What Is the Penalty for Violating Probation in Florida?

The penalty for violating probation in Florida varies depending on the circumstances of the case, according to Florida criminal trial lawyer Richard E. Hornsby. If found guilty, a judge can motion to reinstate probation, modify the terms of the probation, or revoke probation entirely.

In probation violation hearings, prosecutors do not need to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, as noted on RichardHornsby.com. As a result, prosecutors can use any new criminal charge as evidence of a probation violation, regardless of whether it was dismissed or beaten in court. If probation is revoked as part of the violation hearing, the judge can impose the maximum penalty available for the original charge.