What Happens If You Violate Probation?

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Dallas DWI Lawyer D.Gordon dropped a sweet video last week talking about probation violations. At Lawyers for justice, we get a ton of probation violation questions. Here are just a few examples (from this week alone):

  1. “What happens to me if I violate my probation for marijuana possession?” -Todd, Albuquerque
  2. “If I blow off my anger management class this week, is that a probation violation?” -Sarah, Brunswick
  3. “Can I just ask the judge to give me jail time instead of probation?” -Pablo, Allentown
  4. “My car broke down and I showed up late to my probation officer meeting. She said that’s the same as skipping. Is this correct?” Jenn, Miami

We just don’t have room to list all the probation questions that we get here, but we do suggest that you follow any court ordered probation conditions and speak to a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction if you have any questions.

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Your Rights During A Traffic Stop

This is how you should handle a traffic stop. It could be debated whether or not he should give ID (the fourth amendment protects all property from unlawful searches and seizures including documentation) but he handled this stop very well overall.

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN9XV0HAE6M

Are DWI Checkpoints Legal?

Does a DUI checkpoint violate 4th amendment rights? Attorney Matt Wallin explains the laws behind these controversial police practices.

– 01:25 and 02:04 Are checkpoints constitutional?
– 03:03 Do police need probable cause?
– 04:21 Can you ask police for their ID?
– 05:07 What happens if you don’t have your license?
– 07:19 Police bully tactics

See the original video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZC-Hy_9IHI

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Is a DUI or ID checkpoint Constitutional?

Matt Wallin is back again explaining the laws behind these popular videos. Checkpoints are weighed carefully by courts, attempting to balance drivers’ 4th amendment rights with law enforcement’s duty to protect the public.

Officers are trained to engage drivers in a casual manner. By greeting people informally they try to lower concerns about traffic stops.

Random vehicle stops violate the 4th amendment, so why are dui checkpoints constitutional? The US Supreme Court has ruled that in very specific and defined circumstances checkpoints can be used to target a limited number of crimes. When evaluating police practices, courts must balance citizen’s rights against the legitimate interests of police to uphold the law. Many believe that police are slowly chipping away at their rights and that courts are refusing to address the problem.

Unfortunately, this officer does not know the law. The officer does not need probable cause to execute a checkpoint stop.

During a traffic stop an officer is not legally required to show his identification. Matt Wallin explains the relevant laws in detail.

What happens if you forgot your license at home and the police ask for it? The officer is allowed to conduct a warrantless search of the vehicle to find it! Matt explains how far police are allowed to go to verify your identity.

Intimidation and bullying is a common tactic used by law enforcement. By infringing on your freedom of movement, police put pressure on drivers to comply with their orders.