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Over the course of the past 25 years I have represented my clients in hundreds of probation violation situations in all of the 40 courthouses in Los Angeles. There are many different scenarios in which a probation violation can manifest itself and a seasoned attorney will know which strategy to employ, based on what the circumstances of the violation are.

Sometimes a person has an internal violation, where that violated one of the terms and conditions of their probation. For example, if they were ordered to do10 days of cal trans by a certain date and failed to finish on time, this would technically be an internal violation that could subject them to the highest sentence available to the judge based on what they pled guilty or no contest to.

On the other hand, if someone on probation where to pick up a new offense while on probation, this would be considered an external probation violation and would once again subject them to the highest term available to the judge based on what they pled to. The simple answer to what you can do if you have a probation violation pending is to consult and hire an attorney who is local to the court your case is pending and has the experience and reputation with the judge and prosecutor to get you the best possible result.


In order to find someone guilty of a probation violation, there is a hearing held in front of the judge that sentenced the defendant and put them on probation in the first place. Witnesses are called and can testify to what the probationer did or did not do to violate their probation. Many times it is as simple as calling the person's probation officer to the stand in order to establish the violation.

The violation must be proven by at least 51% and the judge, not a jury, gets to decide. As indicated above, the violation can be based on a host of different actions or inactions by the defendant. It can be because the person failed to report to the probation department as directed or because they failed to obey a law.

When it comes to defending a probation violation, you want an attorney who can speak the judge's language and knows what to say to get you another chance or at least a slap on the wrist versus a prison sentence. When I meet with clients related to probation violation hearings, we discuss all of the probabilities and we decide on a strategy with the judge that makes sense for their circumstancs and that is likely to get them the best result.

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If you or a loved one has violated a better find an attorney who knows and understands the courthouse and judge you are dealing with. I encourage you to call us and set up a free face to face consulation and we will design a plan to keep you out of jail. If you violate your probation a judge will decide what your punishment is for the violation.

Probation is your opportunity to show the court and the prosecutor that you can abide by the rules and not get in trouble again. If you break a law then you violate your probation (this is called an external probation violation). If you do not do what you were ordered to do by the court at the time of your sentencing then this will be considered a probation violation (this is called an internal probation violation) and you subject yourself to jail or even prison. There are numerous ways to convince the court that you do not deserve to go to jail when you violate probation. The key is to find an attorney who know how to deal with probation violations in a specific courthouse. That is where we come us at (818) 986-2092 and will will meet with you free of charge and talk about a resolution to your particular problem.

Probation Violation Hearing

When a person fails to adhere to the conditions surrounding his/her probation, he/she can be charged with probation violation. Once a person is charged with probation violation, he/she may be arrested, or ordered to go to court for a Probation Violation Hearing. During the hearing, the judge will listen to arguments from the prosecutor, who must prove that probation violation occurred.

If the person is found guilty of probation violation, he/she may be subject to enhanced legal penalties, such as being sent to jail. Probation violations can lead to jail sentences, lengthier probation periods, revoked probation, community service, fines, or further court ordered counseling.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys

Due to the legal penalties involved, it is always advisable that any person who is charged with probation violation speak with a reputable criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney can represent the person during his/her Probation Violation Hearing, and in some cases, negotiate with prosecutors to have probation violation charges dropped.

The Hedding Law Firm has represented a variety of clients that have been charged with probation violation. At the Hedding Law Firm, we know that the key to successfully fighting your probation violation charges is an aggressive defense. If you have been charged with probation violation, call our Law Firm today at (818) 986-2092 to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys!

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