Countless Orange County residents have been given a second chance at a better life through probation. But that can be taken away when a person is accused of violating the terms of his or her probation. Call defense lawyer David A. Stein right away to receive a no-cost consultation and begin defending your rights as soon as possible.
You may be thinking: “I didn’t do anything wrong. Why do I need an attorney?“
No matter how you came to this situation, the fact remains you have been accused of violating your probation. You very well could have been at the wrong place and wrong time. If you are convicted of violating your probation, you may be subjected to the full scope of penalties that you initially avoided. With such high stakes, can you afford not to speak with a qualified defense attorney?
Call defense lawyer David A. Stein today to receive a no-cost consultation and begin defending your rights as soon as possible. The team at the Law Offices of David A. Stein can be reached at (949) 445-0040.
How Did I Violate My Probation?
Your probation will be based on the alleged crimes that you were charged with committing. If you have been accused of violating your probation, it is vital that you understand the specific guidelines that you must abide by in order to avoid prison time and other punishments. California courts will usually levy one or more of the following terms and penalties against you, to which you MUST adhere:
- Fines: Often, monetary penalties will be imposed by the courts. These will often be used to pay for various programs or to support organizations connected to the crime in question, such as DUI programs and domestic violence support systems. Additionally, defendants may be ordered to pay restitution to the victims of the alleged crimes. In the event of failing to pay either of these, you may be found in violation of probation terms.
- Probation Meetings: Probationary terms will often include specific court dates or probation officer meetings. These are meant to check in on the progress of a defendant and make sure that all guidelines are being kept. Failure to meet with probation officers or appear in court at scheduled dates can also be counted as probation violation.
- Crimes: Being convicted of committing a crime while on probation will also revoke a person’s probation. As such, the penalties that were avoided during the original conviction can be added onto whatever punishments are applied for the latest conviction. Additionally, it is unlikely that you will receive probation for the latest conviction.
Other requirements of probation, such as mandatory drug testing, community services, and attendance in rehabilitation or education programs will need to be fulfilled throughout the term. If these are not completed by the end, or during various checkpoints, probation may be revoked.
How Can I Protect My Probation?
In order to lose the terms of your probation, you must be first found guilty of violating them. This is established during a probation hearing. Through the help of an attorney, you can challenge the presumption of guilt and the claims made by probation officers.
But you will need to be aware of what you have been accused of doing and why that action violates the terms of your probation. You may have been unaware of some of the stipulations concerning your freedom and accidentally violated the terms. Additionally, you may have not received notice of scheduled court hearings or probation officer meetings, causing you to miss them.
Keep Calm, Keep Your Freedom
It is natural to be worried or even panicked if you are accused of violating your probation. But remember this: you have options and we can help. Call the Law Offices of David A. Stein today for a no-cost consultation that gives you more information about the charges you face and the rights you have. No matter what difficulties you may currently be experiencing, we will help you ensure a better future through a tenacious defense that is tailored to your unique circumstances.