Judge on the benchThis is the first post in a series of articles discussing early termination of probation in Peoria, Illinois. Probation is a frequently used sentencing option in the Illinois criminal justice system. While remaining in the community is obviously preferable to incarceration, those on probation must still meet strict conditions during their supervision. Illinois law gives judges the authority to release defendants from probation early in certain circumstances. For obvious reasons, this is an attractive option for those currently on probation. The goal of this series is to provide general information about the legal requirements and potential impacts of terminating probation early. If you are on probation and need assistance, contact my office today to speak with an attorney.

In this series, we will address the following topics:

  • Illinois law regarding early termination of probation
  • The process of seeking early termination
  • The effect of terminating probation early

If you are currently serving a sentence of probation in Illinois, these topics are important for a variety of reasons. First, not all states authorize judges to grant early termination of a probation sentence. Illinois law allows courts to terminate probation early if the conduct of the offender warrants such action. It is important to understand who may be eligible to seek early termination. Second, if warranted, one should have a basic understanding of the legal process involved to petition the court for terminating probation early. An experienced criminal attorney can assist you with this process. Finally, an offender should understand the impact of completing probation. When probation is completed, whether at the end of the original term or if terminated early, a criminal conviction will still be a part of the criminal record. Depending upon the type of offense, one may still be subject to certain legal restrictions.

Complying with the strict conditions of probation can seem daunting. If you are on probation and wish to seek early termination, contact my office today to speak to a Peoria attorney. My office also represents clients in Bloomington, Decatur, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. We also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.