Early Termination of Probation in Florida
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Probation – also known as community supervision – is a process in which convicted offenders have certain conditions placed upon them after they are released from prison. These conditions are overseen by officers of the state and can be exceptionally restrictive on a person’s freedom and livelihood. Early termination of probation is one way in which individuals can reclaim their freedom after a period of adhering to the terms of their probation.
If you have been convicted of a crime and are looking to have your probation terminated early, you need a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to guide you through the process. The Berman Law Group is here to help. We have what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf.
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Understanding Early Termination of Probation
Florida Statute948.04(3) states that: “If the probationer has performed satisfactorily, has not been found in violation of any terms or conditions of supervision, and has met all financial sanctions imposed by the court, including, but not limited to, fines, court costs, and restitution, the Department of Corrections may recommend early termination of probation to the court at any time before the scheduled termination date.”
Benefits of Early Termination of Probation
Having probation terminated early has many benefits for an individual under supervision.
These include no longer having to:
- Pay fees associated with monthly supervision costs
- Attend required classes
- Be confined to a particular location
- Submit to random drug testing
- Fulfill any other probationary requirements
Another benefit of early termination of probation is that if granted, an individual may be able to seal their criminal records once the probation is terminated.
Process to File
The option of filing for an early termination of probation is available to an individual at any point during their probationary term. Those with the highest likelihood of success, however, are individuals who have served at least half of their term and have complied with all the conditions of their probation.
In order to file for an early termination of probation, an individual’s attorney must file a Community Control or Motion to Terminate Probation with the court, as well as send copies to the State Attorney’s Office and the individual in question’s probation officer. After the proper paperwork is filed, a hearing date is scheduled.
A successful motion generally contains the following:
- The defendant has completed all the conditions of their probation.
- They have paid all fines, court costs, and restitution.
- The defendant has not re-offended or had any contact with law enforcement.
- Any other circumstances which may convince a judge that there is no need for the defendant to continue to be supervised.
Contact Our Experienced Florida Probation Attorneys Today
Hiring the right attorney is critical to the success of any motion for the early termination of probation. If you are looking to have your probation terminated early, you should seek legal counsel immediately. Make sure you get a trusted and experienced defense attorney who is willing to fight for your rights.
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