Early Termination of Probation
California law allows a judge to terminate a defendant’s probation early. (California Penal Code 1203.3)
Louder Law attorneys have been successful in obtaining early termination of probation, reducing felonies to misdemeanors, and then having the criminal charge expunged.
If you want an early termination of probation there are necessary steps to take:
- Pay off all fines
- Pay off restitution
- Complete all classes
- Complete any counseling requirements
- Make sure you have not been charged with or committed another offense
Benefits of Terminating Probation Early
- The earlier the Courts terminate your probation, the sooner you can get an expungement.
- The second, and maybe the most important, reason to get an early termination is that while you’re on probation, you are susceptible to a violation of probation. The burden of proof for a probation violation is much lower than the burden to convict on a new crime. For example, if you are charged with a crime and there isn’t enough evidence to convict you then it’s dismissed. However, if you are on probation, the same amount of evidence could get you a violation, which could include jail time and an extension of your time on probation. It’s important to note that probation violations do not entitle you to a jury trial. You’re only entitled to a hearing in front of a judge, with a lower level of burden on the prosecution for a violation.
Call for a free consultation to see if you qualify for an early termination of your probation.