DUI convictions usually result in probation. The term of probation can be extended if there are aggravating factors such as a hit and run, or if injuries as a result of an accident.
Probation violations are serious and result in jail time. It is essential that you understand your probation. Mistakes do happen; not everyone has the benefit of having their probation explained to them by their legal counsel. One of the reasons many people violate probation is that they do not fully understand the terms or they simply make a mistake in judgment. Your probation terms can be explained carefully by Los Angeles DUI attorney Jonathan Franklin.
Considering the serious potential for jail time or other legal problems as the result of a probation violation, it is critical that you hire legal counsel in an effort to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.
Common probation violations in California:
- Failure to pay a fine
- Failure to appear in court as directed
- Failure to complete mandatory community service
- Failure to complete rehabilitation requirements and
- Failure to pay victim restitution
There can be travel restrictions, and for DUI convictions there can be a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving.
These are serious violations that can cause your probation to be revoked by the Court. If for any reason you find yourself charged with a violation of probation or have difficulty fulfilling any of the Court ordered requirements that were issued as a part of your conditions of probation, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
There are also other behaviors which can cause you to violate your probation:
- Failure to stay away from specific locations or people
- Use of illegal drugs or weapons
- Committing or being arrested for any other crime
- Failure to report to your Probation Officer
Consequences of a Probation Violation
If you do violate probation, a Court appearance will be ordered. If you haven’t already, it is very important that you contact a reputable attorney. Former prosecutor Jonathan Franklin is familiar with the Court system and can help mitigate the effects of a probation violation.
Call the Law Offices of Jonathan Franklin at 310.273.9600 as soon as possible to protect your rights and get the experienced, aggressive legal help you need.