If you are on probation for an alcohol charge in Florida, you may be wondering what happens if you fail an alcohol test on probation.
Know the terms of your probation.
At sentencing, the judge will set out certain conditions to be followed. Be sure to get a copy of his order.
It may include:
- The length of the probationary period
- Mandatory visits to a probation officer
- Payment of fines, court costs, drug testing, alcohol monitoring
- Maintaining sobriety
- Avoid re-arrest
- Classes, counseling, attendance at AA or NA meetings
It is vital to take probation seriously to avoid sitting in jail for an extended period before getting a court date. Keep in mind that the court requires total compliance until your probationary period is complete.
But what if you are ordered to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor your alcohol consumption and can’t afford it, have a medical condition, or work in a flammable gas environment or where a bracelet poses a possible trip hazard?
Then it would be wise to contact Tampa Bay Monitoring regarding their low-cost breath devices.
Another reason to consider Tampa Bay Monitoring
If you test positive for alcohol consumption, it will report to your probation officer. However, some agencies will immediately arrest you.
Tampa Bay Monitoring will require a retest for its breath devices to rule out incidental contact. We also notify our ankle monitor clients and their attorney so that you have time to take an ETG/ETS test that may help your defense.
Since most jurisdictions will revoke your condition of release and set a zero bond. Therefore, how the report is handled can make quite a difference.
I know I can’t drink, but what else should I avoid?
Some agencies are spotty in providing a comprehensive list of products that can trigger a consumption event. You can find a more comprehensive list here.
Is there a risk if I try to stop drinking alcohol altogether?
Yes, there could be. Our blog, Forcing defendants to stop drinking abruptly, explains the risks. Court and ASU units are unaware of the importance of having these individuals assessed and under medical care first.
Tampa Bay Monitoring is here to help.
Monitoring your sobriety pre-trial may even reduce your time on probation. Contact us to learn more about our products and resources.