Santa Monica Criminal Defense Lawyer: Probation Violation
Did you violate your probation?
The state of California does not tolerate the violation of probation, as the courts consider the granting of probation an act of good faith. If one is charged with violating their probation, the offender could face the original punishment they could have received for the crime they were convicted for. Even if the individual did not commit the underlying crime, he or she will be sentenced only in accordance to whether or not the probation was violated. The individual is no longer judged by a jury, but solely by the judge, as the offender violated the direct orders of the court. The person risks the revocation of their probation and possible jail time or state prison instead. Contrarily to having to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the prosecution is only required to prove that the probation was violated by the prevalence of evidence. This implies that only an experienced team of knowledgeable attorneys can effectively defend you in court.
A Santa Monica criminal defense lawyer at Lessem & Newstat can help protect your rights to avoid further punishment. Our experience in probation violation and criminal defense cases has afforded us the highest Better Business Bureau rating of A+. We will do everything we can to provide you with a strong defense.
Contact a Santa Monica criminal defense attorney if you were charged for violating your probation.
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Our years of experience with probation violation cases has given us the ability to defend any alleged failure to respect the terms and conditions of a probation. Probation can be violated in various ways:
- Failure to pay fines or restitution
- Failure to report to a probation officer
- Failure to complete rehabilitation program or community service
- Failure to appear in court
- Charged with another crime while on probation
If convicted of having violated the probation in any way, the judge may decide to punish you with the following penalties:
- Community service
- Extended probation time
- Increased severity of terms and conditions of first probation
- Revocation of probation in favor of harsher punishment
- Counseling, rehabilitation or the extension of court-ordered counseling or rehabilitation
- Jail time
- Incarceration in state prison
Considering the nature of this type of violation, it becomes crucial to devise a firm defense to convince the judge of good behavior. Our team of lawyers will diligently and skillfully approach your case to defend your rights and freedom.