Orange County Probation Violation Attorney
What is probation?
Probation is the suspension of a jail sentence, granted by a judge to a
defendant who the judge feels is capable of serving out a jail or prison
sentence at home. Probation in the state of California can be either formal
or informal, and may depend on the judgments or sentencing given.
Understanding Probation Terms
Formal probation requires a defendant to register with the Adult Probation Department of
Orange County, and then the defendant will be assigned a probation officer
who will supervise the probationary term.
Informal probation, on the other hand, does not require registration or supervision. Instead,
the main condition is that you must obey all laws during the term of your
Probation should be viewed as a privilege and not a right, because many
defendants in criminal cases are not given the option of probation. If
you have been granted probation, you are required to behave according
to those terms. Otherwise, a judge can rule to revoke probation during
In addition to following the law, the terms of your probation could include:
- Mandatory weekly meetings with a probation officer
- Requirement that you remain free of drugs and alcohol
If you violate your probation, you will be arrested and detained until
a probation revocation hearing is scheduled. Obtaining probation means
that you give up your right to a jury trial and the right to a speedy
trial. Instead, you may be held in jail for months until your violation hearing.
The following are some of the most common ways that probation is violated:
- Failing a drug or alcohol test or refusing to submit to these tests
- Failing to pay a fine or court fee
- Failing to appear in court or check in with the probation officer
- Failing to comply with a court order
- Committing another criminal offense
- Failing to complete mandatory community service hours
If you have violated any of the rules of your probation, you should take
action immediately and call an
Orange County criminal defense attorney who knows how to protect your rights.
How Will You Know If You Have Violated Your Probation?
As soon as the judge finds out that you have violated your probation, he
or she will issue a bench warrant for your arrest. There are several ways
to discover that a probation violation has been filed against you.
1. You may receive a letter from the Orange County Clerk's Office advising
you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest and you need to appear
in court, or you may receive a warrant delivered by an Orange County Sheriff
at your home or work.
2. In other situations, your probation officer may arrest you when you
report to your check-in, or you may be arrested if you are stopped for
a vehicle code violation.
Contact Attorney Jacqueline Goodman in Orange County
Probation can place heavy demands on your lifestyle, and many defendants
have problems conforming to these strict demands, which can last for months
or years at a time. Probation cases in California typically last three
years, but longer terms are possible as well.
If you successfully complete your program requirements, you may be able
to petition for your probation to be terminated after two years. If you violate your probation, however, you may be at risk of even greater
Violation of your probation is a serious matter that should be treated
as such, and you need the best criminal defense lawyer on your side. At
the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we are prepared to defend your
rights today and we have the experience and resources you need to achieve
the best outcome possible.
Call today and
schedule a consultation to discuss your current situation and your legal options with our Orange
County criminal lawyer.