What Is Probation?
A probation is part of the sentencing process. It can have one of two objectives. It can allow you to stay out of jail, while still putting some limitations on your activities or it can make your jail sentence shorter, by letting you out a little early – but with conditions.
Some of these conditions may include the requirement that you stay out of trouble, or that you refrain from using drugs or alcohol.
What Happens If I Violate The Conditions Of My Probation?
You will have to attend a probation violation hearing before a judge. Depending on your violation, your probation might be restored on the same terms, the terms might be made more severe or, in some cases, your probation will be revoked and you will be going to jail.
What Will Happen At The Hearing?
At the hearing, a judge will hear your case. You can call witnesses to testify on your behalf (or testify yourself) and present any information that explains your behavior. You also have the right to examine any evidence against you.
One of the most important rights you have at a probation violation hearing in California is that you have the right to be represented by a criminal defense lawyer.
We can help you explain yourself in front of the judge. Often, you can avoid having a hearing at all and simply negotiate a deal with the judge to avoid jail time. Your probation violation need not be the end of the road.
Call Frias Law Firm at 714-418-5100 now to go over your case and figure out what we can do to help you keep moving forward with your life.