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Yes, it is possible for a judge to terminate your lifetime sex offender probation.  In Maricopa County, a specific judge is assigned to hear all petitions to terminate lifetime sex offender probation.  The current judges are the Honorable Scott Minder and the Honorable Justin Beresky. If you do not qualify for probation termination at this time, you may want to modify your sex offender probation terms.
Adult Probation and the State rarely support terminating sex offender probation. Their arguments and reasoning can be quite hurtful and traumatizing resulting in your petition to terminate being denied if you represent yourself.
A judge looks at the following in deciding whether to terminate lifetime sex offender probation:


  • Length of time spent on probation:  You must have been on probation for a minimum of 7 years for a Class 2 felony, 5 years for a Class 3, 4 years for a Class 4, or 3 years for a Class 5 or 6;   

“Very few attorneys have mastered the art of sex offender probation termination—I know what works.”

  Lisa Witt

  • Compliance with Adult Probation:  You have at least two years of compliance with Adult Probation; i.e., no petitions to revoke have been filed and you have completed all standard and specialized conditions of probation and treatment such as community restitution hours, treatment, drug testing, deferred jail, paying restitution, and paying all fines and fees. 

  • Treatment:  You have successfully completed all aspects of Primary Treatment, Relapse Prevention and/or Maintenance Treatment as defined by your treatment team at least two years ago. 

  • Polygraph testing:  You have successfully passed or resolved the Sex History Polygraph and all maintenance, monitoring or specific issue polygraphs with no major or multiple admissions for the past two years.


  • Testing:   You have MSI-II test results within the past 12 months that suggest that you have taken responsibility, internalized treatment, and self-regulate your behavior.  This does not apply if you have successfully terminated treatment.


  • Character letters:  You have character letters from your family, friends and others supporting the termination of your probation.


  • Additional factors:  You have additional factors such as an assessed low risk level, no victim, no prior offending history, medical issues, or advanced age.


After your Petition is filed, the judge will issue a scheduling order giving the due dates for Adult Probation’s Memo to the Court, the State’s Response, and your Reply.  The judge will then review everything and either deny the Petition, grant the Petition, or set the Petition for a hearing at a later date.



If you hire Lisa to prepare your Petition, she will do the following:


  • Review your Presentence Investigation Report, sentencing paperwork, probation paperwork, and any other paperwork relevant to your case;

“I have a real passion for helping people restore their lives.”  Lisa Witt

  • Work with you to prepare your Petition to Terminate by providing a template for your character letters and gathering other additional evidence;


  • Research any legal issues that arise in your case;


  • Prepare a well-written, powerful, and persuasive Petition to Terminate;


  • Review Adult Probation’s Memo to the Court;


  • Review the State’s Response;


  • Prepare a well-written, powerful, and persuasive Reply; and


  • Represent you at the hearing before the judge.



The following are actual clients whose Petitions Lisa has prepared which resulted in the termination of sex offender probation:

  • Client was caught in an undercover sting operation.  He was sentenced to lifetime sex offender probation on one count of Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation.  The State and Adult Probation vehemently opposed termination.  Lisa prepared his Petition to Terminate Lifetime Sex Offender Probation and represented him at the hearing where he Court immediately terminated his sex offender probation. 

  • When client was stopped for a DUI, the police found a few computer images of child porn in the trunk of client’s car.  Client was sentenced to lifetime sex offender probation for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor.  Lisa’s petition convinced the Court to terminate his probation. 

  • Client immediately turned himself in to the police after fondling his stepdaughters.  He was sentenced to lifetime sex offender probation for attempted child molestation and sexual abuse.  Lisa’s petition convinced the Court to terminate his probation. 

  • Client was a Vietnam veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was a diagnosed pedophile who had pled to two counts of attempted child molestation.  Despite 13 years with no new criminal charges and excellent progress in therapy, Client’s probation officer vehemently opposed the termination.  Lisa prepared his petition and the Court terminated his probation because Client had been illegally sentenced to lifetime sex offender probation.

  • Client was an alcoholic who masturbated in front of his young children while drunk.  He was sentenced to lifetime sex offender probation for attempted child molestation.  Lisa’s petition showed that he had been a model citizen and probationer for 19 years.  The Court terminated his probation.    


If you want to terminate sex offender probation, make sure you get an experienced, thorough attorney.  Call Lisa Witt, Mesa Criminal Defense Attorney or fill out the online form for a free case review.

Lisa Witt is a Mesa/Phoenix, Arizona sex offender probation termination attorney serving clients facing charges in the East Valley, West Valley, Maricopa County, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye, Youngtown, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Tolleson.

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