Numerous reports have exposed probation as an unnecessary and wasteful trap. Many experts agree that probation allows the court system to enforce an unbreakable cycle of recidivism and poverty. Probation can have serious impacts on your ability to seek employment, housing, financial aid, or join the military. For this reason, if you think you qualify to early terminate your probation, contact our office today to discuss your options.
HOW CAN I TERMINATE MY PROBATION EARLY?
Don’t Commit Any New Crimes. You will be eligible to early terminate your probation if you can show the court you have not committed any new crimes since your sentencing.
Complete & Comply With the Court Ordered Conditions. This can include maintaining employment, going to school, passing drug screens, paying fines, and completing community service. Accordingly, this can also include proof of successfully completing rehabilitation or counseling.
Pay Your Restitution. You cannot early terminate your probation without completing all outstanding restitution payments.
Be Patient. If you have been sentenced to 3 years or more, your probation officer shall submit an application for early termination to your sentencing judge. In spite of that, if your probation officer has not asked for early termination, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you.
HOW CAN AN ATTORNEY HELP ME SEEK EARLY TERMINATE MY PROBATION?
Under O.C.G.A. 42-8-37, the court may at any time…may discharge the probationer from further supervision.
A criminal defense attorney can request a hearing to convince a judge to early terminate your probation. Likewise, a prosecutor will have an opportunity to argue against your request. Consequently you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to convince the judge why an early termination will be in the best interest of justice.
If you think you qualify for an early termination of probation, contact our office to discuss your options.