Almost every sentence you receive upon your conviction for DUI will include some period of court ordered supervision to guarantee you complete the numerous mandatory sanctions required by Florida Law. If your case is in misdemeanor court, this supervision is called community probation. It cannot exceed 12 months. You must comply with all rules imposed on you by the court during this time, or you can be sentenced to anywhere from 6 to 12 months in jail for violation of these rules. You will be assigned a probation officer during this period whom you will have to meet with on a monthly basis to confirm you are abiding by the law and completing your assigned obligations from the court. If you fail to follow you officers lawful instructions, you face a potential violation and a jail sentence.
If your case is a felony offense, you could receive a probation sentence, or a more sever form of probation called community control. Community control is often referred to as “house arrest”. Under community control, you have the same requirements as being on probation, except your freedom of movement is strictly curtailed and monitored. You will meet with an officer on a weekly basis, and have to live by a set schedule.
You can go to work or school, and are allowed time for travel there and back, and you can shop for groceries once a week on a scheduled time, but otherwise you must be in your home or your property 24 hours a day, unless specifically given permission to be elsewhere by the court or your community control officer. Some community control sentences require you to wear a GPS monitor on your person so your movements can be tracked at all times. If you deviate from your schedule without permission, you face a possible prison sentence of at least 5 years.
If you are facing a violation of either felony or misdemeanor probation, your freedom could be in jeopardy for significant period of time, so please contact us immediately for assistance.