Parole and Probation Violations
Legal Defense for Probation Violations and Parole Violations
Beginning in 2004 Mr. Wicker worked with the California Parole Advocacy Program (CalPAP) by providing legal representation for parolees appearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings (BPH). In this capacity he appeared before the Parole Board over 1000+ times for parole violation cases in Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. For approximately six years Mr. Wicker served as lead counsel for Imperial County parole violation cases. As a result of these years of experience, Mr. Wicker has an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the California Parole Board.
California Parole Board Facts
The California Parole Board is an administrative forum that has different rules and procedures than Superior Court. For any case before the California Parole Board it is essential to have an attorney experienced in Parole Board cases.
If a probationer on felony or misdemeanor probation has failed to complete a condition of probation, substantial jail or prison time may result. Often, there are reasonable explanations for the alleged violation. But keep in mind that a Judge has likely heard every excuse for non compliance a thousand times over. It takes a skillful attorney to persuade a Judge that there truly is good cause this time and that the best decision is a continuation on probation instead of a revocation and jail term. If the conditions of probation are causing an undue hardship on the probationer, a modification of probation may be obtained.
Alternatively, a probation violation may arise from a client’s failure to obey all laws when the client is arrested on a new offense. In such circumstances, there are now two criminal cases pending, one on the probation violation and the other on the new criminal offense. If the new offense ends in dismissal, the probation violation is likely dismissed as well. But it is extremely important for the two different proceedings to be coordinated so there are not conflicting court orders.
E. Wicker Law Office handles early termination of probation cases. The law provides that “the court may at any time when the ends of justice will be subserved thereby, and when the good conduct and reform of the person so held on probation shall warrant it, terminate the period of probation, and discharge the person so held.”
Anyone on probation who has completed most or a significant part of the probation period, has been violation free, has fully paid all restitution due and has not committed any new offenses, should contact E. Wicker Law Office to discuss the possibility of an early termination of probation.