If you were
convicted of a crime in Richmond, perhaps you heard that you may get an early release from probation if
you complied with your conditions and paid on time. What if you paid
everything and had
zero violations – not even a parking ticket, do you still have to complete
your entire probation?
After all, you did everything the judge asked you to 100%. You have held
down a steady job, you haven’t moved, and you haven’t gotten
into any trouble. All you want to do now is MOVE ON. So, is there any
way that you can you get off early?
It’s the Judge’s Prerogative
Early termination of probation in Virginia is possible, however, it is
entirely the judge’s prerogative. That said, you’re going
to want an attorney to help you file the motion.
Whether to terminate your probation is entirely up to the discretion of
the judge who hears the matter. While paying all your fines and staying
out of trouble is a good starting point, you need a good lawyer to present
the facts in a way that the judge will find them agreeable and persuasive.
Drafting and Filing the Motion
You will need help with both drafting and filing the motion and to ensure
that everything is handled in accordance with the court’s requirements.
We don’t recommend representing yourself since most pro se litigants
are in way over their heads and have watched too many episodes of
Law and Order.
All attorneys have seen too many self-represented litigants make arguments
in court that they mistakenly believed were mitigating, when in reality
the judge considers them aggravating.
It’s wise to speak to your probation officer and see if they agree
with your position. If they are on your side, then do it right and hire
a Richmond criminal lawyer. To get started,
contact Carlson & Collier for assistance!