Defense Lawyer Handles Probation Violations in Los Angeles County

Aggressive representation when you are accused of violating probation

With more than 5,800 employees, 50 offices and a $630 million budget, Los Angeles County has the largest probation department in the world. More than 52,600 residents of Los Angeles County are on probation, with another 31,800 on parole. That’s a total of more than 0.8 percent of the county’s population.

Probation is an alternative to a jail or prison sentence, and it comes with strings attached. If you violate the terms of your probation, you will be arrested and jailed until you get a probation revocation hearing. You may end up in jail for many months before you get a hearing date. When you are being held for a probation violation, you have no constitutional right to a speedy trial. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, our experienced probation violations attorney works hard to speed up the process and win your release from jail.

The terms of probation are usually burdensome

When you are sentenced to probation, you give up many rights in exchange for not being incarcerated. One such right is freedom from searches. When you are on probation, the authorities can search you, your home and your car with no warning, at any time of the day or night. You also may be required to stay drug- and alcohol-free and to attend substance abuse or anger management classes.

You may be required to meet with your probation officer as often as once a week, at least until you demonstrate that you intend to abide by the terms of your probation. If you are arrested for any crime during your probation, the state is highly likely to seek to have your probation terminated. With so many onerous requirements, probation is easy to violate. If you are arrested for a probation violation, you should immediately contact an experienced probation violations attorney at the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi.

Does probation ever end?

In California, the most common length of probation is three years, though it can be longer. After you have successfully served two years of your probation, you can petition the court to have your probation terminated. An experienced criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi helps you make your case for early termination of your probation.

How is probation different from parole?

Parole is the process that allows those who have been convicted and imprisoned to be released before the end of their prison sentences. When you are on parole, you are still under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Just as with probation, parole comes with a long list of restrictions on your freedom, including:

  • You can be searched at any time
  • You must live within the county limits
  • If you are a sex offender, you must register with local authorities
  • You may subject to offense-specific conditions, such as not associating with gang members

Parole violation penalties

If you are accused of violating your parole order, a deputy commissioner of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will determine whether you should be sent back to prison and, if so, for how long. Common parole violations include:

  • Committing a new crime
  • Possessing a weapon
  • Failing to meet curfew
  • Absconding
  • Failure to take mandatory drug tests
Passionately defending L.A. clients for 10 years

If you have been accused of violating your probation or parole, the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi is ready to fight for you. To schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer at our firm, contact us by phone at (310) 894-8548 or contact us online. We promptly return phone calls and emails. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in West Los Angeles, and within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Westwood. We have flexible office hours, and we will visit you or your loved one in jail to discuss your case.