Helping Floridians Subject to Community Control Supervision
While almost everyone has heard of a criminal offender being placed on probation, you may not be aware that probation is only one type of community supervision in Florida. One type of community correction is called community control, and hundreds of Floridians are sentenced to community control after they are convicted of or plead guilty to certain offenses.
What Is Community Control?
Community control is a form of supervision that varies from probation, house arrest, and other forms of community corrections in several ways. First, instead of visiting a probation officer at a probation office, a specially trained officer comes to visit you whenever or wherever they wish. This means that an officer may show up at your home, place of employment, or other location where you are supposed to be without any future notice. Such visits limit your travel within the community as you must be at certain places at certain times in line with the terms and conditions of your supervision. For this reason, community control is often compared to house arrest; however, electronic monitors are not routinely used for community control except for some violent or sexual offenders.
Community control normally involves close supervision with numerous terms, conditions, and requirements for offenders to meet. Reports are completed regarding an offender’s compliance on a weekly basis, as opposed to monthly for standard probation. Due to the random officer visits, increased conditions, and frequent reporting, community control is substantially more intensive than probation.
Because of the intensity of the community control program, violating your conditions is often easier than complying with all of them. If you are under community control supervision and are accused of violating any conditions, you should always contact an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
What Happens If You Violate Community Control?
If your supervisor believes you have violated any conditions, you may find yourself facing charges of Violation of Community Control (VOCC) under Florida law. Your supervisor will prepare and submit to your sentencing judge an Affidavit of Violation, which will list all alleged violations. The judge may then issue a warrant for your arrest and, when you are arrested, you may be held with no possible bond. You will have to appear in court in front of the judge who heard your underlying case and your supervising officer will submit a Violations Report Form that recommends a particular punishment for your alleged violations.
The recommended punishment is often to revoke your community control supervision and to impose a prison sentence that could have been imposed for your underlying offense. However, allegations of violations do not have to result in prison time. An experienced Florida criminal defense attorney can represent you in court and help to limit or eliminate the penalties you may face. At Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm, PLLC, lawyer Stephen G. Cobb knows how to defend community control violation allegations so that you receive the best outcome possible. If you are facing community control charges, call our office at 850-423-0035 for help today.