I was taken to court over child support Andy put on 5 year diversion. I served it without incident and made regular payments. I live in Florida and At the review hearing ( which was th day after I received a summons) they said I get another 5 years even though I was in compliance. And said I could be on it for the rest of my life or until I pay off the 8,000 owed from back support. Part of my monthly payment goes toward the back pay so is this even legal? It seems as if it’s not double jeopardy but quadruple jeopardy.
Terms such as this (probation, diversion, etc.) can, and are, typically extended by courts when you have yet to meet your financial obligations. And unless you have retained an attorney to help minimize the period of extension, specific terms of the extension, and otherwise mitigate your continued exposure during and after the extension period ends, they (the prosecutor and court) are likely to impose the most severe conditions the law allows. Don’t go back to court without an attorney and expect the best result possible, especially when you have an unpaid tab with the court.
It is typical for a child support office to keep persons coming in for "reviews" to ensure payments are being made. Without seeing the paperwork you've got, it's hard to tell if this is the case or if it stemmed from a criminal non-support case. If the latter, I defer to colleagues who do criminal defense.
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