I am on two years probation for a dui charge. I have paid all of my fines (in full right after court), have completed my community service (7 months ago)and have finished my alcohol treatment classes (on time). My probation officer is trying to extend me saying that he does not have time to process me before the end of my probation period. Can i present my case to a judge and show i have been completly compliant or does the probation officer have final say on an extension? Side note: i was sentenced in one county and for some reason my probation officer is in a different county than the offense took place or where i was sentenced. I would like to know if i should sign the extension paperwork or should i go in front of a judge and present my case?
this is my first dui offense, i had a minor in possession of alcohol when i was 18 or 19 (I am 31 now). other than that i have never had an alcohol or drug related offense.
DUI / DWI Attorney
If you have completed all your terms and conditions of sentencing and have been compliant with probation, then you should never sign an extension of probation. Why should you have to extend your probation due to the fact that the probation officer can't do his job. The PO either has to file a petition to revoke you before your probation ends or they lose jurisdiction. If you don't sign the extension you tie the hands of the PO. If he wants to file for a request for a hearing with the Court, then fine. Present your case at that time. You should submit proof of everything directly to the Court now, so that they have proof that you are in full compliance. You may also request a hearing on the matter, but I'm not sure it is necessary for you to request a hearing. Again, you better be sure that everything is done and you have not done anything that is a violation. Bring proof of everything with you (in case the PO doesn't or claims to have not received it from you) and understand that your PO is not going to be happy.
My decision to answer your question does not construe an attorney client relationship. My opinion is based on the facts you have provided. Before making any decisions, you should always consult directly with an experience attorney, either in person or via phone.
DUI / DWI Attorney
I agree with Rhidian Orr. Unless the probation officer can get you to consent to extend your probation, or unless the probation officer can get the Judge to extend your probation, it will terminate at the end of the probation period. Even though your probation officer is in a county different from the one you were sentenced in, you will go back before your original sentencing Court. If the probation officer tries to take you back in front of your sentencing Court to extend your probation, then you can provide all of your proof of completion and ask the court to terminate your probation on time. Wait and see if the probation officer tries to file something with the court to extend your probation and in that event, I would consider hiring a lawyer to insure your rights are protected and to help you show the Court that you should be allowed off of probation.
1 lawyer agrees