When a person violates the conditions of his or her misdemeanor probation or felony probation, he or she is required to attend a probation violation hearing before a judge. This is also known as a probation revocation hearing.
Probation is a system of sentencing that a judge may impose on a person as a substitute for jail time, in which the person is supervised by a probation officer and is obligated to fulfill the requirements imposed upon him or her. If the person fails to meet these requirements, which include such things as failing to pay a fine, failing to appear in court, failing to comply with a court order, committing a new crime while on probation, or failing to submit to drug testing, the person may be called to appear at a probation violation hearing.
Depending on the circumstances, the judge presiding over the hearing has the option to do one or more of the following things: reinstate the probation under the same terms and conditions, change the terms and conditions of the probation to make them stricter, or revoke the person’s probation and send him or her to jail.
If you have been charged with a probation violation, do not face your hearing alone. Contact the law office of H. Charles Gorian. We have years of experience in dealing with these matters and we know the California laws that affect your situation. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
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