If I’m in a pre-trial release program, what are the consequences for failing a drug/alcohol test while in the program?

I work offshore 14 and 14 and do very well for myself so paying the bond was no issue, however getting in touch with someone was so I got pre-trial release. How are these situations handled by PTR officers?

Asked on September 12, 2015 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

PTR is basically an opportunity for a defendant to remain out while their case is pending.  They are allowed to remain free as long as they comply with the conditions of their bond.
Your question implies either that you have missed a required contact with your release officer or you have failed a drug/alcohol test.  If you fail to comply with either, the officer may do one of two things.  The first potential is for the officer to give you a "warning", namely... they could tell you to get into counseling for whatever you tested positive for and to "not to it again."  the second potential is for the officer to report back to the court that you have violated a condition.  If you have a hard judge, they could revoke and/or increase your bond.  If you have a more lenient judge, they too could give you a second opportunity to stay out on bond.  I'm sorry this answer is a bit vague... however, the end result really depends on the personalities of the people that are in charge of your case.


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