Step 1: Successfully complete at least one-third of your term of probation without any probation violations.
Although certain cases can be done sooner, one-third is usually the minimum time. No new law violations should exist, and you should be at least current on any counseling or classes required.
Step 2: Make sure all fees and fines are current
Nothing makes a probation officer happier than you being current on your fees, fines, and court costs. You want him or her in your corner when it's time to file that motion for early release.
Step 3: Do your community service
Being current on your community service is much like paying fines and fees. It shows that you're taking your probation seriously.
Step 4: Get your probation officer's approval
This is directly related to steps 1-3. Getting your probation officer on your side is crucial to obtaining early release from probation. If your probation officer is for early release, there is a good chance the prosecutor and judge will be as well.
Step 5: Hire a lawyer competent in criminal law
Getting a good lawyer is the final step in obtaining early release from probation. If you've completed steps 1-4, you have a good chance of success. A lawyer will know the judges and prosecutors, and can navigate the system quickly for you.
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There are some types of probation in which early release is not possible. A good lawyer will research the law and tell you if early release is possible in your case.
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