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Early Termination of Probation without going through probation officer?

Schenectady, NY |

Currently serving 5 years probation for Class E Felony and my first offense. I am 2.5 years into my probation period. I am interested in filing a motion for early termination of probation but am unsure how to go about it.

I have been required to check in with my PO once a month. I've never violated any terms of my probation, have never failed a drug test, and am now having difficulty finding work due to background checks. I have a great employment opportunity out of state as well as support of family members in that state as well, which i am lacking in my current location.

I was just transferred to a new PO due to moving, and my new probation officer doesn't seem to want to assist me with this motion. Wondering if I can proceed on my own or if it is not possible to file this w/o him?

Class E felony is for Attempted Possession of Marijuana.

Attorney Answers 4


  1. I suggest that you review New York Criminal Procedure Law 410.90.

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  2. No Judge will grant you early release from probation without hearing the Probation Department's position.

    The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.


  3. You can file the motion without his consent, but the judge will likely turn it down if the PO is opposed.
    Perhaps you should consider filing a motion to move your probation to another state. Maybe with that motion the Court may terminate your probation.


  4. Without the probation department being on board, it's a waste of time. Why don't you let the new PO get to know you and how you've changed and revisit the issue in 6 months.

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