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Contents

            Electronic Book Contents

            Requirements to Use

            Using this Ebook

            Filling in RTF Forms

            Printing

            Problem Solving

            Support


Ebook Contents

Get Off Probation is a file you use with software programs that are already installed on your computer. When you successfully expand the archive file "LITRC.ZIP," save it to a folder or directory on your hard disk (we recommend saving it to C:\GetoffProbation). Since this is not a software program in and of itself, you will not run a set up or create icons, and no icons or program groups are added to the Start Menu (Windows) or your computer's desktop (Macintosh).

The expanded archive contains all components of this electronic book:

  • Read_First.htm, contains the instructions on how to use this product. (This is the file you are now viewing).
  • GetOffProbatiion.pdf is the main document and the ebook.  This file is in PDF format (portable document format) and must be used in conjunction with Acrobat Reader or Adobe Reader (see below).
  • Forms, a directory (or folder) containing the files listed below.

LIST OF FILES IN THE FORMS DIRECTORY

The following files are in RTF format:

Read_First.htm:        Explains in detail how to use this ebook and the additional files.  This is the file you are currently looking viewing.

 

Form01_GOP.rtf:      Defendant’s Notice of Hearing and Motion to Terminate Probation. (Must attach Motion to Terminate Probation Early                                  to Notice of Hearing.  Use if the court allows you to schedule a Hearing before filing the Motion to Terminate Defendant’s                          Probation Early.)  See Chapter Seven, pages 37 to 41.  (Use this motion if you have scheduled a hearing prior to filing your                                 motion with the court.  This should be filed with your Motion to Terminate Probation.)

 

Form02_GOP.rtf:      Defendant’s Motion to Terminate Probation. See Chapter Six, pages 31 to 36 and Chapter Ten, pages 48 to 58.

 

Form03_GOP.rtf:      Defendant’s Notice of Hearing:  Use this form if the court requires you to first file your Motion to Terminate Probation                                before you can schedule a hearing.  See Chapter Seven, pages 37 to 41.  (Use this motion if you scheduled your hearing                                    after filing your motion with the court.)

 

Form04_GOP.rtf:      Judge’s Order Granting Defendant’s Motion to Terminate Probation.  Most likely you will not have to submit the                                             judge’s order to the court.  (This is more common in smaller courts.  Ask the court clerk or the judge’s assistant if you need                                     to write this motion.)  See Chapt. Nine, pages 45 to 47.

 

Form05_GOP.rtf:      Judge’s Order Denying Defendant’s Motion to Terminate Probation.  Most likely you will not have to submit the                                             judge’s order to the court.  (This is more common in smaller courts.  Ask the court clerk or the judge’s assistant if you need                                     to write this motion.)  See Chapter Nine, pages 45 to 47.

(The following states have specific forms you must use to ask the court to terminate probation early:  Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin.  Links to these forms are provided in the Appendix listed under the name of each state.)


PLEASE NOTE: It’s a good idea to review Chapter Ten: Step by Step to determine how to properly format and serve your motion to terminate probation.  

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Requirements to Use

You will need Adobe Reader to open, read, and print out GetOffProbation.pdf (the main file). Adobe Reader  is available for a free download at Adobe.

Note for Mac Users: If you are using a Mac and encounter difficulties using the PDF file, check that you are using Adobe Reader rather than Adobe Preview.

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Using This Electronic Book

This electronic book is in PDF format and is intended to be viewed using Adobe Reader. Your best source for help using Adobe Reader is Adobe Reader's online help (accessible through its Help menu). Below, however, you will find some specific tips on using Get Off Probation.

Opening the Book

Find the main file GetOffProbation.pdf in the directory/folder you created when you initially expanded the Zip archive file. The default folder is C:\GetOffProbation. Double click the file GetOffProbation.pdf. This should launch Adobe Reader and open the electronic book.

Navigating Within This Electronic Book

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In addition to the standard Reader navigation, we've added the following features to your eBook to make it easier to use:

The Electronic Table of Contents (Bookmarks)

When you first open the book, you will see the electronic table of contents at the left of the screen. Reader calls these headings bookmarks. By clicking on a bookmark, you can instantly jump to the corresponding page of the book.

Links

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Filling in RTF Forms Using Your Word Processor

The form files in rich text format (RTF) can be read by most recent word processing programs for Windows and Macintosh, including MS Word, WordPad, and WordPerfect.

To create your own documents: (1) open a file in your word processor; (2) edit the form by filling in the required information, following the instructions in the electronic book; (3) print it out; (4) save your revised file.

For questions about how to use your word processor, consult the help provided for your word processing program. We cannot answer questions about other companies' products.

Opening a Form File

All forms can be directly accessed from Acrobat Reader or Adobe Reader. The RTF files are indexed in the electronic table of contents (bookmarks) of the main book file (GetOffProbation.pdf) under the heading "Forms From the CD-ROM." Click the name of the form you wish to open. If you have a word processor installed that understands RTF, Adobe Reader should launch that program and open the file you selected.

If you have problems opening the form files from Adobe Reader, launch your word processing program, then try opening the files again from Adobe Reader, as described above.

If you are still having problems, open the form files from the Forms directory. Use My Computer or Windows Explorer(Windows 2000, XP, or Vista) or the Finder (Macintosh) to go to the GetOffProbation\Forms directory. Then, double click the specific RTF form file you want to open.

If the file isn't loaded, or if it contains garbage characters, use your word processor's Open command. This opens a dialog box in which you will tell the program (1) the type of file you want to open (*.RTF) and (2) the location and name of the file. (You will need to navigate to C:\GetOffProbation\Forms).

For a list of all of the forms included in the FORMS directory, see above.

Editing Your Document

Fill in the appropriate information according to the instructions in GetOffProbation.pdf. Brackets are used to indicate where you need to enter your information; Inside the brackets are instructions on what information needs to be inserted. To find these quickly, use your word processor's search command to go to the next blank by searching for a left bracket character ([). Once you've created your document, delete the bracketed instructions. 

Where there are alternative clauses or language within a form, choose the one that applies to your situation and delete the clauses that do not apply. In some instances, you will have to renumber the paragraphs that follow deleted clauses. Also, delete any optional language you do not wish to include.

Saving Your Document

After filling in the form, use the "save as" command to give the file a new name and save it. These files are "read-only" so that you'll need to rename it first before saving it. This way, you will be able to create additional documents using the same form files.

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Printing

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Problem Solving

 

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Support

If you don't find your answer, you can e-mail us at getoffprobation@gmail.com.

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