Orange County Criminal Lawyers
Probation Violation in Anaheim
Probation is administered to someone after they have been charged with a crime. They are regulated by a probation officer to ensure that they are taking the necessary steps to not be a danger to themselves or to their communities, which they are now allowed to be a part of, thanks to them being put on probation. Being put on probation in Anaheim, as well as in the rest of California, should not be taken for granted, due to the fact that many people are deemed unfit for probation and do not even have the choice of reentering their communities because of their crimes. For instance, crimes that are especially severe or violent usually do not get probation. Even with some drug charges do people not get the chance to be put on probation. Usually, when someone is put on probation, they may have to pay certain fines, report to their probation officers, or take drug tests. If the terms of one’s probation are not respected, then the possibility of going back to jail or having harsher penalties are brought up. The purpose of probation is to reform the behavior of a past criminal and make an attempt to alter them for the betterment of themselves and those around them.
A probation violation occurs when a person breaks the terms of probation set by a judge in a California criminal case. The probation requirements that are most commonly violated include:
- Not paying a mandatory restitution fine
- Missing out on: prescribed community service, group therapy, or a prescribed program like Alcoholics Anonymous
- Making contact with a victim or witness you have been ordered not to contact
- Committing a DUI offense
- Refusing a search when one of the conditions for probation is accepting to be randomly searched by police
- Violating an order not to break any additional laws and so on.
- Generally, after a probation officer (PO) notices a probation violation, he/she will either give you a warning or make the report of the violation to the court and require you to appear before the court.
- A probation hearing will then be scheduled where a judge will hear arguments and decide whether you have violated your terms of probation.
- If you are found to be guilty of violating probation, you will then be punished accordingly.
Our goal is to make sure you aren’t found guilty of a probation violation in the first place.Punishment for Probation Violations
Violating probation could easily result in serious penalties including extended jail time, extended probation terms, heavy fines and so on. The severity of the punishment for a probation violation will depend on several factors, some of which include:
- The gravity and nature of the violation,
- Extenuating circumstances for the probation violation,
- Previous probation violations
If you are accused of violating probation, it is important to have the best defense attorney represent you during the probation hearing.
Call Johnson Criminal Law Group now if you are being accused of a probation violation. We will evaluate your case and present you with options that are in your best interest.