I was sentenced to five years probation in Missouri February of 2015 for a guilty plea deal Class C Felony first offense. Since then I have completed college, gotten a great job, and been completely compliant with my PO whom I report to in Wilson co, Tennessee. In fact, he is pushing to have me only have to call in every six months. I have passed all my UAs, never been late or missed an appointment, paid everything off for probation and court costs/fees a month in advance, and have my PO's blessing of being 'a waste of his time'. I understand that MO offers a credit system of 30 days credit for each successful month taken off the end of your sentence. With that in mind, October will mark 1/3 of my sentence outright and 1/2 with credits.
My question is could/should I write to the judge who sentenced me or should I have my attorney formally file for early release? Also is October a reasonable time to request a release or could I file now? I'm trying to avoid using my attorney because he is very expensive but if it is a solid option I'm willing to do that.
You're only 15 months into 60 months of probation. I don't practice in Tennessee, but it seems a bit early to me. Instead of writing the judge a letter, and instead of listening to me, why don't you get your lawyer's take on this. If anyone would know, if the timing it right, or what to say in the petition for early release, it would be the lawyer that knows the case, the judge, the prosecutor, and you. Give the lawyer a call and ask. If the lawyer says it's too early, you're out the cost of a phone call. But if the lawyer agrees that it's time ask, the payoff would be worth the lawyer's fee. So, give your lawyer a call.
Good luck on this.
It sounds like the answer to your question is to speak with a lawyer in Missouri. Even though you are supervised here in Tennessee, the only judge with jurisdiction to consider this would be back in Missouri.
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