Early Probation Termination

Early Probation Termination

Note: The following is intended to be a general discussion of ending probation early and then seeking expungement, which may not be accurate in your particular state. Please check our state-specific pages on expungements for more detailed information on each state.

In order for you to be eligible for an expungement, you may not be on probation. You must have either finished probation or it may be terminated. Then, and only then, can you be eligible to expunge your record.

If you are anxious to expunge your record and you’re still on probation, you can apply to end your probation early. However, all fines and court costs must be paid in full and you must have completed any and all court-ordered classes.

Most courts will not entertain an early probation termination if you have not completed at least 50% of your probation. In determining whether or not to end probation early the courts will most likely consider the following:

  • Criminal history
  • Age
  • Seriousness of the offense you were charged with
  • Current amount of time spent on probation

The typical process of ending probation early typically takes 1-3 months – may be shorter or longer based on workload and the county courts.

As we have mentioned before on this site, having an experienced attorney by your side is your best bet when applying for early termination of probation. While you may think your case and the court process are straightforward, both may be more complex that you originally thought and having an experienced attorney will only help your case.

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