This page was designed to help our clients better understand our New Jersey Probation Termination service. You will find answers to the questions we are most frequently asked. If your question is related to eligibility requirements please take the free online eligibility test
We cannot predict how the judge in any given case, but we have been successful in many of our probation termination cases. The more supporting evidence you have to show you have been reformed and of you law-abiding behavior, the better your chances of success become. The more you have complied with the conditions of your probation and the longer you have been on probation, the higher your chances of success. If you would like us to evaluate your case and give you the chances of success, then we can do so for a fee, which, if your sign up, will be applied to the probation termination fee.
The court will consider your criminal history, your age, the seriousness of the offense, if you have complied with the terms of the sentence, your behavior while on probation thus far, the length of time you have been on probation, the need for relief, the potential benefit to society, and any other factors the judge deems relevant.
Probation termination can be denied for the following reasons: (1) the court does not believe it will be in the interest of society, (2) the court feels you have not been on probation long enough, (3) you have violated one or more conditions of your probation, (4) you have not been paying court fines, or (5) you are otherwise not eligible to terminate your probation.
No. New Jersey law allows a defendant who has been placed on probation to ask the court to terminate the probation at any time.
One of the requirements for expungement is that your probation is completed. However, there are additional requirements that you must satisfy, including waiting periods for an expungement of a conviction. That waiting period does not begin to run until probation is terminated. So while probation termination will make you eligible for an expungement sooner, it does not necessarily make you eligible immediately. Please take our free eligibility test to determine if you are eligible to expunge your conviction.
Unless the offense you want to expunge is a very minor juvenile offense, there is a waiting period after getting off probation before you will be eligible to expunge that offense. The waiting period can be from 2 years to 10 years, depending on the offense.
Not necessarily. However, in most cases, you will not be eligible for an expungement if you have had multiple convictions. The exception is if your offenses consist only of “disorderly person” or “petty disorderly person” offenses and you have less than three. Please take the free online eligibility test to see if you are eligible.
The process typically takes eight to nine months, depending on your individual circumstances, the court’s workload at the time, and whether there are any objections from the prosecutor's office. The court is required to hold a hearing before it can modify your probation in any way.
The courts work on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, the sooner you sign up, the sooner your case is heard and decided. If helpful, we will gladly write your employer or potential employer a letter letting them know we have reopened the case and are in the process of having the probation terminated.
If the case is denied, we evaluate the reason for the denial and determine the best way to proceed. It may be best to wait until probation is naturally terminated or wait longer to refile.
No, we go for you. If the court requests your presence and you are unable to attend, then we will request for your presence to be excused.
You will receive a court order terminating your probation and closing your case. The restrictions that were placed on you during the probation period will no longer apply. However, this does not mean your gun rights are automatically restored or that you could stop registering as a sex offender, if those things apply to you. Those are consequences of the conviction that are not removed by getting off probation or completing your sentence. N.J.S.A. 2C:45-2(c).
We are unable to offer a money back guarantee because the process involves a substantial amount of preparation and sometimes several appearances in court by our attorneys. We cannot afford to offer this low of a price and a money back guarantee.
We can create a payment plan that meets your needs. Please view the pricing for details regarding the payment plans.
You have an attorney to (1) make sure the process is done right the first time so your case does not get rejected or cost you months of delay (2) handle objections from the district attorney (3) send an attorney to court to argue the case if need be and (4) write letters to potential employers letting them know that we have petitioned the court to terminate your probation early.
If you have been convicted for an offense that requires sex offender registration, getting off probation will not release you from your duty to register.
Yes. In New Jersey, your voting rights are automatically restored once you complete your sentence. Getting an expungement will also restore your voting rights. N.J.S.A. 19:4-1.
No. Simply getting off probation will not restore you gun rights if you have been convicted of a gun-restricted offense. However, getting an expungement may restore your gun rights. N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7; N.J.S.A. 2A:167-5.
Your probation will show as terminated and you are not still serving your sentence. Your case, however, will still show as a conviction unless you also have your case expunged. N.J.S.A. 2C:45-2(c).
The court will update its records. Other offices and agencies will receive notice of the court’s order terminating your probation.