I have been taking anger management classes for about a year already. I completed 43 classes; however, I missed more classes than the allowed limit of classes I can miss. I guess I missed more than 10 classes, but the last two weeks that I missed was due to my counselor stating that there would be no classes on my schedule dates because of the holidays, so I didn't attend class. Now they have terminated me from the program and I have court on monday. I like to know what can I do in my situation? I was almost done with the classes, is there anyway I can transfer to another place to complete my classes and avoid any jail time? I am a college student and part time worker and sometimes I had to miss classes because of my busy schedule.
Contact your attorney. It is possible to get another referral, but it's not always granted so talk to your attorney.
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You posted this question in the wrong secrion. Try reposting in the criminal attorney section.
Best of luck.
It sounds like you were required to participate in a treatment program as a condition of probation for a domestic violence conviction.
Judges aren't usually very sympathetic to the "I'm too busy" excuse, especially in domestic violence cases. I tell clients that probation is like a job, where the judge is your boss; if you don't show up on time and do what's required, the judge can terminate your probation. That means your next job might be working in the kitchen at the county jail or making license plates at Folsom Prison.
Were all classes canceled during the holiday week, or was the school just closed on the days you prefer to attend classes? If you refused to attend classes on the school's holiday schedule, that isn't going to make the judge happy... especially since you managed to miss eight classes before that. (Ten absences is pretty generous... some programs only allow three.)
Since you have court on Monday, I'd strongly suggest that you switch your attitude from "I'm too busy to make it to class every week" to "I'm so sorry I screwed up." Make sure your lawyer is aware you were terminated from the program BEFORE your case is called, so he or she doesn't get surprised when the case is called.
Just in case, make sure you have someone to feed your pets on Monday evening if the judge tosses you into jail.
I think you've posted in the wrong category. "Wrongful termination" refers to getting fired from a job. Moved to criminal defense.
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You'll need to seek to be re-referred to the program to complete it. Whether or not there are additional sanctions (by way of probation violation) depends on how many other issues you have had with your probation and what your reasons were for not fulfilling your obligations.
Talk to your lawyer.
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It's a 52-week program. Missing 10 classes will get you terminated from the program which is a violation of your probation. You could face additional time in jail and you may very well have to begin the class FROM THE BEGINNING. Take your attorney (and your toothbrush) with you to court on Monday--you're in a tough spot. DO NOT try to tell the judge you've been "too busy." I don't envy your situation.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--Former Prosecutor--20 years experience.
Tough call and judges don't like excuses. Try and have your attorney attend and get you rereffered back to the program. Good luck to you
Judges don't like excuses. Attend the hearing with your attorney and beg for mercy. You have to follow court orders.
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