Early Termination of Probation
Ending the Stress of Constant Supervision
We have represented many people in the early termination of probation and community control. Probation and community control are both forms of supervision. The supervising agency is the Department of Corrections (felonies) or Community Corrections (misdemeanors), the same agencies that run the State Prison System and County Jail. When placed on probation the judge will state the term (number of months or years) and the special and general conditions you must follow. Violate those conditions and you can find yourself in prison. This is why you should terminate your probation as soon as possible.
Comply With All Conditions of Probation / Community Control
The first thing you should consider when seeking to early terminate your probation is have you complied with all the conditions of probation? Did your probation officer have to ask you to do things more than once? Or is your probation officer telling you to early terminate probation? Usually your probation officer will suggest early terminating probation once you have completed all of your special conditions and paid all your court costs.
The Mid-Way Point of Probationary Term
Another consideration is whether you have completed at least half of your term of probation. The reason is that most judges will not early terminate your probation before the halfway point. This is not a rule or law, it just happens to be common practice. We can, if you wish, motion the court for early termination before the half-way point.
Early Terminate Probation As Soon As Possible
As soon as all special conditions of probation or community control have been completed and half the term is done a person on probation should immediately hire this law office to motion the court to terminate your probation or community control. Why?
- Remove the probationer from any future sanctions which can include prison.
- Stop the outflow of money and expenses associated with probation.
- Remove all restrictions on movement and travel.
- Remove barriers to employment.
Remaining on probation or community control runs the risk of your probation officer violating you for a technical violation (a violation other than a new law offense). This can be something trivial and defendable but a violation will put you in jail without a bond (for felonies) while you wait for your hearing.
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