Probation Violations



Most criminal case end in the defendant being placed on probation.  Probation is the judge’s way of having jurisdiction/power over the defendant.  Most grants of probation last for three years and require the defendant to do or “not do” certain things while on probation.  Often times a defendant will break a term of probation by failing to perform community service or pay a fine.  When this occurs a probation violation is likely to be filed.  The prosecutor generally files a petition to ask the court to make a finding that the defendant violated probation.  The standard of proof is a “preponderance of evidene” and hearsay is admissible.  For further information on probation violations and defenses please call the Law Offices of Errol Cook at 562-209-1114.

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