Early Termination of Probation

Once you plead guilty to, or are convicted of a crime, as part of your sentence, the judge will almost always include a term of probation. Usually, the judge will order formal probation, which means that during the probation period (typically three or five years), you will have to report in person at least once a month to your probation officer (“P.O.”). You may also have to submit to random drug testing, attend 12-step meetings, perform community service, and/or see a psychotherapist or substance abuse counsel.

If you are convicted of a felony, you will almost certainly be placed on formal probation.

Alternatively, you may be placed on informal probation, which means that you don’t have to report to a probation officer but you will have to abide by the conditions of your probation and show proof of progress and completion to the judge.

Regardless of what type of probation you are placed on, you will always have to pay certain fines, and may have to pay victim restitution (if applicable).

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will almost certainly be placed on informal probation.

Regardless of the type of probation, a knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles attorney like Ninaz Saffari can petition the court for early termination. Ms. Saffari attorney can file a motion under California Penal Code section 1203.3 P.C., then appear at the hearing on that motion to convince the judge to grant the motion. She will also make every possible effort to convince both the probation officer and the Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted your case to agree to the early termination request, or at least to not oppose it.

In reviewing Ms. Saffari’s petition, the judge will take into consideration a number of factors, including whether you have:

  • Led a law-abiding lifestyle for at least half of the original probation period;
  • Any current criminal cases pending;
  • Paid all of your court-ordered fines and (if applicable) victim restitution;
  • Attended all of your monthly appointments with your P.O.;
  • Tested negative for all of your random drug tests (if applicable);
  • Associated with any individuals to whom you have been ordered to avoid;
  • Complied with any restraining orders;
  • Completed all court-ordered community service (if applicable);
  • Otherwise complied with all other court-ordered probationary terms.

In other words, if you have not complied with the terms of your probation, or if you are currently facing other charges, you will not eligible for early termination of probation, felony reduction, or felony expungement. You will also be ineligible if you have been convicted of a felony in violation of California Vehicle Code sections 42001(b) V.C., 2800 V.C., 2801 V.C., or 2803 V.C. or Penal Code sections 261.5(d) P.C., 286(c) P.C., 288, 288a(c) P.C., 288.5 P.C., or 289(j) P.C.

The judge has absolute discretion as to whether he or she grants the petition, and you will typically only have one opportunity to make this request. As a result, Ninaz Saffari does everything in her power to minimize the chances that the P.O. and Assistant D.A. will oppose the petition, and that the judge will deny it.

This is why she puts together a comprehensive early termination package, which seeks to prove to the court that you have done everything reasonably possible to rehabilitate yourself, including going to school, doing well in school, getting a full-time job, working full-time at a steady job, volunteering, performing community service, etc. The package will also include compelling reasons why you need early termination of probation, such as employment, military service, child custody issues, immigration issues, professional licensing, etc.

Ms. Saffari’s early termination package may also typically include your own essay to the judge; character reference letters from your family members, friends, business associates, and community leaders; school transcripts; proof of employment, counseling sessions, and 12-step meetings; proof of in-patient or out-patient substance abuse counseling sessions; etc.

Since 2005, Ninaz Saffari has successfully obtained early termination of probation for scores of her clients.


If you or a loved one are currently on probation, it is critical that you immediately hire a highly skilled, aggressive and experienced Los Angeles County Early Termination of Probation attorney like Ninaz Saffari. Contact the Saffari Law Firm, P.C. now for a free telephone consultation. If Ms. Saffari believes she can help you, she will immediately schedule a free in-person meeting.


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