Many people contact me to see if they can terminate their probation early. Before 2017, there was no way to do this. In 2017, the law changed to allow for early termination, assuming that certain criteria have been met. The legislation was part of a package of bills known as the “Justice Reinvestment Legislation.”
Requirements for Early Termination of Probation in Rhode Island
The state of Rhode Island, which has one of the highest rates in the country of individuals on probation, codified the rule as part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of its probationers. To qualify for early termination, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- You must have been on probation for at least three years within the state;
- You must have no violations of your probation over the last three years;
- You must not have any active no-contact orders against you;
- You must have completed all of the terms and conditions of your probation, including court fines, counseling, restitution, and community service;
- You must not have any other pending probation or any deferred sentence revocation proceedings filed against you;
- You must not be on parole in any state;
- You must not have any pending charges in any state; and
- You must not be serving a suspended sentence, be on probation, or be serving a deferred sentence in any other Rhode Island criminal case or another jurisdiction unless you were sentenced to probation at the same time for both and were allowed to have your probation run concurrently.
Once an applicant meets all of the requirements, you must request a Certificate from your Probation Officer. Only then may you ask the Superior Court to end your probation early.
At Nee Law LLC, we understand what exactly is at stake when it comes to getting off of probation. Receiving early termination of probation can once again give you back your freedom to move on with your life without such restrictions. That is why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Providence criminal defense attorney.
At Nee Law, LLC, We Help Rhode Island Residents Terminate their Probation Early
To learn more about early termination of probation or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us at 401-453-5633 today.