Probation Violation LA
For a Probation Violation in Los Angeles, We Can Help
If you are on summary probation for a misdemeanor and do any of the following, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. In this case, you might have to go before a sentencing judge and possibly face jail time for a probation violation.
- You did not follow the judge’s order (pay a fine, attend a DUI class, complete community service, do Cal-Trans)
- You did not show up in court to go before a judge
- You were arrested for a new offense while on probation
Probation Violations Can Result from the Following
- Committing a new offense while on probation (a misdemeanor or felony arrest can constitute a probation violation)
- Failing to appear before a judge in court on the scheduled date to provide proof of progress or completion of a court-ordered obligation
- Failing to pay a fine as ordered by the judge
- Not completing a DUI class or other court-ordered class or program
- Not carrying out mandatory community service or community labor obligations
- Failing to report to jail as ordered by the court
- Failing to make restitution payments as ordered by the court
- Not attending counseling as required
- Not completing all probationary requirements by the specified date
- Failing to report to the probation office immediately after your sentence if placed on felony probation
- Failing to report to a probation officer or kiosk on a regular basis as required if placed on felony probation
- Failing to pay probation fees, court-ordered fines, or restitution payments if placed on felony probation
- Not adhering to any other specific order handed down by the judge
Probation Violations Can Have Major Consequences
If you are on probation but do not meet your obligations as determined by a court of law, be forewarned that the court considers probation violations a very serious issue.
Depending on your circumstances, consequences may include the following:
- Extension of the probationary period
- Additional penalties
- Arrest warrant issued
- Jail time
Probation Violation Attorney in Los Angeles County
If you have committed a probation violation and a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you need to contact us immediately at 844-999-9987 for a free legal consultation.
- We will look into the facts of your case if it is out of a Los Angeles County courthouse and then discuss different ways to help and protect you so that no jail time is served.
- In some instances, we can attend court on your behalf for a misdemeanor probation violation.
- If you live out of state and have a warrant for your arrest for a probation violation in Los Angeles County, there are times that we can clear the warrant issue up without the need for you to return to California.
- We have a solid record in obtaining alternatives to jail in Los Angeles County for probation violations.
Misdemeanor Summary Probation in Los Angeles County
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor in Los Angeles County, more than likely the judge will place you on a summary probation for a period of one to three years. This means that you are on unsupervised probation and, as such, are not required to report to a probation office or probation officer. In addition, unless the judge says otherwise, you are free to move about and travel at will.
With a summary probation, you would normally only report to the judge or the criminal clerk’s office on court-ordered dates to show proof that you have completed your sentence (serving jail time, paying a fine, performing community service or community labor, or completing an ordered class).
If you fail to follow the orders of the judge, such as not finishing a DUI program, paying a fine, doing your Cal-Trans, or completing community service by the due date, you have committed a probation violation. If you miss a court date, a warrant for your arrest may be issued and your probation is violated. When the terms of your probation are violated, the judge has the power to impose additional punishment, including jail time.
While you are on summary probation, all laws must be obeyed. If you are on summary probation for a misdemeanor but you are arrested for a new offense, you could face jail time.
As an example, if your first conviction was a misdemeanor for a DUI in Los Angeles County, the judge will likely place you on a three-year (36-month) summary probation. As part of this, you will be ordered to pay a fine, complete a DUI program, and not drive while having any measurable alcohol in your system. You are also required to obey all laws.
While on summary probation, the worst possible scenario involves you committing the same violation you were initially convicted of. In other words, if you were on probation for a DUI and you get arrested for a second DUI, you have violated your probation and, therefore, face up to six months in jail.
The maximum punishment for a first-time DUI in Los Angeles County is six months. However, if you violate your probation with a second DUI, the judge has the power to sentence you to jail for an additional six months.
Felony Formal Probation in Los Angeles County
If convicted of a felony, the judge could place you on formal probation. You would be under felony adult supervision by the LA County Probation Department. The department’s job is to monitor you closely while on probation. Often, you will be required to report to a probation officer on a regular basis.
If you are placed on formal probation, more than likely the judge will order you to pay various fines and fees, which are monitored by the probation office to make sure that any court-ordered victim restitution, probation costs, fines, and fees are paid accordingly.
When on felony probation, you are mandated to follow all of the judge’s orders and not break any laws. If you fail to do what the judge ordered or you get arrested for a new offense, you have committed a probation violation.
If your probation is violated, the judge could potentially sentence you to the Los Angeles County jail or impose prison time, depending on the underlying offense. In this case, you are entitled to a probation violation hearing before a judge. Instead of having the right to a jury, the judge will decide your punishment for violating probation.