Penalties in California for Violation of Probation

Probation is a penalty imposed on a convicted offender that uses various means of court supervision instead of jail time.  Probation is a better alternative to prison or jail time, but those who fail to respect the rules will face dire penalties.  The penalties you will face depend upon a number of different aspects, but are largely affected by whether your probation is formal or informal.  If you violate probation, either by failing to perform conditions of probation, or by picking up a new arrest, you have a right to a formal hearing before a judge.  You do not have a right to a jury trial because you already pleaded guilty in order to be put on probation.  In a probation violation hearing, you have a right to be represented by a lawyer.  We recommend that you select a reputable lawyer who has experience in probation violations and bench warrants.

probation_violations-optimizedMain penalties of probation violations involve:

  • Revoking your probation and sending you to a jail or prison to serve the remaining years of your sentence.
  • Modifying the terms of your probation to make them more severe.
  • Reinstating your probation without modifying your current terms and conditions.

Also, violating the terms of probation will end up with financial repercussions.  Probation violation bail amounts can vary greatly by situation and location – California permits each county to set forth their own bail amounts.  In Los Angeles County, a person will face a $10,000 bail amount for violating the terms of their probation, while in Orange County, the amount is $15,000 for misdemeanors.  On the other hand, in Sacramento County, a person rearrested for violating felony probation will cost $20,000 for bail and a violation of misdemeanor probation in the same county is $10,000 for bail.

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