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Miami-Dade Judge Sentences Former NFL Star to Prison on Probation Violation

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The Miami Herald reports that a Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge has sentenced former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins to 5 years in state prison for a probation violation.
In 2005, Robbins was placed on probation in Miami-Dade County for several counts of battery on a law enforcement officer after he allegedly got into a violent scuffle with Miami Beach police.
Robbins has a long and well-documented history of mental illness and substance abuse problems.
During the course of his probation, Robbins has had several violations.  Each time, he was reinstated to probation with conditions.  One of those conditions involved spending time in a drug rehabilitation facility.
Unfortunately, the courts are only willing to give someone so many chances.  At a probation violation hearing set just this past week, Robbins entered an admission to the violation and received a sentence of 5 years in state prison.
However, when you are sentenced on a probation violation, you receive credit for all of the time you have served in jail under that case.  So any time you spent it jail awaiting trial on the underlying case, or in jail on a pending violation, you will get credit toward any prison sentence.  Robbins should be out within 2 years.
The allegation was that Robbins was arrested in Texas for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.
Probation violations can result in lengthy prison sentences.  A good criminal defense attorney can sometimes negotiate with the State to reinstate the probation, or hold the affidavit of violation in abeyance while the probationer corrects whatever it was they failed to do on their probation.
New law violations (new arrests) are the most serious violations.  But technical violations (failure to pay restitution, testing positive for drugs, etc...) can be just as serious if the accused is on probation for a serious crime.
I handle probation violations in Miami-Dade and Broward.  If you or a loved one are facing a probation violation, call me today.