When a judge orders that an individual be put on probation instead of going to jail, it is done so with the expectation that you are in fact fit to reenter society. This is a vote of confidence that needs to be taken very seriously. If you are found to have violated the terms of your probation, you will not have the normal legal rights of an individual being charged with a crime for the first time, which could lead to a worse situation than if you had simply been given a prison sentence.
For those who have met the terms of their probation and have not had any legal issues during that time, they may be eligible for an early termination of their probationary period.
This early termination is a privilege that should not be discounted. Even though you are not literally in jail while on probation, you surely are not free. An early termination will allow you to move past this dark period in your life and get your life back on track.
In order to see if you are eligible for an early termination of your probation, it is important that you work with a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in this process. Having an attorney at your side will help you approach the situation in an efficient manner while enabling you to articulately argue your reasoning for ending the probationary period.
Georgetown Early Termination of Probation
Although a much more attractive alternative to a jail cell, probation comes with many difficult requirements and guidelines that will affect your everyday life in many ways. If you have been successfully satisfying the terms of your probation and would like to see if you can end it early, contact Price & Twine, PLLC today.
Michael J. Price is an experienced and dedicated criminal defense lawyer who has handled multiple early termination of probation cases. He draws upon this experience and familiarity with the justice system in both Bell County and Williamson County in working to terminate your probation.
To schedule a free and confidential consultation to see if you qualify for early termination, call (512) 354-1880 or send an online message today. Price & Twine, PLLC proudly represents individuals throughout Central Texas, including Williamson County and Bell County.
Early Termination of Probation Process in Texas
If steps are taken correctly and all of your bases are covered, the process of requesting an early termination of probation is relatively straightforward. After consulting with your attorney and verifying whether you are in fact eligible for early termination, the next step is to talk with your probation officer about your plans. At this point you need to make sure that you have satisfied all of your specific requirements for the terms of your probation. This will include completing at least 33 percent or 2 years of your probation time, whichever happens to come first.
After this, you will now be required to file a motion for early termination of probation. This motion will be used to modify the terms of your probation and will include your name, case number and division of your underlying offense. You will file this with the Clerk’s office, along with sending a copy to the State Attorney’s Office and your probation officer.
Following the filing, you can then contact the relevant judge’s judicial assistant to find out the date of your hearing. While preparing for the hearing, you can work with your attorney to decide what will be said on your behalf. Having an attorney makes the actual hearing much less of a burden on you because they will likely be the one speaking.
At the hearing, the judge will determine whether to grant your motion or to deny it. Some of the most important factors that weigh on the judge’s decision are:
- Your probation officers opinion
- The prosecutor’s opinion
- How long you have been on probation
- Your performance while on probation
- Your past criminal history
- Whether you have paid all of the required fees
If the judge grants an early termination, the final step is to prepare an Order for the judge’s signature that sets out his ruling granting your motion for early termination. Again, this is where an attorney is extremely beneficial because it will be him constructing this order on your behalf.
Price & Twine, PLLC | Williamson County Early Termination of Probation Lawyer
If you are currently on probation and would like to apply for an early termination, working with a qualified Georgetown criminal defense attorney will help ensure that you approach this process in the most effective manner possible.
An attorney will be able to produce all of the relevant documents while speaking on your behalf during the early termination of probation hearing. This will allow for you to focus on getting your life back together and moving on as a free individual. Michael J. Price has extensive experience with helping those who are looking to end their probation early and knows exactly what needs to be done in order to reach a favorable ruling.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss if you are eligible for early termination, call (512) 354-1880 or send an online message today. Price & Twine, PLLC proudly represent individuals throughout Central Texas, including the cities of Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Killeen, Leander, and Temple, among others.