Probation, Warrants, Expungements

At White Goldstein we know that recalling a warrant, having probation re-instated, or obtaining a successful expungement can make a huge difference in the lives of our clients by opening up significant job possibilities and life opportunities. The top criminal defense attorneys at White Goldstein always fight aggressively to get the best possible results for our clients whether we are handling probation violation hearings, recalling a warrant, or arguing for an expungement. If you are facing probation violations, outstanding warrants, or would like help with the expungement of a felony conviction, call White Goldstein today for a free, confidential consultation at: (877) 77 WE-WIN or (877) 779 3946.

Probation Violations

Probation violations arise when a person who is on either formal or informal probation does not fulfill one of the terms of probation, such as completing anger management classes, community service, DUI classes, or commits a new offense. For probation violations, you may face the maximum jail or prison sentence that could have been imposed for the underlying offense.

Many people ask, “what is the penalty for a violation of probation.” This is a difficult a question to answer because it varies considerably from case to case. A person who has admitted a probation violation may face imprisonment in the state prison or county jail, restitution, court fines, community service, formal or informal probation, and/or parole.


The most common types of warrants in California are bench warrants and arrest warrants. An arrest warrant is a court order that permits law enforcement to arrest a person. Often, arrest warrants are issued when law enforcement suspects an individual of being involved with, or having been involved with, a crime. Once an arrest warrant has been issued, law enforcement has the legal right to detain the individual in the arrest warrant and to bring him/her to jail. The arrestee must then be brought to appear in court before a judge.

A bench warrant is a court order that has been issued when an individual fails to appear in court. A bench warrant allows law enforcement to arrest an individual in order to force them to appear in court for his/her pending criminal matter.


An expungement is a motion that can be filed and argued before a Judge to dismiss the prior convictions on your criminal record. Many clients ask how to get a felony expunged in California. Depending upon the individual facts of your prior case, and the charges themselves, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at White Goldstein can help you evaluate whether you are eligible to apply for a felony expungement or for an expungement of your misdemeanor conviction. You may also be eligible to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor, to erase the felony conviction by sealing your record, and/or to terminate your probation early.

White Goldstein has extensive experience with handling probation violations, warrants, and expunging criminal records, throughout California including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County.

In Los Angeles County, White Goldstein routinely handles probation violations, warrants, and expungements cases in:

Airport Court (LAX), Alhambra, Antelope Valley (Lancaster), Antelope Valley Juvenile, Bellfower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Catalina, Central Arraignment (Bauchet), Compton, Downtown Los Angeles (CCB), Downey, East Los Angeles, Eastlake Juvenile, El Monte, Glendale, Hollywood, Inglewood, Inglewood Juvenile, Long Beach, Malibu, Metropolitan (Hill Street), Newhall, Norwalk, Pasadena, Pomona, Torrance, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita (Valencia), Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier.

White Goldstein

At White Goldstein, we provide our clients, and their loved ones, with nothing less than excellence in criminal defense. Unlike many criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles, we fight for our clients with compassion and emotion as well as intellect and skill because we genuinely care for our clients and their families