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Probation Violations

Probation Violation Attorney in Orange County

Probation Violation Attorney in Orange CountyIf you were convicted of a crime in the past but did not complete the terms of your probation, you are in danger of additional fines, jail, or even prison time. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect you from the harshness of the “system.” The system takes violating their rules seriously – often harshly to make an example for others.

Orange County Probation Violation Attorney

Mr. Bruggeman can intervene immediately on your behalf by contacting the courts to schedule a hearing date and begin the negotiating process with the district attorney’s office on your behalf. With his valuable reputation and expertise with the local courts and prosecutors, he can work to get you the best resolution possible for your case.

Typical Terms of Probation

When a defendant pleads no contest to a crime – or when he or she is found guilty at trial – the judge in the case specifies the terms of the sentence, including and jail or prison time, fines, and oftentimes probation.

Misdemeanor Probation is sometimes known as “informal-probation” or “summary-probation,” while Felony Probation is consider “formal-probation.”

Misdemeanor Probation or Felony Probation can include restitution, work project, counseling, and community service, and comes with certain requirements, including but not limited to: not violating any other laws, not visiting specific locations or associating with certain people, and not consuming alcohol.

Misdemeanor Probation vs. Felony Probation

Misdemeanor (or informal) probation – usually does not require appearing in court at set intervals or meeting with a probation officer. Instead, the responsibility to abide by the terms of probation falls on the convicted person.

Felony (or formal) probation – requires scheduled meetings with a probation officer, scheduled appearances in court, or some combination of the two. Misdemeanor probation typically lasts one to three years, whereas felony probation can last up to five years.

Violation of Probation

For most people on probation, problems arise when the terms of probation of the probation are violated. Examples of probation violations include arrest for a new offense, failure to complete community service or required counseling, failure to pay restitution, or possession of illegal drugs or weapons. In minor cases, the court will send notice by mail of a probation violation. In more serious cases, the court acts swiftly and harshly issuing an arrest warrant.

No Cost Confidential Consultation

Failure to abide by the terms of probation can have serious consequences, including fines, jail or prison time. If the probation violation is legitimate, Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Bruggeman will work to minimize the consequences. If a mistake has been made and the alleged violation is not legitimate, we will present evidence and arguments to document your case and defend your rights.

Be Careful! – Probation violations do not simply “go away” on their own accord nor are they forgotten by the courts. If you or a loved-one has a violation of probation, call to speak personally and confidentially with Orange County Attorney Michael Bruggeman to begin the process of relieving this worrisome burden.