If an existing probation sentence is denying you opportunities or making it difficult to live your life the way you want, you may be wondering if anything can be done. The good news is that in some instances, it is possible to terminate probation in Minnesota early. While it isn't always possible to achieve a successful termination of your probation, you're more likely to see your probation terminated if you follow these steps.
1. Serve at least half of your sentence. If you have not served at least half of your sentence, the chances of your probation being terminated early are very unlikely. In fact, it is commonly advised you should have served three-quarters of your sentence before attempting to terminate probation in Minnesota.
2. Satisfy the conditions of your probation. Most probation sentences require tasks of the individual on probation, whether it is to serve community service or pay a fine. If you have not satisfied these terms, it is very unlikely your probation will be terminated. Any probation violations will reduce the chances of a successful probation termination.
3. Meet with your parole officer. Set up a meeting with your parole officer and inform him or her of your desire to terminate your probation early. If you have not successfully satisfied the first two steps, it is very unlikely your parole or probation officer will agree with your request.
4. File a motion with the court to formally request early termination. An experienced attorney can help you with this process.
5. Have your case heard. Your attorney can help you schedule a hearing before the Court and he or she will also represent you at this hearing. During this hearing you will have a chance to present evidence to the court to explain why your probation should be terminated early. This evidence will be needed if your parole officer does not agree with your request for an early termination of your probation.
Early termination is granted at the Court's discretion and you are not guaranteed early termination just because you have satisfied the terms of your probation. If your probation is terminated early, you will be able to begin the process to expunge your record after the early termination is granted.
If you are interested in terminating probation in Minnesota, you need experienced legal counsel. Contact Attorney Eric J. Olson for vigorous defense and unrivaled results.