Florida Man Sentenced To Five Years Of Probation For Lit Cigarette On Plane

Jacksonville’s citizens sometimes feel they do not need to be told what to do. When they are, they turn angry thoughts into actions. For many, those actions will lead to criminal charges. However, a criminal charge does not mean that one is guilty or that one need be seriously punished. If one is in a similar situation, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected. imagescig.jpg

According to CBS Los Angeles, Manolin Jesus Villaverde of Miami has been sentenced to five years of probation for disrupting an airline flight. Villaverde allegedly had lit a cigarette on the flight he was on and refused to put it out. The plane made a subsequent unscheduled landing. Villaverde was arrested, plead guilty, but was given a lighter sentence by the Judge, assessing him $100 in court costs in addition to the probation.

Jacksonville probation cases typically involve cases in which someone has wrongfully violated their probation. However, in this case, there was no prior probation sentence to speak of. Many times in Jacksonville, people are placed on probation that may seem odd; the difference is that the probation requirements are reasonably connected to the crime that occurred.

Probation requirements can broadly range in type, though there are many standard requirements placed upon those in the system, including:

– Paying for Supervision costs
– Some jail-time as a condition of probation
– Being prohibited from violating any law
– Submitting to drug testing and treatment
– Letters of apology
– Being Prohibited from leaving the state
– Reporting to a probation officer
– Community service hours
– Being Prohibited from alcohol consumption
– Obtaining a job
– Mental health evaluations
– Restitution payments to victims
These are just some of the standard requirements for probation. The judge deciding what terms will be included in the probation sentence can impose some of their own particular terms to be added to the final sentence. Judges have flexibility in particularizing the terms to the crime and even particularizing the terms to the individual.

The Judge has the discretion to choose specific probation requirements for particular defendants. However, those requirements must be reasonably related to the crime that was committed. In this particular case, that reasonability was absent.

Even if one is remorseful for a crime, a prior record or history of criminal misconduct might tempt a Judge to render a prison sentence. However, with the help of an experienced Jacksonville criminal mischief crimes defense attorney, one could persuade the Judge to render a much lighter punishment that would involve counseling, house arrest or a slightly longer probation, rather than just incarceration.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Florida Man Gets 5 Years Probation For Disrupting Ontario-Bound Flight, Associated Press, CBS Los Angeles