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Can my Maryland probation be shortened or terminated?

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2022 | Parole & Probation

If you have been convicted of a crime, one of the penalties the court may impose on you is a probation sentence. Depending on the offense in question, probation can last a couple of months to several years. During your probation period, the court may require you to comply with a variety of requirements such as paying any fines, attending mandatory classes or doing community service.

Probation basically puts your daily life on a tightrope. If you are on probation, you might be wondering whether anything can be done to shorten your probation period or terminate it altogether. The good news, however, is that this is possible.

Why you should consider early termination of your probation

An early release from probation offers a number of benefits. Here are some of them:

  • Eliminate stress and anxiety that comes with being on the court’s radar
  • Eliminate check-ins and other inconveniencing probate conditions
  • Freedom from restrictions
  • Saves money on probation fees and drug and alcohol tests

So how does the court determine your eligibility for early release from probation?

When assessing your petition for early probation vacation, the court will, first and foremost, determine if justice has been served. This means that you must meet the conditions of the probation.

Your conduct during the probation period will also play an important role in determining your eligibility for early vacation from probation. For instance, if you have paid your price to society and completed most of your probation period without getting into trouble, then your probation officer could issue a positive report. This report will heavily determine your fitness for release.

Other factors the court will take into account while assessing your fitness for early release include your criminal record, the offense you were convicted of and whether your release will benefit society in any way.

If you have been convicted of a crime and put on probation, you may be eligible for an early release after meeting certain conditions. Find out how you can build a case for an early release from probation.