When an individual has been convicted of a criminal offense, they are often put on probation as part of their sentence. This can occur in both misdemeanor and felony offenses. Misdemeanor or “informal” probation does not involve oversight by a probation officer. Felony or “formal” probation is overseen by a probation office. Terms of probation can include classes, community service, drug testing and jail time.
An alleged probation violation is an extremely serious matter. A person with an alleged probation violation, even for a minor reason, can be picked up by law enforcement at any time and put directly into jail awaiting a probation violation hearing. The prosecutor will likely try to find you in violation and increase your original sentence. It is therefore critical that anyone facing a probation violation have a skilled Van Nuys probation violation criminal defense lawyer.
If you are aware that you have been charged with a probation violation, Schwartz & Weinrieb will fight to keep you out of jail, and will vigorously challenge the alleged probation violation. Because each case is different, your particular situation must be reviewed to determine best to challenge the alleged probation violation.
If you or a loved one is faced with a probation violation, contact a Van Nuys criminal attorney from Schwartz & Weinrieb today at (818) 888-2711.