Say something like: "Your Honor, I have completed all requirements of my probation. I believe my plea bargain specified that probation would be terminated after six months if I completed all the requirements. I therefore respectfully request that my probation be terminated."
I'm not convinced a letter to the judge is the proper vehicle for this request. You might go to the courthouse and ask if you could have your case placed on calendar for a motion to terminate probation.
You could also contact the attorney who represented you.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--19 years experience. Law Offices of Jay S. Finnecy
You say exactly what you just stated above. There is a formal way to do it via motion and most attorneys charge a nominal fee to handle this for you. The motion should contain what you pled to, the terms of your sentence, the conditions you were required to do, that you have completed said conditions, there is no outstanding conditions (including money), that your probation officer has no objection (provided that is true), and you are requesting to be early terminated from your probation. You should file it with the clerk of courts and send a copy to the state attorney's office. When you send a copy of your motion to the judge, you will need to request a hearing date. Once you have a hearing date, you will then file a "notice of hearing" with the clerk of courts. It must include the date and time of the hearing and send a copy to the state attorneys office. They can object to a hearing if they have not received proper notice. On the hearing date you need to make sure you bring all documentation to prove you have completed all of the conditions.
Judges routinely deny or reject these requests, so it is usually worthwhile to retain an attorney to do this for you. Again, most attorneys charge a fairly reasonable fee for this. The money you spend hiring an attorney to do it correctly, will likely save you money and time.
Many attorneys, like myself, will do this as a courtesy to their clients and not charge them. You may want to consider asking the attorney who originally represented you on the case. They may not charge you to do it. Good luck.
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Try saying it like you just did. However, you should let your attorney do it for you or hire one for best results. It should not cost much to do that. Fees are very reasonable.
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