What Happens if You Violate Probation in California?

What Happens if You Violate Probation in California?

Probation Violations
Probation is often offered to defendants throughout California as an alternative punishment to time in jail or prison. As a more lenient form of punishment, defendants are expected to understand that probation is a privilege, not a right, and therefore must uphold the terms of their probation. Whether you are performing informal or formal probation, there are consequences, sometimes severe, for probation violations. Informal vs. Formal Probation There are two types of probation that can be assigned to a defendant, depending on the severity of his/her crime, including informal and formal probation. Informal probation is unsupervised and only requires periodic court appearances to let the judge know about the progress of the probation. Informal probation is generally granted to people who have committed non-violent misdemeanors. Alternately, formal probation requires registry…
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Sex Crimes 101: Which Crimes Require Registration as a Sex Offender?

Sex Crimes 101: Which Crimes Require Registration as a Sex Offender?

Sex Crimes
Sex crimes are a common offense throughout the state of California. The level of punishment for each crime depends on the severity of the crime, and the criminal history of the defendant. One of the most common consequences of committing a sex crime is having to register as a sex offender. Once people register as a sex offender, they are subject to several restrictions on where they can live, work, and level of privacy they are allowed. There are several types of sex crimes which may require registration as a sex offender including: • Indecent Exposure: When an individual is accused of exposing themselves in public, whether they were asked to, or forcibly had someone watch, he/she will have to register as a sex offender. In California, people who are…
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5 Things to Do Immediately After Being Stopped for a DUI

5 Things to Do Immediately After Being Stopped for a DUI

DUI
If you have recently been pulled over by the police and accused of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, you may be frustrated, scared, and if falsely accused, very angry. It is important to keep your calm during this stressful time, and remember you have the right to legal representation in your case. If you have been accused of a DUI, it is important to take these 5 steps immediately after the incident. 1. Write down every detail: Most DUI cases are won or lost based on the details. After being stopped for a DUI, it is imperative to write down everything you can remember from the stop including the location and time you were stopped, the reason the officer gave for stopping you, whether or not a…
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Crucial Factors to Remember During a Domestic Violence Case

Crucial Factors to Remember During a Domestic Violence Case

Domestic Violence
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you will face very serious charges, whether these claims are accurate or unfounded. Domestic violence cases are legally and emotionally complex, and will dramatically change the lives of the accused, their partners, and children. If you are facing legal action from a domestic violence accusation, it is important to remember these key factors about your case. 1. Domestic violence charges will disrupt family life: Whether you have been given time in jail or restricted visiting rights, parents accused of domestic violence will have a harder time seeing their children when they want to. The legal process can disrupt family life, and all parties involved may suffer emotional trauma and stress. 2. Most domestic violence claims are on a he-said-she-said basis: One of…
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