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Is there any way I could terminate my DUI probation early? I am on 3 years probation and completed 1 year, do I need to hire a Lawyer? How big is the chances of getting probation terminated?

Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
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You will need to hire a lawyer to have any chance and then some judge believe that you must complete 3 years probation on a DUI. Attempting to do so after only 1 year is not likely to happen anyway.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/18/2011

The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
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It is possible. You'll have better luck with a lawyer who understands what a judge needs to hear and what would make the DA sit quietly and not oppose it. Your chances depend on your record and compliance on probation as well as whether you have a good reason to grant it, such as a pending job application.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/9/2010

Answer By Thomas Mueller
Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
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Judges do not like to terminate DUI probation early, therefore, there is little chance that you could accomplish this on your own. I have succeeded a number of times in terminating DUI probation early. I always file a formal Motion and support it with letters and declarations giving the judge good solid reasons to grant the Motion. It also will help if this has been your only conviction.

Our office is very experienced in handling these matters. For more information or to be represented, please call

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/9/2010

Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
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Probably not a very good chance of getting probation terminated.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/8/2010

Answer By Terry Nelson
Nelson & Lawless
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While it is possible to do so with an appropriate motion, you would have to show good cause to convince a judge to do so. That does not mean just I want to, or that the probation creates the same problems for you that it does for everyone else.

With that said, you could consider trying to get the conviction expunged, which would be better than simple early termination. It would help in getting other employment for the rest of your life. Many felony and misdemeanor convictions [not infractions] can sometimes be expunged by proper application and Petition to the court, but only if there was no prison time served or even sentenced, if all terms of sentencing and probation [and at least one year of probation] are completed and finished, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be retroactively withdrawn and the charges dismissed. That does not remove the conviction, but merely changes the record to show conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement. If expunged, you would be able to say no to conviction on most private employment applications. However, the conviction is still a prior for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on any application for government and professional licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The licensing agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from licensing and employment because of your conviction. If you are serious about doing so, and you think you qualify, feel free to contact me for the legal help you will need.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/8/2010

Answer By Marc K. Herbert
Law Office of Marc K. Herbert
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Because probation can be ended early at the discretion of the sentencing judge, it depends on the judge and his/her attitude.

If you have fully completed all terms of your probation, do not have a significant criminal history and were not arrested recently for a new charge, many judges would strongly consider an early termination of probation.

Yes, you should hire a local attorney, who would know the judges and what he/she wants to see for an early termination of probation.

If you would like to talk about your case in more detail, please call my office.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/7/2010

Answer By Phil Hache
Law Offices of Phil Hache
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If you are going to try to get probation dismissed early, I would recommend hiring a lawyer. It may be tough to get it dismissed after only 1 year of probation...but it may depend on the court you are in. Some are tougher than others. Call me if you would like to discuss it in further depth at our number, there will be no charge for the call.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/5/2010

The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
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A lot will depend upon the reason why you wish to have the probation terminated. If you are trying to get in the military or need to be off probation for a job you will have a better chance. Yes a lawyer will be able to assist you in this.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/5/2010

Answer By Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
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It is possible, but it would be nice for your lawyer to be able to present a valid reason, such as school, immigration...etc.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/5/2010

Answer By Dennis Roberts
Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
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It is up to your probation officer to recommend it. If he does you will not need a lawyer. You will need to come up with a pretty good reason. If you tell him you are moving to another county or state they will just transfer your probation. If you are applying for a new job and they will not hire you if you are on probation, might be something the P.O. would understand.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/5/2010

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