You’ve been charged with a crime and placed on probation to report to a probation officer, but you feel as if you’ve been on good behavior for the past few months to a year. Is there anything you can do to get off of probation? Luckily for you, there is a process you may be able to complete that will help you get off probation early, ending your term for good behavior.
Not every state allows defendants to get off of probation early for good behavior. However, in California, we have laws that dictate an early release based on certain factors, such as paying off all of your fines, completing at least half of your sentence, and attending court ordered classes and more that are relevant to your case. California Penal Code Section 1203.3 states “the court shall have authority at any time during the term of probation to revoke, modify, or change its order of suspension of imposition or execution of sentence.” This means that, essentially, it is up to the discretion of the court to decide if your good behavior makes you eligible.
If you are looking to end your probation early, it goes further than just showing the court that you have done what they ordered you to do. Sometimes, it helps to engage in your own self-help methods, such as looking for stable employment or going back to school to try and earn a degree. Other times, it helps to show the courts that you have engaged in volunteer work. These are aspects you want to consider before you go back in to speak to the judge, and how being off of probation will help you with your commitments. Being on probation can sometimes put a damper on your everyday life, such as restricting you from your work or passing a background check.
If you believe termination of probation is for you, call us today. We want to hear from you about your case and discuss options. At The Law Office of Peter Blair, we have the experience to help you get the results you deserve.