Florida statutes section 948.04 provides that if a probationer has performed satisfactorily and has not been found in violation of any conditions of probation, the Department of Corrections may recommend early termination of probation to the court. Though you can file a motion for early termination of probation at any time, your best chance is when you have served at least half of the original term and have fulfilled all conditions of probation. Some conditions that will weigh in your favor include maintaining a job, getting an educational degree, and paying all fines.
To apply for early termination of probation in Broward and Fort Lauderdale, your Broward County early termination of probation attorney must file a Motion to Terminate Probation or Community Control with the court, as well as send copies to the State Attorney’s Office and your probation officer. When all paperwork has been filed properly, you will be scheduled for a hearing date. At the hearing to terminate probation, you and/or your Florida defense attorney will need to demonstrate to the court why you should be granted early termination of probation.
It is in your best interests to seek out a qualified early termination of probation attorney in Florida when filing this motion, because the prosecution may object to early termination and the court is not obligated to grant your petition. A Florida early termination of probation attorney can also help complete and file all the paperwork necessary, as well as speak on your behalf at the hearing to terminate probation.
If your petition for early termination is granted you may also be eligible for records sealing after your probation has been terminated (records sealing is not available unless your probation has been terminated).
Our Florida early termination of probation lawyers offers representation to individuals seeking early termination of probation or community control in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Broward County. For more than 46 years, we have successfully handled many petitions for early termination of probation in Florida and throughout the state of Florida. Our Florida early termination of probation attorneys can give you experienced advice on when to apply for early termination of probation, help you file all necessary paperwork properly, and represent you at your court hearing so that you do not have to go through it alone. If your petition for early termination is granted by the court, we can also help you with the process of getting your record sealed so that you can have a fresh start. Our firm has successfully defended countless Florida clients in a variety of criminal defense cases, and we regularly appear in Broward County.