I was entered into a plea bargain and plead guilty for burglary, which is a felony and was sentenced 8 years probation. I have had no prior convictions on my record besides a MIP when I was 18. I am now 23 and have served 1 1/2 years of my probation. As far as I understand, as long as my fines have been paid, community service done, not gotten in any trouble and my probation officer agrees then I have a very good chance. By May I plan to have all my fines paid, and community service done. My probation officer likes me and the only trouble I've had since starting probation was I admited to smoking marijuana and she made me take an aa/na class. But other than that I have been to every meeting on time and paid all my fines. What do u think my chances are and should I get an attorney?
After one year or one third of the sentence whichever comes sooner the individual is entitled to petition the court for early release.
That's the law but some courts want the individual to do more time than is required by statute.
If this in Panola County and you complete everything like you are supposed to you will have a good shot at early release.
An attorney would help and you would definitely need your PO to recommend your early release. Expect the prosecutors office to oppose it. While early probation happens, the rule of thumb is that you generally have to do at least half the probation. I doubt you will be released after only 25% of the sentence regardless of how good you are on probation. Especially when the underlying charge is burglary.
Listen to your probation officer. I suggest that you keep from violating any laws, continue paying your fees and complete the drug program and your wishes will come true.
Usually one needs to have completed half , if not two thirds, of the probationary period. At 2/3rd point, even probation may not object assuming you have completed all the other conditions. So you have to wait at least at half point. Good luck!
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