Can I get out of probation earlier? 70 Answers as of July 02, 2013

Can I get out of probation earlier? What can I do?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
If you need specific legal advice for your particular circumstances, I encourage you to privately consult with a lawyer. If you are charged with an offense and cannot afford to pay for your own defense, the court may appoint you an attorney payable at the public's expense. You have a right to counsel. Yes, you may be able to get out of probation if you complete the key components of the program and your probation officer is willing to request an early termination from your judge. Ultimately, it's up to your sentencing judge. However, having a great relationship with your probation officer will go a long way.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/20/2012
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
I would need to know all the facts and details of the charges, whether it is felony probation or misdemeanor probation, but generally it is up to the court and the probation department. You should hire an attorney to assist you.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/21/2012
Klisz Law Office, PLLC
Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
Hire a local attorney in that court and file a motion. Do it all the time in metro Detroit.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/14/2013
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
Ask your probation agent, sometimes they will recommend to the judge that the person should be off probation early.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/2/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
It is possible to have probation terminated earlier, or formal probation changed to informal probation. Normally, you will be required to have completed all requirements set by the court, paid all fines, cost and/or restitituion, and have the blessings of the probation officer and no objection from the district attorney.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/1/2012
    Law Office of Ronald G. Draper | Ronald G. Draper
    Special circumstances can allow early termination of probation if a judge is satisfied it is just.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    There is a section of the Criminal Procedure Law to allow your attorney to make a motion to the judge to release you from probation early or change the terms of probation like a curfew. You can also have your attorney call the probation department's law office to see if the probation will recommend an early termination of probation, but most probation officers will not want to talk to your lawyer in New York City or other cities as a matter of policy.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    The Short Law Group, P.C.
    The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
    With the help of an attorney you can request to terminate probation early. Typically this is granted when a defendant has completed all their court ordered treatment, paid fines/fees, and completed all other orders of the court. Once this has been completed, talk with a Criminal Defense Attorney about early termination of probation.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/31/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Best bet is to get done with everything required and they may agree to let you off sooner.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Usually half way through if your PO recommends it. Probably do better with a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Fagan, Fagan & Davis
    Fagan, Fagan & Davis | Steven H. Fagan
    Early termination of probation for a DUI may be possible depending on the circumstances that necessitate early termination, as well as your ability to demonstrate compliance with the conditions of the probation as well as any orders of the Court.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Alvin Lundgren | Alvin Lundgren
    It depends on your crime, behavior during probation and the court.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/30/2012
    Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
    Your Probation Officer can request the Judge to terminate probation early, assuming that all conditions of probation have been satisfactorily completed.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Gigstad Law Office LLC
    Gigstad Law Office LLC | Robert Gigstad
    If you have met the terms of your probation, you can petition the court to modify your probation and end it early. I would recommend you consult an attorney to discuss this in more detail.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    That decision is the discretion of the Judge. It is possible in some circumstances to be released early. You would need to file a motion for early release and have the judge schedule a hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    When your probation agent feels that you are ready for discharge, he/she will recommend discharge from probation. The court will usually go along. If you do not have the backing of your probation agent, the likelihood of you convincing the court to discharge you early is slim.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    Early release from probation is at the sole discretion of the court. You can certainly petition the court for early release.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    Yes, ask your probation officer.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    Myles Hahn III Attorney at Law | Myles Hahn III
    Maybe you should ask the question of your probation worker. It would ultimately be up to a judge. The odds are against you.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/14/2013
    James M. Osak, P.C.
    James M. Osak, P.C. | James M. Osak
    If it's been over a year, you can petition the court with your parol officer's blessings and if you have paid all your fines and costs. If it's been under a year talk to your parol officer first and see how he/she stands on this. If PO disagrees you'll have hard time with early out.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Mark Bruce
    Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
    You need to make a formal motion to the court to be relieved of probation early. You need to show good cause and a good record while on probation. You need to have been on probation a substantial amount of time-at least a year.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Carl A. Munson | Carl Munson
    The best way to have a chance at getting off of probation early is to complete all of your sentencing obligations so that there is really nothing left for probation to monitor. Staying out of trouble and making all of your appointments is a must also. There's no guarantee you will get off early but it's your best chance. Once you have completed everything and are doing well, you can talk to your p.o. about early termination. If they say they will not agree to that, there should not be anything keeping you from making a motion for early termination in front of the court.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    That is entirely up to the sentencing judge. Factors to be considered: the chare or charges for which you were convicted; how long you have been on probation; whether or not you have been in full compliance with all of the terms and conditions of your probation; whether you have any criminal history and if you ddo, whether any opf those past convictions are similar to that which you are currently dealing with.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    Depending on the circumstances- it is possible to request that the court shorten your probation, but generally you will have had to have served more than half of your probation term, without any violations or problems. It is ultimately up to the judge. An attorney can draft a Motion to Shorten Probation if it is appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    If you have completed all the reqired conditions for probation you may petition the court to end it early. If the court does this or not depends on what you were judged guilty of and the prosecution and the judge.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    You may always file a Motion to seek early release from probation. Ultimately, you must have a good reason and ideally, the support of the probation officer, to prevail.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    LEATHERS LAW FIRM
    LEATHERS LAW FIRM | A. Wade Leathers, Sr.
    The Probation Officer can recommend to the Court to release you from probation earlier. It is up to the Court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Conway Law Pllc.
    Conway Law Pllc. | B. L. Conway
    That is up to your PO son. Being on probation, is like being in the military. Show no attitude and be early or you will end up doing that time. I can assure you of this because I use to be a PO.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    It may be possible to get off probation early. You should contact your attorney to file the appropriate paperwork. You will need to have completed all of the terms of probation and have paid all of the fines to be considered. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Ryan Berman, Esq | Ryan Berman
    It depends on the individual facts and circumstances of your case. Consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Probation may be terminated early if all conditions have been met and there are no violations, once half of the time is done.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If you have finished all the conditions of your probation, and have been faithful in making appointments with your P.O., then talk to your P.O. about filing a motion before the sentencing judge to terminate your probation before the scheduled termination date. I think you have a chance of getting it terminated successfully in a shorter time, if you have not been violated for any reason and stayed clean during the time you have been on probation.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Lance Daniel
    Petition the court for early termination of probation. Usually, you need a very good reason such as a job offer that requires you not to be on probation and have completed terms of your probation such as payment of the fine, work project or jail time, and completion of the DUI school. Also, you might want to let at least have of the probation time go by before you file your petition.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    Early termination of probation happens frequently. It is largely up to your ppo and court will have to approve.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of James J. Rosenberger | James Joseph Rosenberger
    You can petition the court to reduce your term of probation depending on which court you're in and the circumstances surrounding your being placed on probation to begin with. Often, but not always, a judge will advise at sentencing that he/she is imposing a specific lengthy term of probation subject to review at an earlier date if you're compliant with other terms and conditions of a judgment and sentence. You have to take the initiative to ask the court though. They're not going to do it on their own volition.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Grant & Grant
    Grant & Grant | Richard L. Grant, Esq.
    Yes. Need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to prepare, file and argue before the court a Motion For Early Termination Of Probation. I have done a significant number of these motions where I have been successful in Federal and State Courts.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You can petition the sentencing judge to take you off probation. It is possible but difficult with many cases.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein
    Law Office of Neal L. Weinstein | Neal L. Weinstein
    You can file a motion for early termination but without your probation officer consenting, you will not get off probation.
    Answer Applies to: Maine
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Ask your officer to cut you loose.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes. You can petition the court for an early termination. You better hire an attorney to file the proper document/motion to have a chance.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp.
    Todd Landgren, Professional Law Corp. | Todd Landgren
    DUI conviction mandates at least a 3 year probation. However, some Judges will modify probation under certain circumstances. A local lawyer could give advice because it's different in each County.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    The case can be motioned before the judge to request early termination of your probation. You would have to have satisfied all the conditions of your probation for this to be granted.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    You can ask for probation to be terminated early. Do it through your lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    Sometimes. The court can release you from probation if you ask, and your chances are pretty good if you have completed treatment and done well on probation. You can ask yourself with a letter or a motion, or hire an attorney to do it.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Law Office of Christopher G Humphrey PC | Christopher G Humphrey
    You may petition a court within one year of your sentence to reduce, suspend, or change conditions of your probation under Rule 35 of the Wyoming Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Court will lose jurisdiction after one year has passed. This is not one year from the written order, but one year from the day your were sentenced.
    Answer Applies to: Wyoming
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    The Smalley Law Firm, LLC | Cary Smalley
    Possibly. It depends on the court along with other factors. You would have to file a motion to ask the Court to do this. I suggest you consult with an attorney to discuss the details of your situation.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
    While it is possible, it is unlikely that you would persuade the court to do so, because it will want you monitored for substance abuse.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Robert Valles and Associates P.C.
    Robert Valles and Associates P.C. | Robert Valles Jr.
    File for early termination.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    THE WOLF LAW FIRM | Allen M. Wolf
    It would be discretionary with the Judge. However, in the real world if you have completed all your conditions of probation and have paid all of your fines and costs, if you can persuade your probation officer to release you early, most judges would go along with that recommendation.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Aaron J. Boria, PLLC | Aaron Boria
    Yes, you can end probation early.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    You can try by filing an appropriate Motion to Terminate Probation with the court, supported by good cause facts and legal authority sufficient to convince the judge to do so.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/29/2012
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Yes, if all the conditions of probation are complete, then you can request the court to end probation - there is even a statutory provision allowing it .
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Yes, you must retain an attorney (or file motion on your own) and request that the probation be terminated. You will be successful if you know what the judge wants to hear to terminate your probation early.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Darrell B. Reynolds, P.C. | Darrell B. Reynolds
    The judge can always modify a sentence.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    You can try. It is best to have your PO agreeing and possibly submitting something to the Court, but you can always file your own Motion with the Court either pro se or through your attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas | Thomas Ogas
    Probation can be ended early, but this requires you to ask the court to do so, and to give them a very good reason why they should grant your motion. Generally, the court is going to say no. The court MIGHT say yes if the following hypothetical is true: No past probation violations. All fines and fees paid. DUI classes completed. Drivers license returned (by DMV). Insured. AND 1) Have a job offer but cannot be hired unless you are off probation [have letter from possible employer saying so] OR 2) Have good career available, but cannot obtain license unless off probation [and have letter/rules/etc explicitly saying so] ETC... (Some great thing is life is right there ? but being on probation is the only thing keeping it from you) Long story short: Terminating your probation early is a gift that the court can give, but only if you really convince it to do so.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC
    Pearson, Butler, & Carson, PLLC | Matthew R. Kober
    If you have completed all your probationary requirements (i.e. paying your fine, attending required classes, etc.) then you can ask the court to terminate your probation early.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    Depends on the court, the crime, your lawyer, and the DA. But there is no early release for DWI probation.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law
    Benjamin D Gordon, Attorney at Law | Benjamin D Gordon
    If you have been compliant with the terms of probation, and have fully paid off any fines and completed any required community service or classes/treatment, you can probably get the court to terminate your probation early. To do so, you will need to file a motion to terminate probation and request for hearing.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    It is possible to petition the court for early termination of probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Aaron Black Law
    Aaron Black Law | Aaron Black
    You can talk to your probation officer and file a motion with the court. Don't even try if you have not completed all the terms of your probation (fines, fees, restitution, classes).
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    Yes, you can... potentially. You must have completed all obligations (fines, community service, etc.) and make the request of the judge. It's covered in Penal Code 1203.3. Can you do this yourself? Yes, but a local criminal defense attorney can assist and increase your odds of having your request granted.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    Yes. File a motion to terminate probation. You need a good reason: Job, immigration, etc.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    People are often discharged from probation early if they have completed all the special conditions of probation. Contact your probation officer to discuss the possibility, and depending on the county, they may make the request on your behalf. Otherwise write a letter to the sentencing judge stating your request and reasons for the early discharge.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Levine & McHenry LLC
    Levine & McHenry LLC | Matthew McHenry
    If you are in full compliance and have all your fines and fees paid off, you can petition for early termination of probation. Whether it is granted will depend on the particular circumstances of your case, including how long you have been on probation and your criminal history?
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 5/25/2012
    Law Office of Russell A. Warren
    Law Office of Russell A. Warren | Russell A. Warren
    It's up to the Judges discretion and also depends on how your plea was worded. Sometimes the plea forbids early termination.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 5/25/2012
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