fort Myers and Cape Coral area for more than 20 years. Before that, he prosecuted thousands of misdemeanors and felonies as an assistant state attorney. He knows that judges take probation violations seriously — almost personally. If the judge determines your violation was “willful and substantial,” he or she can send you to jail or impose even stricter probation terms.
There are two ways to violate probation: technical violations (defying the terms of the probation) or law violations (an arrest for a new crime). Mr. Wetter has helped clients overcome both types of violations:
- New criminal charges
- Absconding (failing to notify the court of your whereabouts)
- Failure to report to the probation officer
- Failure to complete treatment or classes
- Failure to pay fines and court fees
- Failed urine tests
We will help you explain to the court why you went AWOL (moved, evicted, hospitalized, etc.), that you are “back on the wagon,” or that you are now in compliance with all terms of probation. In most of our cases, we have convinced the judge to continue probation or modify it.