Written by attorney Clifton C. Carden

On probation for a DWI conviction? Tips for early release!

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Many times a compromise can be made pursuant to CPL 410.20, which allows the judge to modify the conditions of probation. Typically, defendants can best be served by easing the restrictions of probation if the judge is not willing to terminate all together. Use caution because the judge can also enlarge the conditions pursuant to the same section. Case law supports the notion that the judge’s decision cannot be appealed so you may be left with an unfavorable ruling. Lastly, the jurisdiction that your probation is in will have a lot to do with how these matters are typically handled. Therefore, anyone seeking an early release from probation should immediately contact an attorney who is experienced in this area for a full explanation and determination of success. It would also be helpful to seek an attorney familiar with the probation department and court where your probation is monitored.

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