If you are out on probation in Nevada, it might be possible to shorten your probationary period. Judges have a lot of discretion to determine when probation ends, and it is not unheard of for them to modify the terms upon a showing of good cause. While there is no guarantee that courts will grant a request for an early termination of probation in Nevada, probationers can try the following in an attempt to achieve a shorter probationary period:
- Do not Break the Rules. If you heed the terms of your probation, the probability of a judge being amenable to your ending your probation early is higher. Conversely, the judge may revoke your probation if you break the rules such as by failing a drug test, disregarding a “no contact” order, going out of state without permission, or otherwise violating the judicial order outlining what you may, may not, and have to do while on probation.
- Pay All Your Restitution On Time. Judges love seeing restitution paid in full and early because it shows taking responsibility. The sooner you comply with any restitution order in full, the more likely the judge will consider granting early probation.
- Demonstrate Going Above and Beyond. Even if the terms of your probation do not require you to attend counseling, do community service or complete rehab, you may want to consider going just to show the judge you are taking your situation seriously and therefore deserve early termination of probation.
- Wow Your Probation Officer. Although judges have the final say, they often defer to the probation officer's opinion. Therefore make sure to be polite to your officer, never skip out on a meeting, and do not give the officer any reason to speak poorly of you to the judge.
If you are on probation, our Nevada criminal defense lawyers would like to talk with you about the possibility of reducing the term of your probation so you can move ahead with your life as soon as possible. Please call us so we can evaluate your case and counsel you on your options. (For California law, see our article on Four Tips for Early Termination of Probation in California.)