What is Probation?
Probation is a sentencing result which allows the offender to avoid jail time. Instead of confinement, the person is able to resume their normal activities, such as attending school or going to work. Probation periods typically last from 1-5 years.
However, in exchange for staying out of jail, the person will be required to adhere to a number of conditions, including attending regular meetings with a probation officer, abstaining from drugs and alcohol and being subjected to random drug/alcohol testing, limitations on traveling, and informing officials on any changes in employment or residence status.
What are the consequences of Violating Probation?
Depending on the severity of the violation and the underlying offense, disobeying probation terms can result in revocation of probation, monetary fines, jail time, or restitution. Other penalties may include attending mandatory rehabilitation programs or performing community service.
What are some defenses to a Probation Violation charge?
Defense to a probation violation will depend on which violation occurred. The court must find that the defendant has violated probation without a lawful excuse. For example, missing a scheduled meeting due to a valid emergency might be excused.
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of a probation violation, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.