I am on 3 years formal felony probation in butte county for marijuana cultivation, i have been on for 1 year now, no violations, no trouble of any kind, completed my community service on time, attend narcotics anonymous regularly, made all payments on time, and am able to pay off rest of fines and fees if needed! Is it possible to get off early?Is this a common occurance that this does work? or are there more denied than granted?
I practice in Butte County, so I have a local perspective.
I can tell you that judges here are unlikely to grant a motion for early termination of probation "just because."
You're far more likely to prevail if you can show a very good reason to terminate your probation -- for instance, a job or educational opportunity, or a financial hardship due to the ongoing costs of probation. It's also important to provide documentation to support your claim: for instance, letters from employers, an acceptance letter from a university, or documentation from a physician showing that you're unable to pay probation supervision fees because you can't work..
The underlying facts of the case that got you on probation in the first place, and personal factors like your age and prior crimial record, are important, too.
Like all things in criminal defense, it's important to be well-prepared before you walk into the courtroom.
Yes, you can apply for an early termination of probation. Filing such petitions is something that my office handles. Feel free to give me a call if you would like to discuss it.
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