Probation Violations & Warrants

The court’s jurisdiction over someone who has been convicted of (or pled guilty) to a crime continues beyond the courtroom in many circumstances. For example, the court might grant you probation instead of jail time when you agree to plead guilty or no contest to the charge.  California Probation allows the court to maintain some supervision of you and also imposes conditions with which you must comply. If you fail to comply with terms of probation, fail to appear in court, or disobey court orders, a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

Los Angeles Probation Violations Lawyer

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Everyday Judges in Los Angeles County place hundreds of people on probation. Probation carries with it certain terms and conditions that a defendant must comply with or else face the Judge’s wrath, including jail time, fines, or imprisonment.

When you are on probation, your rights are weakened. You do not have a right to the presumption of innocence, jury trial and proof beyond a reasonable doubt when you are on probation. Your life is in the hands of the Judge. Because of this, it pays to have a good attorney who is respected by judges to go to bat for you.

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Throughout 2010, pop icon Lindsay Lohan got a her fair share of probationary justice when she repeatedly violated the terms of her probation. In July 2010, Lindsay Lohan’s probation was revoked when she failed to attend the mandatory alcohol/drug counseling ordered by the court. As a result, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail. Of course, she didn’t spend nearly that long behind bars, but she was also sent to a rehabilitation facility to deal with her substance abuse issues, and probation was reinstated. Then just a few months later, in September 2010, Lindsay Lohan’s probation was yet again revoked and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest The warrant was held over (meaning it never made it to the hands of potential arresting police) and Lohan eventually threw herself upon the mercy of the court later that week. Lohan had tested positive in a mandatory drug screening, a clear violation of the terms of her probation. This time the judge went easy on Lindsay and ordered her to stay in rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic (rather than sending her back to jail.) Lindsay Lohan’s probation stems from a drunk driving conviction back in 2007, and due to her repeated violations, her probation will likely be extended even longer.

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If you are in a situation where you have in some way failed to comply with probation for whatever reason, Los Angeles Probation Attorney Spiga & Associates can help you. There are certain things you can do to make your offense seem less severe, but it takes a credible attorney to effectively state your case and present your excuse or explanation to the court. Because of the potential serious consequences, it is almost never in your best interests to handle a probation violation on your own without a Los Angeles Probation lawyer. Contact Spiga & Associates today and let our experience make the legal system a little softer for you.

Bench Warrants

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A warrant may be issued for a variety of reasons, including failure to appear in court or failure to comply with other court orders. Once issued, a warrant gives the police the right to arrest you and take you into custody upon contact with any law enforcement.

The subject of bench warrants made headlines in March 2010 when a warrant was issued for notorious rapper Lil Wayne. The reason: Lil Wayne was unable to attend a court date in Arizona because he was IN PRISON back in New York on unrelated gun charges. In April 2010, a warrant was issued for another hip hop figure head known as “Coolio” when he failed to show to court for a mandatory progress report. The same thing happened to actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi Quaid when they too failed to appear in court. In other words, missing a court date not only angers the judge who holds your fate, but will also lead to an arrest warrant being issued on your behalf.

If you think you or a loved one may have a warrant out, it is crucial that you contact a skilled attorney right away since you may be subject to arrest at any moment. Spiga & Associates attorneys are experienced in handling these matters, for both current clients and new ones. Contact us now and have a true advocate on your side when handling your arrest warrant.

 

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