Conditions of Probation in California
Common stipulations of probation can include:
- Random Drug Testing
- Employment Requirements
- Payment of Restitution
- Avoiding Contact with the Victim
- Avoiding Contact with co-defendants
- Not associating with Convicted Felons
- Attending Educational or Mandated Programs
- Paying Fines and Court Costs
- Frequent Appointments with Probation Officer
Probation violations pose a serious threat to a defendant's freedom and can lead to jail time, fines, additional probation requirements and added probation time. Instead of jail or prison time, a judge may order probation for either misdemeanor or criminal offenses.
Consequences of Violating Probation
As part of your probation order, the judge may impose any number of restrictions; violating those terms can have serious consequences. Not only can you be sentenced and jailed in connection with the violations (drug possession, assault, etc.) but you may also be sentenced to serve time on the original charge.
Attorney Daniel Kann has represented hundreds of clients facing probation violation hearings throughout the Los Angeles area, including Ventura, Orange, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
A defendant does not even need to commit a crime to face a probation violation; failure to report to your probation officer or violating a set curfew can be enough to result in a significant jail sentence.
Assistance with Structuring Your Probation
While a qualified attorney can help structure probation in a way that assists clients successfully adhere to conditions, hiring an attorney is critical once you are alleged to have committed a probation violation. Many clients are surprised to learn that defendants have spent years on probation, or even in jail or prison, because of probation violations after being sentenced to probation on a relatively minor charge.
In fact, it is not at all uncommon for defendants experienced with the criminal justice system to choose a period of jail time rather than attempt to successfully complete a lengthy probation period.
By agreeing to probation, you are giving up a substantial amount of freedom, agreeing to drug testing and restitution payment plans, and even giving up your right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure – probation officers can be authorized to conduct unwarranted searches of your home, car or person, anytime, day or night, and may even visit you at work.
Once you are on probation, you are turning your future over to the criminal justice system. Sometimes clients face unreasonable demands or outright harassment by probation officers or department employees.
Get Help with Your Probation Issues Today
At The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann, we understand the challenges clients face in complying with terms of probation and will aggressively defend your rights. We may even be able to help modify the terms of your probation or take other steps to help you remain free and avoid further violations until you can free yourself from the restrictions of probation.
If you have been accused of a probation violation or are facing a probation violation hearing in the Los Angeles area, contact The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights.