Early Termination of Probation for Sex Offenders in Florida

After those convicted of sex crimes serve their time, they are released from incarceration and placed on Sex Offender Probation. The terms of probation dictate where they are allowed to live and work, puts them under curfew, and mandates sex offender counseling. In some situations, it is possible to seek early termination of probation for sex offenders. A criminal defense attorney with the Umansky Law Firm may be able to help you make such a request.

How Can I Apply for Early Termination of Probation?

Sex crime defendants are typically sentenced to probation upon completion of jail time, although sometimes they receive probation instead of incarceration. Probation allows Florida law enforcement officials to closely monitor convicted defendants after they are released from prison. Violating any terms of probation could result in serious consequences.

In the state of Florida, sex offenders who wish to apply for early termination of probation must file a Motion for Early Termination of Probation. It’s important to note that these aren’t automatically granted to every applicant, and the following conditions must be met before even filing this motion:

  • All financial restitution should be paid
  • All community service should be complete
  • Court-recommended counseling and classes should be complete
  • All court fees should be paid
  • In general, at least 50% of the initial probation period should be served

In some cases, the prosecution agrees to offer early release from probation as part of a plea agreement. This doesn’t always mean that the individual will automatically receive it. Consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney could help ensure that such agreements are upheld. Criminal lawyers are well-versed in preparing and arguing such motions for early probation release.

Can I Still Qualify for Early Termination of Probation If It’s Not in a Plea Agreement?

Even in instances where early termination was not part of a sentencing agreement, a criminal attorney may still be able to help sex offender clients file a Motion for Early Termination. There are certain factors that judges will consider once such a motion is filed in court, including:

  • The original terms of sentencing or a plea agreement
  • The opinion of the judge overseeing the Motion for Early Termination
  • The severity and type of crime (crimes of a sexual or violent nature could be harder to obtain an early release compared to other types of convictions)
  • The probation officer’s opinion on whether someone is at risk of reoffending should early release be granted

If you have met all the conditions recommended to complete before applying for early release and wish to file a Motion for Early Termination of Probation, you should consider consulting a criminal defense attorney for assistance. Although there are no guarantees that the court will grant your motion, having competent legal representation will most likely increase your odds.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney with the Umansky Law Firm

Contact a criminal defense attorney with The Umansky Law Firm if you’re interested in filing a Motion for Early Termination of Probation. We will evaluate the facts of your case and offer our legal opinion and potential strategies for moving forward. Contact us online or call us at (407) 228-3838 to schedule a free case review.