We can help with your probation violation in Los Angeles
Are you on summary probation for a misdemeanor and you:-
- Did not do what the Judge ordered you to do (for example, you did not pay a fine, or do Cal-Trans, community service, or your DUI alcohol class, etc.)?
- Or you did not go to your court date to see the Judge?
- Or did you get arrested for a new offense while you are on probation?
These are examples of probation violations which can result in warrants for your arrest – which means you may have to go in front of your sentencing judge and possibly face jail time for your probation violation.
Some things that can result in a Probation Violation include:
- Committing a new offense while you are on probation – any misdemeanor or felony arrest can constitute a probation violation
- Failing to show up for a court date to see the Judge to show proof of completion or progress with a court ordered obligation
- Not paying a fine as ordered by the Judge
- Not completing a DUI alcohol class or any other court ordered class or program
- Not carrying out any mandatory community service or community labor obligations
- Failing to report to Jail for any court ordered Jail time
- Failing to make court ordered restitution payments
- Not attending counseling when required to do so
- Not adhering to any other specific order given by the Judge
- Not completing all your probationary requirements by the date specified
- If placed on Felony probation and you fail to report to the probation office right after your sentence
- If placed on Felony probation and failing to report in to a probation officer or Kiosk regularly if required
- If placed on Felony probation and you fail to pay probation fees, court ordered fines or restitution payments
Probation violations can have serious consequences
If you are under probation, and do not meet your obligations as determined by the court, be aware that the court views probation violations as a very serious matter.
Depending upon the individual circumstances, the consequences may include:-
- Additional penalties
- Extension to the probationary period
- A warrant issued for your arrest
- And even time in jail
Probation Violation Attorney Los Angeles
If you committed a probation violation and there is a warrant for your arrest
Please call us for a free legal consultation to discuss your probation violation and the warrant for your arrest.
- We can look into your case for you if your case is out of a courthouse in Los Angeles County and discuss ways to help you and protect you from going to jail.
- Sometimes we can go to court for you so you do not have to appear at all to help clear up a misdemeanor probation violation.
- Do you now live out of state and have a warrant for your arrest for a probation violation? We can help you and in some cases clear up the warrant without you having to come back to Los Angeles County.
- We have an excellent track record in obtaining alternatives to Los Angeles County Jail for probation violations
Misdemeanor Summary Probation in Los Angeles County
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Los Angeles County the Judge will most likely place you on Summary Probation for one to three years. Summary probation means you are on unsupervised probation – you do not have to report to the probation office or a probation officer and, unless the Judge says otherwise, you are free to move about and travel as you wish.
Under Summary Probation, you normally only have to report to the Judge or the criminal clerk office on court ordered dates to show proof that you have completed your sentence such as serving time in jail, paying your fine or completing a class or performing community service or community labor.
If you fail to do what the Judge ordered you to do such as not finishing your DUI alcohol program or pay your fine or do your Cal-Trans, community service or community labor by the due date you have committed a probation violation. If you miss a court ordered court date, you face both a warrant for your arrest and a probation violation. When you violate the terms of your probation, the Judge has the power to impose additional punishment on you, including a jail sentence.
While on summary probation you must obey all laws. If you are on summary probation for a misdemeanor and you get arrested for a new crime you have committed a probation violation and face jail time for violating your probation.
For example, if you are convicted of a first time misdemeanor DUI in Los Angeles, the Judge will place you on 3 years or 36 months of summary probation and normally order you to do a long list of things such as pay a fine, complete an alcohol program, do not drive with any measurable amount of alcohol, and obey all laws. While you are on your summary probation, the worst thing you can do is commit the same violation you were convicted of, so if you are on probation for a DUI and you get arrested for another DUI, you have committed a probation violation and face up to 6 months in jail for your probation violation. Six months is the maximum punishment for a first time DUI and when you violate your probation for your first time DUI you give the Judge the power to impose a jail sentence up to 6 months long.
Felony Formal Probation in Los Angeles County
If you are convicted of a Felony you might be placed on Formal Probation by the Judge. This means you will be under felony adult supervision by the Los Angeles County Probation Department who will closely monitor you while you are on probation. Oftentimes you will have to regularly report to a probation officer.
If you are convicted of a Felony and placed on Formal Probation, the Judge will most likely order you to also pay various fines and fees. The probation office monitors court ordered fines and fees to make sure that any court ordered victim restitution, fine, fees, and costs of probation are paid.
If you are placed on Felony Probation you must do everything the Judge orders you to do and you must not break any laws while you are on probation. If you fail to do what the Judge ordered you to do or you get arrested for a new offense while on probation you have committed a probation violation. If you violate your probation, the Judge potentially has the power to sentence you to prison or the Los Angeles county jail for your probation violation depending on the underlying offense. You are entitled to a probation violation hearing in front of a Judge but there is no right to a jury in a probation violation hearing and the Judge will ultimately decide your punishment for any probation violations.