Can I Terminate My Probation?

Probation is a common sentence for those convicted of crimes in Arizona. According to court records, there around 40,000 people on probation in the state. Many people on probation hope to reduce or terminate their sentence, but there are many requirements and steps that need to be done in order to make that happen. Petitioning the court to terminate your probation is an undertaking that is worthwhile.

Requirements for Early Termination of Probation

In order to get your probation terminated in Arizona, you must complete the following:

  • Pay all your fines owed to the court
  • Complete at least half of your probation sentence
  • Undergo court ordered classes and treatment sessions
  • Fulfill drug testing requirements

If you meet the above conditions, your lawyer can then petition the court for termination. There are a number of other factors that courts take into consideration when deciding whether to terminate someone’s probation. Questions the court may ask include:

  • Did you complete your obligations to the court and complete half of your probation without any issues and with a positive report from your probation officer?
  • How serious was your offense?
  • How is your criminal record?
  • What are your remaining requirements?
  • Will society benefit from the termination of your probation?

In most cases if all requirements have been met, the court will consider and grant the termination.

Timeframe for Early Termination
There’s typically a wait period after you apply for early termination. The process can take anywhere from 3 to 4 months. If you have just recently began your probation, it’s not too early to talk to an attorney about wanting to terminate it early.

Advantages of Early Termination
Terminating your probation early will give you the following advantages:

  • Improved employment prospects
  • Eligibility for getting your record set aside
  • Freedom from the restrictions of probation
  • More freedom to travel

The earlier you terminate your probation the sooner you can get on track to getting back to your normal lifestyle.