Violation of Probation (VOP)


Many times when a person pleads or is convicted of a crime, their sentence involves probation or community control.  Probation includes supervision by a probation officer for a specified period of time.  Community control is a form of house arrest where a person is confined to their home except for approved activities.

Probation or community control conditions may require you to:

  • Report to your probation officer
  • Maintain a curfew
  • Maintain suitable employment
  • Live in a specified location
  • Pay restitution to the crime victim
  • Perform community service
  • Avoid violating laws
  • Stay away from known criminals and criminal activity
  • Participate in random drug tests

Probation or community control violations in Florida include:

  • Any arrest for a new crime (“new law violation” or “substantive violation”)
  • Testing positive for drugs (“technical violation”)
  • Possession of illegal drugs or weapons
  • Failure to pay restitution
  • Moving to a new residence without permission
  • Missing or being late to probation meetings with your probation officer (“Absconding”)
  • Failure to complete court-mandated community service or counseling

If you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation or community control, you have the right to challenge the allegations.  It is absolutely essential that you retain Henderson Legal Group during a VOP case. The state government has very little to prove and you require aggressive defense at this stage.