On April 21, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court granted review of the Second District Court of Appeals decision in Queior v. State, 157 So.3d 370 (Fla. 2DCA 2015) on the issue of whether a Probation Officer’s testimony that a probationer has failed a drug test administered by the Probation Officer is competent, non-hearsay evidence for purposes of proving a violation of probation.
In Queior, the State sought to revoke
the defendant’s probation of the basis of a positive drug test. At the hearing on the violation of probation,
the State offered testimony from the defendant’s probation officer that they
personally administered the drug test and that the test read positive. The defense objected to the testimony
claiming that the State had failed to lay the proper predicate to establish the
reliability of the field drug test. The
trial court revoked the defendant’s probation.
The defendant appealed, and the Second
District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court’s revocation on the grounds
that the probation officer’s testimony was not competent, non-hearsay
evidence. The Florida Supreme Court held
that a probation officer’s testimony that a probationer has failed a field drug
test administered by the probation officer is competent, non-hearsay testimony
and can be relied upon in a revocation hearing.