I am on the fourth month of a 6 month probation sentence for a first offense OWI. I have had no probation violations, all classes and community service are done, and have been on a sober link since 3 months before I was sentenced till date. I was wondering if I should ask my PO if she will shorten my sentence.
It will largely depend on which of the two judges you have out there. Also, keep in mind that six months is a relatively short time period to be on probation so often times judges won't terminate early. You can always ask your PO. That worst that will happen is she'll say no and you're no worse off for asking. However, respect the decision and don't keep asking. Also, I know you said you had your other requirements done but are all your fines/costs paid? If not, you won't have a chance. If you do, you may have a chance albeit a small one because the probation time is so short anyway.
Agree with Jared that 6 months is a very short term of probation for a first offense OWI. Also, as he said, it doesn't hurt to ask your probation officer for a modification or early termination. Under the circumstances, I would suspect that you would fare better by having an attorney file a motion for modification or amendment of the terms of your probation and request that the sober link component be lifted. Your attorney can state that you have been 100% compliant and that the cost associated with sober link is a burden to your particular financial circumstances.In addition, you may be in a sales or employment position where giving a sober link sample is awkward. Now, if your underlying involved a high blood alcohol content or was a super drunk reduced to OWI, the court may want to watch you for the 6 month duration. Lastly, depending upon your age, the court may suspect that you want to get off probation early for a Cancun spring break.
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