Probation can be ordered by a Wisconsin Circuit Court as an alternative to prison or jail sentences, in conjunction with less prison or jail time, or as a condition of parole or other jail or prison term releases. During probation, the probationee (person on probation) is supervised by a probation officer, allowed to serve probation at home, and given conditions of probation that must be met or probation can revoked. Probation places the probationee into the custody of a probation officer. Prosecuting attorneys push probation as an easy alternative, but it is not. Probation should not be taken lightly. Probation Rules - Conditions of Probation Probation is intended to restrict a person's liberties. A court can order a person to serve a term of probation for many years, as well as extend an existing probation order. A court can also (and usually does) order an entire list of “conditions” or rules that one must abide by while on probation. While conditions of probation are entirely at the court's discretion, the conditions should be relevant to the crime. Whenever unreasonable probationary conditions are imposed, your criminal defense attorney can help you. Examples of typical probationary conditions are listed below. •Fines. In addition to the fines imposed by a court for a criminal conviction, a probation officer is paid a fee to watch the person who is on probation. Those fees must be paid to the officer each month. A failure to pay the fees usually results in a revocation of probation. •Curfews. For example, a probation condition or probation officer may require the person on probation to be at home at a certain time each day. •Work. Probationary conditions can include required work hours, as well as the number of hours that a person must work each week. •Residence. Probation conditions can restrict where a person lives, and in the instances where a person has been convicted of a sexual offense, the conditions can include the distance that a person's residence is from a school or other places where children gather. •Friends. A court can order a condition of probation that prohibits a person on probation from hanging out with certain friends. •Decorations. For example, a probation officer may refuse to allow a person who is on probation for a sex offense to decorate for Halloween. Probation Officer's Limits (Or Rights) A probation officer has few limits on his authority to direct the behavior and actions of a person whom he supervises under probation rules. A probation officer can revoke freedom and order a person who is on probation into jail for weekends or evenings or until a court hearing for revocation of probation. A probation officer can make life very miserable, mandate curfew times, change curfew times, and restrict friends without court intervention. In addition to placing restrictions on the life of the person placed on probation, probation also restricts the lives of the people with whom the person on probation lives. A probation officer can visit you at his or her whim, without notice, and without a reason. The probation officer can then search your entire home whether you have a roommate or live alone. If the probation officer finds evidence of a violation to probation, regardless of whether it is your marijuana roach or a roommate's half empty bottle of beer haphazardly left in your room, the probation officer can take action including ordering the person on probation back to jail. In all instances, a probation officer will be the key witness at any revocation hearing, and play a key role in any alternative to revocation that may be offered or ordered by a court. Free but professional "first-impression" analysis If you are under investigation or have been arrested for any crime, or if you have already been convicted of a crime and believe your conviction to be wrong or your sentence too harsh, please call (608) 350-1004 or email the Attorneys at Tracey Wood & Associates right away. An Attorney at Tracey Wood & Associates will provide you with a brief but professional free "first-impression" analysis of your appeal based on the facts that you are able to convey. You can also submit your case online or email the attorneys.
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