Probation Violation Attorney Serving Los Angeles
Committed Representation for the Accused
When given probation in lieu of jail time, you will be subject to the conditions set by the court to which you must adhere during the probationary period. If you violate any of these conditions, you may face certain negative consequences. Judges have wide discretion in handing down their punishments for probation violations. Having a trusted and respected Los Angeles probation violation defense attorney by your side at any probation violation hearing is a must if you wish to achieve favorable results.
At Castaneda Law, APC we have well over a decade of legal experience, which includes making compelling cases before judges for our clients. If you are facing a probation violation hearing, it is critical that you seek the help of our firm to protect your legal rights and provide a strong argument and defense on your behalf in court. Such hearings are a legal process for which you should always have the benefit of a knowledgeable and committed Los Angeles criminal lawyer.
Probation Violations in Los Angeles
In general, to be found guilty of a probation violation your actions or lack of actions must have been willful or substantial.
Examples of probation violations can include:
- Failing a drug test
- Failing to pay court costs, fees, or other financial obligations assigned by the court
- Failing to report to your probation officer
- Getting arrested for a new criminal offense
- Failing to work on a public works project as assigned by the court
- Failing to find or remain in gainful employment
- Failing to pay restitution to victims
- Failing to participate in or complete any educational or treatment programs
Probation keeps you out of jail or shortens your time in jail. If you violate the terms of your probation, you will be required to attend a probation revocation hearing with a judge. If the judge finds you guilty, he may revoke your probation and send you to jail for the maximum term allowable under the law.
Other consequences include changing the terms of your probation to make them more severe, such as extending the length of your probation, ordering counseling, ordering community service, ordering substance abuse treatment, or adding other additional terms. The least severe consequence would be the judge merely reinstating your probation with the same conditions as previously ordered.