Probation is one of several special supervision programs that can be used by the judge as an alternative to incarceration in which an offender, the probationer , is monitored and ordered to follow certain special conditions set forth by the court.
An advantage of being placed on probation is that the judge has the option of withholding adjudication of guilt (as opposed to adjudicating you guilty of the offense), which would mean you are not actually “convicted” of the crime charged. As so, you might be able to seal your case later on. Also, probation allows a probationer to continue functioning within the community, with certain restrictions, and under the supervision of a Probation Officer.
The probation conditions and probation term imposed by the judge that must be satisfied by the offender will depend on many factors such as the nature of crime committed and the criminal background of the offender.
Probation conditions in Florida may be classified as general and special conditions, and they may include, but are not limited to:
Florida probationers that have complied with all the probation conditions without violating the probation agreement and have completed at least half of your probation term, may file a Motion for Early Termination of Probation . Some judges allow you to request early termination of probation before half has been completed.
If you do not comply with all your probation terms and conditions you may be found in Violation of Probation (VOP), which has harsh consequences under Florida Law in that the judge can sentence you up to the maximum sentence you would have faced on the original charge.
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