I recently tried moving to California with my spouse and things didn't turn out as expected and i caught a spousal abuse charge and a restraining order was placed on me where i have no contact with victim(spouse) and due to that i had no place to stay in California and was forced to move back to Arkansas now the results i want are for me to be able to complete all A.A. meetings, DV classes, and community labor required in the state of Arkansas to complete punishment
If you were required to attend AA, perform community service, take domestic violence classes, etc. as part of a sentence or other program from the Court, many states will allow you to satisfy your obligations in another state as long as you are able to complete comparable programs to what they have in the original state. However, it is best to check with the court/probation officer/ etc. in the state that imposed the obligations upon you to see if the Arkansas programs would be acceptable. Naturally it would be best to confirm this before you move/enroll in any programs.
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I agree with Mr. Scholl. You need to speak with your probation officer in California. It may be possible to remain on probation there and complete your requirements here, or you may need to request a transfer of probation. If a transfer is needed, my experience is that it usually takes 30 days to take effect, so you need to speak with them soon as possible to try to work something out.
A few things need to be addressed:
1. Have you been convicted?
2. Was the charge a felony or misdemeanor?
Either way, this is probably something that can be resolved/worked out without you having to return to CA. Assuming you cannot afford to hire counsel, contact the Orange County Public Defender's Office for assistance. They have a "duty attorney" that should be able to look up your case and give you sound advise as to how to proceed. Good luck to you and sorry things did not workout in CA.
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