WHAT IS A PROBATION VIOLATION CHARGE?

Are you on probation or “mandatory supervision” and had a new arrest or even just a contact with the police?

Many people make a big mistake. They think that just because they are innocent, they don’t need the best criminal defense lawyer.

The Court system is designed to be “adversarial.” This means the District Attorney represents the government, not you. He has no obligation to tell you if there are holes in his case or weaknesses in the evidence. If the police violated your rights or made mistakes, the DA won’t tell you that a motion to suppress evidence or even to dismiss the case is appropriate.

The Judge can’t take sides, so he or she can’t tell you what to do either. The only person in the system who is on your side is your defense attorney.

So YES, you do need the best criminal defense lawyer. You should also know that if you let the Judge appoint the Public Defender, then the Judge must order you to reimburse the county based on your ability to pay.

You will be ordered to appear in Court and waste many hours away from work and family. In addition, the Public Defender is under a lot of pressure to get rid of cases. They work for the government just like the District Attorney.

We don’t have that pressure and so we can do whatever is best for you. Our goal is to get the case dismissed or reduced. No one can predict the future, but we have a lot of success stories and just a few of them are on our web site. If you don’t hire us, you will never know if your case could have been dismissed or reduced.

WHY IS THIS A SERIOUS PROBLEM?

If you are on probation or mandatory supervision, you have already been found guilty after a trial or you have worked out a plea bargain and pled guilty.

Therefore, if you have a new arrest, or have not followed the terms of probation, or are suspected of a new law violation, you can go to jail or even prison and you do NOT have the right to a jury trial. Depending on the charge, you can face significant time in custody.

WHAT ARE POSSIBLE DEFENSES?

Each case is unique, but there are two sides to every story. Attorney Mark Cantrell has licensed private investigators who will perform an independent investigation to find evidence to help you.

WHY SHOULD YOU CALL US IMMEDIATELY? 

Many people are surprised to learn that the police are allowed to lie to the suspect in an attempt to obtain a confession or incriminating statements. This is just one more reason it is foolish to talk to the authorities. If you are under investigation call us immediately so we can protect you.

Mark Cantrell is well known in the Riverside criminal defense community as a trial attorney with many successful cases to his credit. When you visit his office, he will be proud to show you newspaper articles about his cases - not paid advertisements.

The biggest mistake an accused person can make is to retain an attorney who does not do trials. The District Attorney has no reason to compromise and give you a break if your attorney is known as a “plea bargain” attorney.