A judge just granted me early discharge from my probation sentence. Am I legally required to continue reporting to my probation officer (regardless of whether the officer has acknowledged my release)? I am being supervised in a different state from my conviction.
I live in (United States) state A, and was convicted of a crime in another state, state B. I was sentenced in state B to probation, and my supervision was transferred via the Interstate Compact to my home state, state A.
My attorney filed a motion in state B requesting that my probation be terminated early. The judge granted our motion, thereby ending my state-mandated supervision.
My question is: As soon as the judge signed the order granting my motion, am/was I legally finished with my responsibilities as a probationer? For example, can I stop reporting to my probation officer in my home state? Or must I wait for some official termination procedure to wend its way from the court, through the probation office in state B, over to the probation office in my home state A, after which I will presumably be told that I may stop reporting?
What Actually Happened
I sent a copy of the judge's order to my PO, and she said that before she can let me stop reporting, she needs to hear from state B's probation department telling her that my supervision has been terminated. (Via ICOTS, which I vaguely understand is some sort of communication portal for the Interstate Compact.)
What she said makes complete sense to me and was not surprising. At the same time, though, once the judge has decreed my sentence to be over, isn't it over effective immediately? (Not that it has to necessarily be symmetric, but for what it's worth, my supervision began the very second the judge sentenced me; is it not logical to suppose that my supervision ends the very second the judge ends the sentence?)
NOTE: FWIW, I'm not suggesting that I'll completely ghost my PO, even if the law says that I can. I don't want trouble, nor would I want to be rude to her. I just want to know my rights, both for my own curiosity and also in case things go south and I need to exercise them.