He has been extremely lucky so far. How the system catches criminals frequently and puts them into prison is from violations of probation. He could be facing the entire amount of time he was originally facing. So, he needs an attorney now. There are no conclusive answers for you when we do not know all the facts, and although you have given us a good rendition of the facts as you see them, there is still much more any attorney will need to know.
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A 3rd violation for similar "violence" related incidents will likely result in a revocation and either jail or prison time. It is a common misconception that the alleged victim of a crime can "drop the charges". It is the State Attorney and ONLY the State Attorney that can decide whether or not to pursue a criminal prosecution. If you are saying that the battery did not happen the way you described it to the police and the way it was written in the police report, then you should contact the State Attorney's Office to clear the air about what really happened when the newest misdemeanor battery charge was created. Keep in mind that lying to the police could expose you to potential criminal prosecution for making a false police report or even perjury.
It sounds like the two of you are facing a difficult battle ahead. He needs to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately if he wants to have any chance at avoiding a lengthy prison sentence. You might want to seek counsel as well.
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The quick answer is that he is facing 5 years on the VOP (minus whatever time he has previously served on that charge - he gets no credit for time served on probation) and another potentially concurrent 364 days on the misdemeanor.
I don't know where Debary is but I assume tah they have criminal defense lawyers there. My advise is that yo hie him one and that you do so fast. Prosecutors and Judges are not forgiving on VOPs, most especially on multiple VOPs and even more so when it comes to substantive (new offenses) VOPs.
You may want to take a look at my AVVO Legal Guide on surviving probation in FL. It contains a great deal of information on the subject, including on VOPs. For your convenience a link follows:
Plea see: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/probation-in-florida--what-it-is-and-how-to-survive-it
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