Probation Violations

Los Angeles Probation Violations Attorney

Are you afraid that you may have violated your probation?

At our firm we know that it can sometimes be difficult to hold true to all the rules of your probation all of the time. Even the most well-meaning of probationers can sometimes make a mistake. Then there are the situations where you may be accused of having violated your probation when you feel you did not. No matter what your circumstances, our firm fully understands your position and we can help to make it right.

A Los Angeles probation violation defense attorney is your safest bet when you are being charged with violating probation. We are aggressive at representing our clients in all aspects of criminal defense. We know it's tough in the criminal justice system and you are entitled to the best possible representation that you can get.

Common Examples of Probation Violations

Probation violation occurs when an individual on probation fails to comply with the terms and conditions set forth by the court. These terms typically include various requirements and restrictions aimed at rehabilitation and ensuring public safety.

Common examples of probation violations include:

  • Missing an appointment with a probation officer: Regular meetings with a probation officer are usually required, and missing these appointments can constitute a violation.
  • Being arrested for another crime: Committing another offense while on probation is a clear violation of the terms, as it demonstrates a failure to abide by the law.
  • Failing a drug test: Many individuals on probation are required to abstain from drug and alcohol use. Failing a drug test by testing positive for prohibited substances is a violation.
  • Missing a mandatory court appearance: Failing to appear in court when required, whether for a progress hearing or for another legal matter, is considered a violation.
  • Leaving the state without permission of the probation officer: Probation often comes with restrictions on travel, and leaving the state without prior approval from the probation officer is a violation.
  • Failure to complete community service or counseling: Probation terms may include requirements such as completing community service hours or attending counseling sessions. Failing to fulfill these obligations constitutes a violation.
  • Failure to pay fines or restitution: Financial obligations, such as paying fines or restitution to victims, are often part of probation conditions. Failing to make these payments can lead to a violation.
  • Associating with known criminals or engaging in prohibited activities: Probation terms may include restrictions on associating with certain individuals or engaging in specific activities. Violating these restrictions constitutes a violation.

What Happens If I'm Guilty of Violating Probation?

Probation violations can result in your probation being cancelled and sometimes, prison sentences can even be extended. The penalties for violating one's probation can vary greatly depending on the circumstances.

Some examples of consequences for probation violation can include:

  • Extending your probation term
  • Jail time
  • Revoking your probation
  • Fines
  • Community service

Depending on what was done, the severity of the penalty will be assigned. There are no set rules of what penalties must be assigned when probation is violated. The probation officer is given discretion to weigh all the factors and decide what to do. One of your legal rights is to have attorney representation. It is strongly advised that you take advantage of this right for your chance at the best possible outcome.

Need Help? We're Here for You.

No matter what your circumstances, don't take chances with your future. You deserve a hard-hitting team with a history of obtaining real results. Call Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP to get started on your case.

Here's how we can assist:

  • Understanding the Situation: First and foremost, we will thoroughly review the details of the probation violation allegations and the terms of your probation. Understanding the specific circumstances surrounding the alleged violation is crucial in crafting an effective defense strategy.
  • Legal Analysis: We will analyze the applicable laws and regulations relevant to your case to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's arguments. This includes assessing whether the alleged actions truly constitute a violation of the probation terms.
  • Investigation: We conduct a comprehensive investigation to gather evidence and witness statements that can support your defense. This may involve obtaining surveillance footage, gathering documentation, or interviewing relevant parties to establish facts that can refute the allegations.
  • Negotiation: In some cases, negotiation with the prosecution may be possible to reach a favorable resolution without the need for a full trial. We leverage our negotiation skills and legal expertise to advocate for reduced consequences or alternative dispositions that minimize the impact on your life.
  • Court Representation: If your case proceeds to court, we provide strong advocacy on your behalf. Our experienced attorneys present compelling arguments, cross-examine witnesses, and challenge the prosecution's evidence to defend your rights and interests vigorously.
  • Mitigation: We also focus on presenting mitigating factors to the court, such as your efforts at rehabilitation, positive behavior during probation, or extenuating circumstances that may have contributed to the alleged violation. Highlighting these factors can help mitigate the potential consequences of a violation.
  • Appeals: If you have been unfairly found in violation of probation, we can explore options for appealing the decision and seeking relief from the adverse consequences. Our appellate team is skilled in navigating the complex appellate process to pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf.

Throughout the entire process, we provide personalized attention and support to guide you through the legal proceedings and help alleviate the stress associated with probation violation charges. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for you, whether through dismissal of the charges, reduction of penalties, or other favorable resolutions. With our dedicated legal representation, you can trust that your rights and interests are in capable hands.

Contact our lawyers today concerning your probation violation.

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