Probation Violation

If you were convicted of a crime in the past but did not complete the terms of your probation, you are in danger of additional fines, jail, or even prison time. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect you.

I have nearly 20 years in criminal law in the Sacramento region, including past experience as a prosecutor. I can intervene immediately on your behalf by contacting the courts to schedule a hearing date and begin the negotiating process with the district attorney’s office. With my reputation and expertise, I will work to get the best resolution possible for your case.

Terms of ProbationWhen someone pleads no contest to a crime - or is found guilty at trial - the judge in the case specifies the terms of the sentence, including jail or prison time, fines, and probation.

Probation itself is divided into two categories: misdemeanor - also known as informal or summary - probation; and felony - or formal - probation.

Probation of either type can include restitution, work project, counseling, and community service, as well as other mandates, including but not limited to: not violating any other laws, not visiting specific locations or associating with certain people, and not consuming alcohol.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony ProbationMisdemeanor (or informal) probation usually does not require appearing in court at set intervals or meeting with a probation officer. Instead, the responsibility to abide by the terms of probation falls on the convicted person.

Felony (or formal) probation, in contrast, requires regular meetings with a probation officer, regular appearances in court, or some combination of the two. Where misdemeanor probation typically lasts one to three years, felony probation can last up to five years.

Violations of ProbationProblems arise when the terms of probation are violated. Examples of probation violations include arrest for a new offense, failure to complete counseling or community service, failure to pay restitution, or possession of illegal drugs or weapons. In some cases, the court will send notice by mail of a probation violation. In other cases, however, the court moves directly to issuing an arrest warrant.

Free and Confidential ConsultationFailure to abide by the terms of probation can have serious consequences, including jail or prison time. If the probation violation is legitimate, I will work to minimize the consequences. If a mistake has been made and the alleged violation is not legitimate, I will present evidence and arguments to document your case and defend your rights.

Probation violations do not go away on their own and are not forgotten by the courts. If you or someone you know has a violation of probation, call me now to begin the process of relieving this burden. Contact my office at (916) 442-1200 to discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation.