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Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer - Probation Early Termination

In Utah, a judge can impose probation periods as long as 36 months (3 years), and in some circumstances even longer. However, if a person is doing well on probation, it is sometimes possible to convince a judge to grant an early termination of probation. If you are on probation and need to seek an early termination, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Salt Lake criminal attorney Stephen Howard.

Benefits of an Early Probation Termination in Utah

An early termination of probation in Utah provides a number of advantages. It can make you immediately eligible to petition the court for a 402 reduction, to have the level of your offense reduced by one step, or sometimes even by two steps. In some cases this will allow you to reduce your conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor.  Under Utah's expungement laws, an early probation termination can also shorten the time you have to wait to get your charges expunged. An early termination from probation will also relieve you of the burden of checking in with probation officers and continually reporting on your activities.

Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney in Utah

While there are benefits to getting your probation terminated early, the process is not always easy. Having an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer working on your side can help improve your chances of having your request granted by the judge.

Salt Lake criminal lawyer Stephen Howard has handled thousands of criminal cases during his career. If you are on probation and would benefit from an early termination, contact us now to schedule an initial consultation.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
340 East 400 South, Suite 25, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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