“The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.”
1. Can you guarantee that I will be able to get off probation early?
No, I cannot. Each case is unique. It depends on your background, the crime you were convicted of, your behavior since being convicted, the judge and your probation officer. I cannot guarantee that you will be able to get off probation.
2. Does this book provide legal advice?
No, Get Off Probation explains in detail how I was able to terminate my probation early. I always recommend seeking the advice of a qualified attorney regarding legal matters.
3. What type of lawyer should I hire to assist me in this matter?
Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who practices in the jurisdiction in which you were convicted.
4. How much does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney to file this motion on my behalf?
America is overflowing with attorneys. Costs vary dramatically. Interview a minimum of three attorneys and try to negotiate a flat fee for an attorney to handle this matter.
5. Are you a lawyer?
I’m not a lawyer. I’m just a regular guy who got into a lot of trouble. I pled guilty to a felony and was sentenced to a federal prison camp. I learned from my mistakes. It was a humbling experience. I am now rebuilding my life.
6. Were you perfect when you were on probation?
No, I wasn’t an angel. I tried to be perfect, but I made a few mistakes. I had some heath problems and I quit my job to concentrate on the classes I was taking. I tried my best to have a good relationship with my probation officer. This was hard, because I had a new probation officer every few months.
Another time I went to another state without getting permission. I didn’t have a choice. This is something I had to do. Probation officers are busy people and it’s hard to get in touch with them on a short notice.
7. Can I do this by myself?
Yes. I wrote the motion by myself. I also submitted it to the court by myself. I couldn’t afford an attorney or even a paralegal. I was flat broke. This was a difficult time in my life.
8. Can I get off probation early, even if I committed a serious crime?
It’s possible, but you have to work that much harder to get off probation early. You have to be realistic and completely honest with yourself. Keep in mind that individuals who have committed serious crimes have received presidential pardons.
9. Are you angry about what happened to you?
I’m human and of course I’m angry. The anger only brings me down. I try to have a positive attitude. It could have been a lot worst than it was. I was more fortunate than the vast majority of people who are sent to prison everyday. My family was there to help me when I needed it the most. I’m a lucky person.
10. In what circumstances shouldn’t I ask the judge to terminate my probation?
If your probation officer has any objections, you should think twice about making this request. An objection from your probation officer is a huge barrier for you to overcome in court. Instead, ask your probation officer what you can do to get him or her to agree to your request to get off probation early in the future. (It would be difficult to get off probation if your probation officer has any objections and shares these concerns with the judge.)
11. Why did you write this book?
I wanted to share my story. Furthermore, I want to let other people on probation know that it is in fact possible to get off probation early.
12. Can you tell us more about your life today?
That's a good question. First, I value my privacy. Second, I don't want to advertise the fact that I have a criminal record. I paid the price for what I did. Also, I want the readers to focus more on the message of Get Off Probation than the messenger. I can assure you that my story is completely true.
13. Briefly, what can I do to improve my chances of getting off probation early?
A. Be current on all of your fines or pay your fines off completely. B. Be a productive member of society. C. Stay away from trouble and anyone who can get you into trouble. D. Make an effort to have a good relationship with your probation officer. E. Wait until you have completed half of your probation period. F. Comply with all of the terms of your probation.
14. Why don’t more people get off probation early?
That’s the million dollar question. I’d have to say it’s because nobody even thinks to ask the judge to terminate their probation early. The judge in my case told my co-defendant that we were the first people who had ever asked her to terminate their probation early. She had been a judge for many years.
15. Why did you want to get off probation early? Is probation that bad?
I never liked being on probation for several reasons. First, in the back of my mind I constantly worried about being sent back to prison. You’re not free as long as you’re on probation. My probation officer had too much control over my life. Second, I didn’t like all of the paperwork every month and the rules. I had to ask permission just to go to another state. This was a nightmare, because I only lived a few miles from another state. Once I had to cancel a last minute trip with my father because my probation officer didn’t respond to my request to travel out of state. I wanted to spend time with my father because he’s getting older and I want to spend as much time with him as I can. Third, I wanted to get off probation because then I’d be free to start rebuilding my life. I wasn’t free as long as I was on probation.
There were many other things I didn’t like about being on probation. Once, I had to drive a hundred miles to another city to give a sample of my DNA for a government database. This took my entire day. Also, the visits from my probation officer were always unexpected. My probation officer just showed up and wanted to ask me a few questions. I never knew when my probation officer was going to visit.
I desperately wanted to get off probation more than anything.
16. Once I am off probation, what else can I do to improve my life?
If you were convicted of a state crime, work on having your criminal record expunged.
If you were convicted of a federal crime you want to try your best to receive a presidential pardon.
Set long and short term goals for yourself. This will help you to think about the future.
17. What other advice do you have for ex-offenders?
Stay away from illegal drugs and people who are involved in criminal activity. Always be a productive member of society and work towards improving your life. Maintain a positive attitude, spend your time with winners and avoid negative people. Never break the law again because it’s not worth risking your freedom and going back to prison.
18. Do all employers run background checks on applicants?
No, many employers do not run background checks. It’s expensive to run a thorough background check.
19. How many Americans have criminal records?
Millions and millions of Americans have criminal records. I’ve seen estimates of over forty-five million Americans have criminal records. The numbers are just staggering.
20. How do I get a job with a criminal record?
Move to a city that has a low unemployment rate. Make getting a job your fulltime job. Grab the best job you can get. Even if it’s working at a fast food restaurant or digging ditches. Your life will get better once you are working fulltime. Earn your GED or go back to school and earn a degree or learn a skill that’s in high demand.
21. In your opinion, what are the biggest problems with the criminal justice system?
I wouldn’t know where to begin. Books could be written on this topic. Overall, the system is hell bent on incarcerating as many people as possible. There’s something wrong with a system that overwhelmingly incarcerates the poor, uneducated and members of minority groups. The statistics speak for themselves.
The American criminal justice system has its share of problems, but it’s better than the justice system in most other countries. I'm grateful for the US Constitution and the legal rights all of us are given.
22. What is the greatest thing about living in America?
I love my country. I thank God everyday that I was fortunate enough to be born in America. It’s the land of opportunity. America is the greatest country in the world. Everyone is given a second chance. You can achieve the American dream by working hard. Being born an American is like winning the lottery. People from many other countries would give anything to gain entry to America.
Inmates at federal prison camps (AKA club fed) have a higher standard of living than people in many developing countries.
23. What’s the best thing about getting off probation early?
I’m a free man again. I can do anything I want to do. I can travel to another state or another country without having to ask for permission. Also, I don’t have to worry about screwing up and being sent back to prison. Being completely free is great. I cherish every moment of my freedom. Life is good.
24. Do you provide fill in the blank forms I can use to write my motion?
Yes. Get Off Probation includes fill in the blank forms you can use in writing your motion.
25. Is it difficult to write a motion to terminate probation early?
My book tells you everything you need to ask the court to get off probation early. Step by step the process is explained in plain English.
26. Is it difficult to format a motion to terminate probation early?
It’s not difficult to format your motion. The easiest way is to just copy the format of other documents in your case. You can also follow the formatting guidelines in the court rules. Judges generally grant defendants who are representing themselves some leeway.
27. Does my motion need to be 100% perfect to be accepted by the court?
Your motion usually doesn’t have to be perfect. Try your best to make it look good. Federal judges have accepted hand written motions from prisoners. (Many prisoners don’t have access to typewriters in prison.)
28. Why is your book the best on this topic?
This is the only book there is on how to get off probation early. Get Off Probation is written in plain English and it’s easy to understand.
I explain, step by step, what I did to get off probation early. Also, the federal and state laws giving the courts the authority to let individuals off probation is included. Get Off Probation provides hope to many people that they could possibly also get off probation early.
The motion I submitted to the court to get off probation early was successful and it’s included in the book. Get Off Probation provides all the information you need to ask the court to terminate probation early.
By reading Get Off Probation, you should be able to determine if you are a good candidate to get off probation early or if you need to wait before making your request to the court.
The sooner you get off probation the sooner you can start rebuilding your life.
I wish each of you the best of luck in your efforts to terminate your probation early.
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