24th District Court     


 

Probation Department

The probation department is open from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday (except for Court Holidays).  

 

Overview of the Department
Probation Reporting
Alcohol Self Test

 

 


Overview of the Department

It is within the court's jurisdiction to place defendants convicted of crimes on probation.  The 24th District Court's probation officers supervise these individuals during a specified time period and ensure that defendants comply with all of the conditions ordered by the Court.

Probation can be an alternative to a jail sentence.  In most cases, defendants are allowed to continue with their daily routine and are given a chance to demonstrate to the Court that they do not belong in jail.  Therefore, if a defendant fails to comply with all conditions ordered under their probation, the Court may order incarceration as a result of the violation.

There are various conditions which may be ordered as part of a defendant's probation.  These include educational or treatment programs, fines and court costs, submitting to substance abuse screening tests and /or monthly reports with a probation officer.  Any non-compliance with the court's order of probation, including the commission of another offense during the supervision period, may result in being brought back before the court for additional penalties, including jail time.

Probation officers use a variety of resources in order to help defendants who are convicted of crimes.  It has been determined that providing the proper assistance to defendants is instrumental in deterring future criminal behavior and improving his or her chance of future success.  While the court can impose a sentence and require that the defendant comply with various orders, only the individual has the power to affect lifestyle changes.  These programs are designed to assist the defendant along that path.

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Probation Reporting

If you are placed on reporting probation, you will be required to meet with a probation officer, once per month, or as often as the officer may require.  Probation reporting is held on Thursdays in two different shifts – the first being in the morning from 8:30 AM until 11:45 AM and the second being in the afternoon from 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM.

You are required to report to your probation officer during the scheduled time.  Remember that failure to report for probation at your assigned time is in fact a violation of your order of sentence.  Only extreme circumstances, such as a severe medical problem, death in your immediate family or automobile accident would be grounds to reschedule.  If a situation like this occurs, you must provide proof (such as a doctor’s note or proof of auto repair) to the probation department.

If you are ordered to attend any educational or treatment programs, it is up to you to insure that your probation officer receives confirmation of enrollment, attendance, and completion of the program.  This can be done by having the treatment provider send proof to the probation department or you may bring in proof during your probation reporting.  In addition, if you are ordered to attend A.A. or N.A. Support Group meetings, you are required to bring your sign-in attendance sheets into all scheduled probation reports. 

If you are placed on mail-in reporting, you are required to fill out a form, given to you by a probation officer, each month.  These forms must be received by the court on the first day of each month.  Remember, if other conditions (such as attendance at a support group meeting or completion of a treatment program) are ordered, you are still responsible for providing proof of compliance to the Court.

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Alcohol Self Test

Click HERE to take the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test (short version), a public-domain self-test that is useful in identifying potential drinking problems.  

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