Probation is a sentence that a court gives to a defendant rather than having them go to jail. It can be given either before any jail time is served, as a condition of getting out of jail early, or as a regularly scheduled part of the overall punishment after the jail time has been served. While on probation, you must live in an approved home, shelter, halfway house, or other location. If you want to move to a new location, it must first be approved by the courts and/or your probation officer.
Potential Conditions of Probation in Michigan
In Michigan, there are many potential conditions that must be met while on probation. The severity of each of them will be determined primarily by the crime that was committed. Some of the most common conditions of probation are:
What Happens if Probation is Violated
If you violate the terms of your probation, there could be a number of consequences. In some cases, the length of your probation will be extended. In others, the full amount of jail time that you were originally supposed to serve will be enforced. It is also possible that the probation officer and the courts will simply let you off with a warning and have your probation continue, though that is not something you should expect to happen.
While probation is almost always better than jail, it is not something you want to rush right into. If a judge or prosecuting attorney is offering you probation in exchange for a guilty plea, it may not always be a good idea as there can be some collateral consequences to your guilty plea. No matter what probation related issues you are facing, it is always a good idea to have an attorney there to represent your interests and who is on your side. Contact Michigan Gun Law to discuss your situation today.