Probation Violations: Overview & Penalties

Earlier this month, a California plane stowaway received jail time for violating her probation. The woman, who flew from San Jose to Los Angeles International Airport ticketless, was sentenced to 177 days in jail for violating her probation by returning to Los Angeles Airport. The full story can be read here: http://tbo.com/ap/calif-plane-stowaway-gets-jail-for-probation-violation-20140813/

It can be very difficult to hold true to every rule of one's probation. One small mistake can lead to a probation violation. On the other hand, there are situations in which a person is accused of violating probation when the person feels they have not. Regardless, Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP understands your situation and can help make it right.

The penalties for violating probation can be very costly. When you or a loved one is facing charges of probation violation, a skilled Criminal Defense Attorney is what you need. The first thing that the penalties for violating probation depend on is how probation was violated. Was one appointment with a probation officer missed? Was another crime committed? Were drugs involved? Was a court appearance missed? Was the state left without permission?

If the conditions of probations are violated, the probationer will have to attend a probation violation hearing before a judge. Depending on how the probationer violated their probation, the penalties will be assigned. There is no predetermined set of guidelines to be followed when assessing the penalties for violating probation. All of the factors involved of each individual case are weighed by the probation officer to decide how the probationer should be penalized.

One legal right that a probationer has when facing charges of violating probation is to have legal representation. Having helped many clients over the last 50 years of service, Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP strongly advises that anyone accused of violating probation or anyone who has violated probation exercise this right. Violating probation can be very serious with long term affects. Probation violation can result in the termination of probation or the extension of prison sentences. No matter what your circumstances are, do not take a chance with your future. Call Lessem & Newstat, LLP immediately if you have violated your probation or have been accused of violating your probation.

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