This is the last post in a series of articles discussing early termination of probation in Austin, Texas. As we have discussed throughout this series, Texas law establishes a process by which a person sentenced to probation can petition the court for possible early release from supervision. The process leaves the decision entirely in the discretion of the judge. Therefore, understanding when one should seek early termination and how to effectively present one’s case to the judge will be imperative. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help determine whether a person may be eligible and evaluate the likelihood of success. If you are on probation and need assistance, contact my office today to speak with an Austin defense attorney.
In this series, we have discussed the following topics:
- Texas law regarding early termination of probation
- The process of seeking early termination
- The effect of terminating probation early
Before pursuing an early end to probation, one should understand the following. First, Texas law establishes a process by which a judge may grant a request to terminate probation early in certain circumstances. It is important to understand that the decision is entirely in the judge’s discretion. One should understand the minimum requirements for eligibility and the factors that may impact a judge’s decision. Second, a petitioner should be familiar with the legal requirements and process for seeking early termination of supervision in Texas. An experienced criminal attorney can assist you through the legal process. Last, early termination of probation may have different impacts upon the offender’s criminal record and ongoing legal rights. Depending on the underlying crime and the person’s criminal history, for example, certain registration requirements or restrictions upon the right to own or possess a firearm, for example, may still apply.
If you are on probation and have questions about the early termination process, my office is ready to assist you. Contact us today to speak with an Austin criminal defense lawyer. My office also serves the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.