Probation written on blocksThis is the final post in a series of articles discussing early termination of probation in Peoria, Illinois. Illinois law gives judges the authority to release defendants from probation early in certain circumstances. Those hoping to take advantage of this legal option must understand that their strict compliance with the terms of their probation and positive actions after the sentence will be essential factors in the court’s review. One goal of this series is to provide general information about the legal requirements and potential impacts of terminating probation early. Another goal has been to stress the importance of working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you through the process. If you are on probation and need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a Peoria attorney.

We have discussed the following topics in this series:

There are obvious advantages to ending one’s probation earlier than planned. To do so, however, one must have a basic understanding of these general subjects. First, under certain circumstances, Illinois law allows courts to terminate probation early if the conduct of the offender warrants such action. Understanding the factors that may be important to the judge will be essential to your case. Second, before engaging in legal action, one should have a basic understanding of the process required to seek early termination. Last, depending upon the facts of an offender’s case, having been sentenced to probation may still have an ongoing impact on the offender, even if terminated earlier than planned. Criminal convictions, whether punished by probation or incarceration, become and remain a part of one’s criminal record. Depending upon the type of offense, one may still be subject to certain legal restrictions, such as restrictions on ownership or possession of firearms. It will be important to consult with an attorney about these ramifications and how they may impact one’s future.

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.