Judicial Release Attorney in Akron
Representing Your Best Interests
If one of your loved ones is serving a prison sentence in the state of
Ohio, my firm offers a
free case evaluation to help you determine whether judicial release is an option. As an
Akron criminal attorney, I can help you determine whether your loved one is eligible for this program.
Judicial release is formerly known as "shock probation," and
is a way to release imprisoned individuals prior to his or her release
date. As of September, 2011, Ohio House Bill 86 decreased the eligibility
requirements for those who are in prison. One of the initial modifications
made is the time which must be served before they become eligible to file
for judicial release.
Requirements for Judicial Release
The new requirements listed below refer to periods after their delivery
to prison or service of the mandatory term:
- 30 days if non-mandatory time is less than 2 years
- 180 days if non-mandatory time is between 2 and 5 years
- 4 years if non-mandatory time is 5 years
- 5 years if non-mandatory time is between 5 and 10 years
- Half of all non-mandatory time for any sentence over 10 years
Ineligibility for Judicial Release
In Ohio, the judge who sentenced the convict to prison has the power to
grant this early release if the specific time has been served. Under
Ohio Revised Code (ORC) § 2929.20,
the individual in prison will NOT be eligible for judicial release if:
- The convicted individual is only serving mandatory time
- The trial court previously denied the motion after a hearing
- The offenses is committed while serving in public office
Other Restrictions for Judicial Release
Additional restrictions exist for those who wish to apply for judicial
release. It cannot be granted by the trial court for
drug offenses or
operating a motor vehicle impaired (OVI) offenses when a presumption of prison exists without making certain
findings. The last restriction is that the Department of Rehabilitation
and Corrections can seek judicial release when the inmate served more
than 80% of his or her sentence. If you have further questions on the
restrictions, speak with my firm today.
When should I file for judicial release in Ohio?
When a loved one is incarcerated, any amount of time spent in jail seems
like forever. If you would like to discuss your family member's case
or determine whether it is the right time to file, schedule a free case
I can immediately begin the process of collecting information to support the motion for judicial release.
My firm can provide you and your loved one with a focused and determined
effort to obtain the most optimal result. I can provide you with a high
chance of an early release. As
Attorney Christopher Thomarios, I can provide you with the necessary information regarding your loved
one's judicial release.