Find competent local lawyer.
A great way to find a competent, diligent and zealous advocate for your cause is by using Avvo. Since you are already at Avvo, after reading this guide click on "Find a Lawyer" and use it to seek out a lawyer you feel comfortable with in your local area. Finding a local lawyer helps ensure that your legal representative knows how your Judge thinks. Another great way to find a lawyer is by going to the find a lawyer website for the the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL.org): http://tinyurl.com/8ru8wtv. In Florida, FACDL, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers find a lawyer page may be found here: http://tinyurl.com/8e4h3my Finally, when you go for your initial consultation, ask the attorney what the last case on violation of probation and financial conditions was, and what the legal standard for finding a financial violation is. If he can't tell you, look elsewhere.
Be prepared to prepare your lawyer.
Confidentially advising your attorney of all the facts and details of your present financial condition and lifestyle helps prepare him to negotiate with the prosecutor and prepare a defense. Hiding the fact that you support your mistress' child, or neglecting to tell him you have five children will result in a poorly prepared lawyer. Bring a log of all the job interviews you have been, and all of your bills.