Often times after people have pled to a particular offense, they are placed on probation. In short, probation is a penalty which requires a criminal defendant to perform certain acts within a set time frame in lieu of jail time. All orders of probation require the criminal defendant not be charged with any new criminal offense. The commission of a new criminal offense is the way in which most criminal defendants are charged with a violation of probation (VOP).
A violation of probation is a very serious allegation for which criminal defendants should seek competent legal counsel. In the State of Florida, when someone is charged with a felony, the court is mandated to use a point system. Violations of probation allow the court to “bump up” the score sheet to a higher scale which may expose the accused to state prison.