How to Petition for Judicial Release
Early Release from Prison in Akron, Ohio
If you are serving time in prison, there is a chance that you may be eligible
for early release (with probation) granted by the judge who sentenced
you. This is referred to as "
judicial release." My
criminal defense law firm, Christopher G. Thomarios, Esq. LLC can help you with the process
of petitioning for Ohio's judicial release program. Whether you are
the prison inmate or a loved one who wants to help, I can provide you
with guidance each step of the way. You do not want to compromise your
chances for early release simply because you did not file your petition
correctly. As an Akron criminal defense lawyer with a decade of experience,
I am more than ready to assist you!
Completing the Petition Process
Below are the steps that you will need to follow in order to petition for
judicial release, according to information provided by the Office of the
Ohio Public Defender:
Determine Your Eligibility: The first step in applying for judicial release is to determine whether
or not you actually qualify for it. This determination will be based on
various factors, including what portion of your non-mandatory prison term
you have already served and whether there are disqualifying factors to
your conviction. I can help you determine your eligibility.
Prepare a Motion: The most crucial part of the motion for judicial release is the memorandum,
in explains why you believe you should be granted early release. A few
of the things that are usually helpful to explain in memorandum include
reflection on your criminal past and your experience in prison, any rehabilitation
you completed while in prison and your plans for avoiding crime and improving
your life once you are released. You will also need to fill out paperwork,
and you will need to obtain a certificate of service. This serves as your
guarantee that you will be mailing a copy of the motion to the prosecutor's office.
File the Motion: You cannot file your motion until you have served the minimum amount
of your non-mandatory sentence as required under the judicial release
program. Your motion must be filed with the trial court in the county
where you were convicted. It will be important to comply with the requirements
of the specific county in which you are filing. The original and at least
one copy of the motion should be sent to the court clerk's office,
and a copy should also be sent to the prosecutor's office.
Once you motion is filed, a hearing may or may not be scheduled. A motion
cannot be granted without a hearing. If your request is denied "without
prejudice," it may be possible try again in the future with another
motion. If the request is denied "with prejudice," you cannot
file another motion.
Call a Skilled Akron Criminal Defense Attorney
In addition to the information provided here, there are also many other
factors you will need to consider when petitioning for judicial release.
Because each eligible inmate can only be given one judicial release hearing,
it is vital that you do it right the first time around.
Contact my firm for assistance with your motion!