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Judicial Release

Judicial Release in Ohio

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Being put behind bars is devastating, no matter who you are. Knowing that your freedom is limited and that you are missing out on what life had to offer can understandably make you lose hope. In Ohio, however, inmates may be able to earn early release from prison through a system known as "judicial release." If the inmate meets the requirements and a judge approves the request, then judicial release may be used. In order to request a judicial release, you must:

  • File a motion with the court.
  • Request a hearing with the judge that sentenced the offender under Ohio law.

Remember: Only certain offenders are eligible. Read below for more information and be sure to discuss your case with an Ohio judicial release attorney from The Meranda Law Firm LTD today!

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Do you know someone in prison who might be eligible to leave early? Wouldn’t you like to know if you could see them again sooner? Contact our Columbus, OH criminal defense attorneys from The Meranda Law Firm LTD today for more information about the judicial release process!

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Specifics for Judicial Release

The judicial release process can be quite complicated and surrounded with red tape. Applications will be met with heavy scrutiny and it may be necessary to back your statements with a lawyer who can make sense of the rules. Additionally, if you apply but do not give solid reasons as to why you should be allowed judicial release, then it is unlikely that your request will be granted. With the help of our criminal defense attorneys in Columbus, Ohio from our firm, we could construct an intelligent, reasonable argument on your behalf.

Some aspects of judicial release are quite intricate, including those involving:

  • Fourth & Fifth Degree Felonies: 
    Those convicted of these crimes may file between 30 and 90 days after entering prison.
  • First to Third Degree Felonies: 
    Inmates convicted of these more serious crimes must wait 180 days before filing.
  • Five-Year Itch: 
    Those serving five year sentences must wait four years; those serving between five and ten years must wait five years.

Consecutive Sentences and Mandatory Minimums

When applying for judicial release, it must be done on a case-by-case basis and on a sentence-by-sentence basis. This means that if you have been issued consecutive sentences, you will need to request judicial release for each one.

Perhaps most importantly of all, mandatory minimum sentences must always be served. No matter how short or lengthy a mandatory minimum might be, judicial release cannot break its term requirement. This does not mean that you could not be approved for judicial release; rather, you would need to serve the mandatory amount of prison time and then would be granted release.

Do You Qualify? Are You Ready to File a Request?

The only people who are not eligible for judicial release are those who have been sentenced to 10 years or more in prison. If this is not the case for you, the time to take action is now. The sooner you start constructing your case, the better, as this allows you more time to build a persuasive argument with one of our Columbus criminal defense attorneys. Keep in mind that you will only be granted one hearing per sentence, so it is crucial that you present the best case possible.

Call (614) 707-4239 to discuss your legal options and learn how we can help you.


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    No parent wants their child to have to go through an ordeal like being arrested. When these situations do occur, it can be difficult to determine what the best course of action would be. The juvenile justice system is different from the adult justice system and so it is important that you have a legal representative who understands the juvenile system and can help you get through this time. Whether your child has been accused of DUI, a drug crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are there helping you every step of the way.
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    Another question you will have to consider when deciding which defense lawyer to handle your case is whether or not you can afford it. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we want to be able to provide reasonable rates to our clients so that you can get the help you need. In order to give you an idea of how much it will be, we will meet with you in a free consultation and discuss what kind of fees you could expect.
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    What should you do if you have already been convicted of a crime and have received your sentence? If you believe that justice was not served, your first step should be to contact our firm to see if we could help you appeal your case. Not every attorney takes on appeal cases they can be more complex and time-consuming than other cases. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, however, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients, no matter how difficult the case. If you want us to look over your case, please contact our team as soon as possible.

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