This post concludes our series on the serving of probation in the state of Arkansas. Our goal with this series has been to help those on probation in our state to understand what to expect from the process and to inform them as to the possibilities they may face both in terms of revocation and early termination. If one is considering accepting a plea deal, involving probation, then it is important that they consult with counsel in order to understand the ramifications of such an arrangement. Likewise, if one is facing revocation, or believes they are eligible for early release, then they should speak with a lawyer immediately.
We covered several topics over our last several posts. Subjects we have looked at included:
- Steps which Arkansas residents must take when serving probation
- How one can defend themselves in a probation revocation proceeding
- How a probationer can petition the Court for an early release from supervision
One of the main points that we have stressed throughout this series is that one should make the most of their opportunity when granted probation. If one is facing a revocation proceeding then the Judge is far less likely to be patient if the accused cannot point to at least some positive progress they have made. Similarly, one cannot petition the Court for an early release unless they have met all of their requirements. Finally, one serving probation cannot expect their P.O. to show any patience with them unless they have been making an effort. Remember that probation is a privilege, not a right, and that it is important that you make the most of the privilege.
If you believe that you are eligible for an early release from Arkansas probation then contact our Little Rock criminal defense lawyers today. We will analyze the facts of your situation and help you to understand if you have a legitimate chance of early release or if the request will be frivolous. It is important to remember that, just because you meet the requirements, it is not “automatic” that the request will be granted. You must still make the best case possible to the Court. We will assist you in making such an argument.