Does a victim have input on if the offender gets off probation early?

Does the state consult with the victim before deciding whether to fight an offender's motion for early termination?

Orlando, FL -

Attorney Answers (4)

Adam Lloyd Pollack

Adam Lloyd Pollack

Criminal Defense Attorney - Orlando, FL
Answered

A victim has certain constitutional rights in Florida. The victim is entitled to give their input to a judge at sentencing. However, modification of probation is not per se sentencing. Probation has historically been an area which judges can exercise their discretion in modifying.

Frank Mascagni III

Frank Mascagni III

Criminal Defense Attorney - Louisville, KY
Answered

If you object and you were the victim of a crime, you should advise the prosecutor in writing and in person of your objections. Find out if there is an upcoming court date and appear to voice your objections.

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Angela Meriah Park

Angela Meriah Park

Criminal Defense Attorney - Melbourne, FL
Answered

Generally, the State Attorney's Office will consult with victims before deciding what position to take on a Defendant's Motion for Early Termination of Probation. If you are a victim and they have not contacted you, you should feel free to call them and state your position. If you are a Defendant and you are concerned about the effect the victim's input will have on the Judge, please know that the Judge is not bound by the recommendation of the victim. The Judge has discretion to terminate probation early even if the victim objects.

Colleen M. Glenn

Colleen M. Glenn

Criminal Defense Attorney - Bradenton, FL
Answered

Yes if there is a no contact provision to the probation.

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