Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
I'm a Florida criminal defense attorney and I've handled many early termination of probation cases.
So you know, its not a letter you need but a motion. It would be titled Motion for Early Termination of Probation. While I don't have your specific facts and can't write the motion, I can provide a template for you.
If you have any pleadings from your case; the charging document, motions filed by your attorney, the discovery document provided by the state attorney; they will have the "style" or heading for the case....use that at the top of the motion.
The motion would state the following:
Obviously, you need to fill in the specific facts of your case. Keep in mind, as a person representing yourself, you do not need to be perfect, you just need to make it clear what you're trying to accomplish.
Once the motion is drafted, file it with the clerk of court and send copies to the state attorney and your probation officer. Next, contact the judge's assistant and request a hearing on your motion.
Assuming everything I stated above is accurate, it is quite likely the judge will grant the relief you're requesting.
That would be highly unlikely, however, it is certainly possible that the assigned judge does things a bit more informally than the norm. My suggestion would be to call the judicial assistant (JA) tomorrow morning. Tell her you're a bit confused because you've been told that the judge wants a letter but you believe a motion would be the normal way of doing things.
With this in mind, ask the JA what her judge requires. If she says it's a motion, then draft it as I detailed above. If it's a letter, then simply write the letter in your own words being certain to outline all the issues I detailed above.
Again, you shouldn't get too worried about any specific format. I can assure you that judges do NOT expect non-lawyers to draft perfect documents. Just write it from the heart and you'll be just fine.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).