San Diego Probation Violation Lawyer

Did you violate probation? We can help!

A criminal defendant's sentence may include probation. During probation the defendant is allowed to be in the community but must stay out of trouble. During this time, which is typically three years, the defendant is required to follow certain rules, perform certain tasks and may have to report regularly to a probation officer.

Failure to comply with these requirements can result in a probation violations hearing where the defendant is sent to prison or given new burdensome requirements. If you or a family member have been charged with probation violations, it is essential that you contact a San Diego criminal attorney for aggressive defense.

The Legal Process for Probation Violations

Common requirements of probation include community service, restitution, counseling, drug testing and reporting to the probation worker. A defendant may be required to observe a curfew and avoid certain parts of town. Most importantly he is to not commit any more crimes or be found in the possession of drugs or weapons. If the defendant fails to comply, the defendant may be cited for probation violations and required to appear at a court hearing and account for himself.

At the hearing, the prosecution must prove the violation by a preponderance of the evidence, not the guilty beyond a reasonable doubt standard of the original criminal offense. Upon determination of a probation violation, the court may revoke the probation and send the violator to jail. Alternatively the court may make probation requirements more restrictive or assess additional penalties such as more community service.

Get Skilled Advocacy for Your Hearing in San Diego

We are The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC, a criminal law firm serving the San Diego, California area. We offer aggressive defense of probation violations and have successfully helped many clients charged with probation violations to avoid revocation of probation or more onerous probation requirements and penalties.

Our commitment to our clients is to provide friendly, respectful service and loyal, tenacious defense of their rights. Contact our San Diego criminal defense lawyer for vigorous defense if you are charged with a probation violation.