Filing a Motion to Terminate Probation Early in Florida

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You may have initially welcomed probation as an alternative to incarceration and other penalties but later realized that it introduces many unavoidable barriers. As favorable as they may make probation sound, many people often feel as if they are being kept on a leash, constantly living in fear of violating strict probationary terms.

It’s essential that you know that your freedoms may be restored if you meet the qualifications for early termination. The Orlando early termination of probation lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can help you determine if such options are available to you.

Are You Eligible For Early Termination Of Probation?

Eligibility for early termination of probation is ultimately at the discretion of the judge but there are a few conditions you must meet to even be considered. You may be eligible for early termination of probation if you have:

  • Served at least 50 percent of the probationary terms (however there is no rule in writing and you may apply to end your probation even earlier than the halfway point
  • Completed all conditions of your probation which may include:
    • Payment of restitution
    • Community service
    • Counseling or any other type of class

In addition, you must prove to the court that you have remained in good behavior throughout your probationary period and that you have learned from your mistake. In other words, you cannot seek early termination simply because you do not have the freedom to live the way you choose.

filing a motion to terminate probation early

Even if you have not completed half of your probationary terms, there is still a way for you to change your probation terms by requesting a modification of probation. You can use this legal action to have a “no contact” provision eliminated when can:

  • Free up your ability to travel for work and leisure
  • Give you the freedom to leave the county or state
  • … and much more

In some cases, you may also be able to get off probation even if you have only served less than 50 percent of your probation time. The seasoned Orlando probation attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm can help you pursue the course of action most appropriate for your case specifically.

How Does Early Termination of Probation Work?

Our attorneys will file a petition for early termination and schedule a court hearing. Under Florida Statute Section 948.05, the court is required to consider petitions for early termination of probation and to grant it when “justice requires.” In the court hearing, we will provide ample and compelling information to show why the petition should be granted. Once the motion is granted, we can also assist you in sealing your criminal record if you are eligible.

What are the Benefits of Early Termination of Probation?  

Regaining your freedom is probably the most evident benefit of having your probation terminated early, but there is more to it than just that. As a result of early termination:

  • Future sanctions that may include prison time no longer apply to you
  • Employment barriers are lifted
  • You can travel freely for work or leisure
  • You are freed of the financial responsibilities associated with being on probation
  • No more drug tests
  • No more monthly meetings
  • No more announced probation officer visits
  • Many other benefits we can discuss

Let Us Help You Move Forward With Your Life

If you have completed the conditions of your probation and are seeking to terminate the remainder of the appointed time, we may be able to help. The Orlando early termination of probation lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm has over 100 years of legal experience and time spent as prosecutors on the state and local level. We can use our extensive legal knowledge to help ensure that you’re freed from the mental and physical limitations of being on probation. Our founder, Bill Umansky has been mentioned on numerous national media outlets and affiliates, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, People, Newsweek, as well as NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX.

Do not hesitate to contact our probation attorneys with questions about your eligibility for early termination of probation. Call us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.