Probation Violation Attorney in Los Angeles County
We Serve Santa Clarita, Glendale, Burbank & Surrounding Areas
Were you arrested for a probation violation? You need a criminal defense
lawyer with the aggressive, proven techniques and experience to stand
up for your rights. If law enforcement believes that you failed to comply
with the terms of your probation, you could be arrested and face serious
legal penalties. Alan Kessler, A Law Corporation defends people accused
of violating their probation in the Los Angeles County, including Burbank
and Glendale, as well as in Santa Clarita.
Probation Violation Hearings
The California legal system uses probation violation hearings instead of
trials to determine whether or not an individual actually violated the
terms of his or her probation. Unlike a trial, these hearings are handled
by a judge instead of a jury.
If convicted, you could face the following consequences:
The judge may choose to
reinstate the terms of your probation
The judge could
modify your probation with additional penalties
The judge could
revoke your probation and sentence you to incarceration
Your Rights During a Probation Violation Hearing
During a probation violation hearing in California, you have the right
to legal representation. A skilled defense attorney can give you a better
chance of obtaining a favorable outcome. You also have the right to use
witnesses, the right to testify, and the right to cross-examine witnesses.
Additionally, your lawyer can present evidence to show extenuating or
mitigating circumstances, including any situation that made it impossible
for you to comply with the terms of your probation.
Do I need an attorney for a probation violation hearing?
The burden of proof in a probation violation hearing is different than
in a jury trial. Instead of the prosecution having to establish your guilt
"beyond a reasonable doubt," the judge only needs to see that
you "more likely than not" committed the offense. Because of
this distinct difference in criteria, it is imperative that you work with
a skilled defense lawyer.
Call Alan Kessler, A Law Corporation
and ask about our free case evaluations to see what our firm can do for