Question: What is Community Control?
Answer: Community Control and Probation are two very different types of sentences
in the State of Florida. They can be combined, such as a period of Community
Control followed by Probation, but they certainly are not the same. In
order to understand their differences, however, we must first discuss
Both are punishments imposed by the Court as a result of a plea agreement
or a finding of guilt at trial. Terms of Community Control and/or Probation
can be imposed on their own, or following a length of time in jail or
prison. Community Control, however, is a far more restrictive form of
supervision, one where the individual sentenced is prohibited from leaving
his or her residence. Think of Community Control as a form of house arrest.
It is only available in Felony sentences, and can only be imposed for
up to two years, though regular Probation often will follow.
Oftentimes you are required to wear a GPS monitor on your ankle that allows the
Florida Department of Corrections to track your every move. If the Judge allows it, you may be permitted
to leave your residence to go to work, school, or a medical visit. Your
Community Control Officer will set a schedule that may allow you to leave
your house during certain hours to run errands. Community Control Officers
will randomly stop by the offender's home to see if they are where
they are supposed to be. If the offender is not home when they are supposed
to be home, it is a
Community Control is a punishment designated for more serious offenses
or for repeat offenders. It is often imposed when Probation is modified
due to a Probation violation. It can only be imposed for a period of two
years, though regular Probation can and often will follow the Community
Control period. In other words, Community Control is usually one's
last chance before deeming a prison sentence. Thus, a violation is very serious.
If you, or someone you know, is facing a violation of Community Control,
call my office immediately. We are only digits away, 24/7!