Probation Termination Attorneys in Long Beach, California 

According to statistics from National Institute of Corrections (NIC), there were about 199,313 people under probation in California as of December 31, 2019. In the state of California, probation may be imposed on a convicted defendant as an alternative to going to jail or as part of a sentence.  

A probationer—a person under probation—is expected to obey all the terms of their probation. Upon completion of all conditions of probation, you may be eligible for early termination of probation. An experienced California criminal defense attorney can enlighten you about the benefits of early probation termination and help you navigate your case. 

At McCready Law Group, I'm dedicated to offering reliable representation and knowledgeable legal guidance to clients in probation-related matters. As your legal counsel, I can help you understand your options regarding early termination of probation and determine your eligibility. I can walk you through the entire process from start to finish. My firm is proud to serve clients across Long Beach, Cypress Hill, Lakewood, and the rest of California. 

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What are the Benefits of Terminating Probation Early?  

Probation is a non-prison sentencing option available to offenders who have been convicted of a crime. However, probation can be costly, intrusive, and restrictive. According to California law— California Penal Code 1203.3 PC (a): 

"The court has the authority at any time during the term of probation to revoke, modify, or change its order of suspension of imposition or execution of sentence. The court may at any time when the ends of justice will be subserved thereby, and when the good conduct and reform of the person so held on probation shall warrant it, terminate the period of probation, and discharge the person held." 

Here are some benefits of terminating probation early: 

  • Eliminates the restrictions on your movement or activities 

  • Eliminate routine check-ins with your probation officer and other intrusive requirements 

  • Eliminates the risks of probation violations 

  • Allows you to qualify for expungement of your criminal record 

  • Save money on probation fees 

  • Save money on alcohol and drug tests 

  • Obtain relief from lifetime registration as a sex offender 

  • Eliminates travel restrictions due to probation 

  • Restores your rights to own, possess, or carry a gun (misdemeanor probation sentence) 

  • Allows you to complete your punishment and regain your freedom 

Also, terminating probation early eliminates the anxiety and stress that come from the experience of probation. An experienced attorney can evaluate your unique situation and determine whether you qualify for early termination of probation. 

When Can I Request an Early Termination of Probation?  

Keep in mind that California judges do not usually terminate probation until the defendant has completed: 

  • At least one year of the probation sentence for a misdemeanor, or 

  • At least 18 months of the probation sentence for a felony. 

A skilled criminal defense attorney can determine your eligibility for early probation termination and walk you through the legal process. 

What is the Process?  

To terminate probation early in California, here are the steps involved: 

  • File a Motion to Terminate under Penal Code 1203.3 

  • Give the prosecution attorney a minimum of 2-days' notice prior to the hearing 

  • Attend the hearing 

During the hearing, the judge will review all available facts and determine whether to approve your request for early termination of probation. As a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer, I can help file your motion and present your case diligently during the hearing. 

What Factors Will the Court Consider?  

To determine whether you are a good candidate for early termination of probation, the judge will consider the following factors: 

  • You exhibited "good conduct and reform." This means that you have fulfilled all the conditions or terms of your probation successfully, such as fines, programs, fees, restitution, and community service. Also, you have not been arrested for another crime. 

  • There are circumstances that warrant early probation termination, such as to keep your job, qualify for a loan, or for necessary travel. 

An experienced attorney can guide you through the entire process, help make a case with the prosecutor, and show the judge that you are remorseful and will be a good candidate for early probation termination. 

Probation Termination Attorneys in Long Beach, California  

Probation can place heavy restrictions on your movement and every other aspect of your life. Fortunately, you may qualify for early termination of probation if you complete your probation terms, avoid probation violations, and meet the requirements. A criminal defense attorney can explore your options and help determine the best course of action. Contact my firm—McCready Law Group—to set up a case evaluation today. My firm serves clients in Long Beach, California, as well as Cypress Hill, Lakewood, and surrounding areas.

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