This really all depends on what landed you on felony probation, the specific facts of that case, how long you've been successful on probation and what exactly happened with the petty theft. In any event, you will be best served hiring an attorney who can handle both you van nuys and San Diego matters or at the very least, two attorneys who are willing to communicate and work together to ensure the best outcome in your case. It seems as though jail time wouldn't be in the best interest of justice in your case and you need a lawyer who will explain that to the court. The LA petty theft isn't a huge deal on its own. LA's jails are already highly overcrowded and there are some very reasonable judges in Van Nuys. Hiring an attorney is one way to buy time on your new case.
Your felony probation violation in SD will be a bigger issue. I worked in a felony courtroom in San Diego and know that they take crimes a lot more seriously down there. Still, we were able to negotiate some really good outcomes for good people who made stupid mistakes.
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Who's your attorney in Van Nuys? Who was your attorney in San Diego? Either attorney should be able to assist you with this question since it is very common. My advice is to retain an attorney before April 1.
BTW -- April 1st is a court holiday for many courts. I suggest you contact the courthouse to verify before you make the drive. If so, then your matter will likely be heard the next day.
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This appears to be a repost of a similar question which I have answered. In my answer I suggested the real issue is not continuing your case in Van Nuys, your public defender can probably do that. The issue is what will San Diego give you on the the felony if you are in violation. Talk to your San Diego attorney or retain a new one to minimize the consequences and fight your petty theft on your attorney's advice. Good luck.
COntact the SD attorney you had on the original felony or hire a new one. In the event probation or the court in SD find out about the LA case you may be facing up to the maximum you could have received on the felony minus any credit for time already served.
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