This is the last post in a series of articles discussing early termination of probation in Laredo, Texas. My previous post discussed the process of obtaining an early end to a probationary sentence. It is important to remember that the judge retains complete discretion in making the final decision, regardless of whether you meet the minimum eligibility requirements. It is, therefore, imperative to retain counsel who understands the process and has experience working with judges, probation officers, and prosecutors to achieve results for their clients. My goal in this series has been to explain Texas’ laws and legal processes relating to terminating probation early. Another goal has been to encourage those seeking early termination of probation to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for assistance. If you are on probation and wish to end your sentence early, contact my office today to speak with a Laredo lawyer.
This series covered the following key topics:
- Texas law regarding early termination of probation
- The benefits of terminating probation early
- The effect of terminating probation early on one’s criminal record
- The process for early termination of probation
For those considering requesting early termination of their probation, it is important to have a basic understanding of these issues for several reasons. First, while Texas law gives judges the authority to terminate probation early for those who are eligible, it also leaves the final decision up to the discretion of the court. It is important to understand what factors may be considered relevant in support of one’s request. Second, the benefits of ending probation early can be significant. Individuals meeting the eligibility requirements should strongly consider pursuing such a request. Third, terminating probation does not eliminate one’s criminal record for the underlying charge. Depending upon the nature of the offense, one’s criminal history, and other factors, an individual may face ongoing legal restrictions or consequences. Finally, before initiating a request to end probation early, individuals should be familiar with the basic elements in the process. An experienced attorney can explain the process and help you navigate the legal system.
I am a criminal defense lawyer with experience in helping clients seek the early termination of probation requirements. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak to a Laredo lawyer. I also serve clients in other areas of south Texas.