Q: I have a 3 year probation sentence and currently into my 20th month with no violations. What are the chances of my probation officer petitioning for my early release. I have not been violated on any manner and pay my fines every month, but at the rate that I pay a month my probation will be over before being paid off. If he does agree what are the chances of the judge agreeing to this. (New Castle, PA)
A: Ask a local lawyer who regularly practices criminal law in Lawrence County as it totally depends on how liberal the judge, the PO and the DA are towards early parole petitions in general and their view of you as a defendant. Some probation departments will put the paperwork in for you and some will not in which case you will need to hire a lawyer to file a petition.