How to clear records check probation without an attorney?

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How to clear records check probation without an attorney?

I moved here from another state on records-check-only probation for 6 months, which is now up. However I hate to pay an attorney just to “check in” and get the probation cleared. Especially if I don’t file something correctly, the only risk would be hiring the attorney later rather than now (I think). Is there not a simple way to do this from a distance? If so, who can I write and what would I need to provide?

Asked on November 12, 2010 under Criminal Law, New Mexico

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You are very wise to realize that NOT using an attorney can result in having to hire one later. But it may be possible for you to do all the leg work and fact finding here before hand to see if you need an attorney's help.  First, I would contact the probation department and seek their guidance on the specific law that allows you to clear the matter. Ask them about the forms too. With the internet these days you can at least read the requirements and the law and get an idea of things.  I would also call your probation officer directly and ask.  You might need an number of documents and they would be state specific.  I would also consider speaking with an attorney on a consultation basis once you have gathered the information and possibly filled out the forms just to see that all is in place. It will be cheaper since you have done all the work yourself and will save time if you forgot something.  Good luck.


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