Probation Violations Can Lead To More Legal Problems

When it comes to criminal sentencing, probation is always preferable to jail time. But while living in your own home, seeing your friends and family, and going to work, it can be easy to forget occasionally that you don't yet have the full freedom you enjoyed before your conviction. These momentary lapses can lead to probation violations that extend the period of probation or even lead to a harsher sentence such as massive fines or time in prison.

To avoid this escalation, it's crucial to work with a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer. If you have violated probation, the Law Office of Scott C. Thomas can help you minimize the impact of this slip-up on your sentence so that you can complete your probation as soon as possible.

Probation Requires You To Tread Very Carefully

There are many ways to violate probation. Some of the most common include:

  • Committing a new legal violation while on probation
  • Possession of illegal drugs or weapons
  • Violating a restraining order
  • Failing to comply with court-ordered programs such as rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, drug abuse, anger management or domestic violence
  • Failure to report changes in address or phone number
  • Failure to report a change in employment
  • Failure to pay fines
  • Missing a scheduled meeting with your probation officer
  • Leaving the state of California without approval from your probation officer

Minimize The Impact Of A Probation Violation, With A Lawyer's Help

Violating your probation is risky, but it does not have to be a catastrophe. The first step in responding to new charges is contact an attorney and learn more about your options. To schedule an appointment with attorney Scott C. Thomas, call his Santa Ana office at 949-945-2085 or send him an email.