Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Ralph Behr has sent an advisory to his clients on probation. It concerns the recent ruling from the appellate court that covers South Florida: particularly Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.
The ruling clarifies when drug offender probation terms are added to probation for non-drug crimes
The new ruling clearly states: a defendant may not be sentenced to drug offender probation unless he has been convicted of an enumerated chapter 893 offense or agreed to such probation in a plea agreement.
If your probation has been violated because you failed to comply with drug offender probation requirements contact your South Florida criminal defense attorney. Ask if the charge was a drug-related charge; ask if the final disposition includes your voluntary agreement to drug offender probation.