If you are sentenced for a felony or misdemeanor in St. Clair County Circuit Court or the 72nd District Court, there is an option for you to keep your job. Your lawyer can request that your judge approve a work pass or work release.
Keeping your Job in St. Clair County
If you are being sentenced in St. Clair County Circuit Court or in the 72nd District Court, in Port Huron or Marine City, it is possible to keep your job, even if you are sentenced to jail time. If you’ve already been sentenced to probation and jail time and you want to seek permission to work, you will have to file a motion for a work pass and get permission from your judge.
Sentence to Work Release
The best option is to request a work pass at the time of sentencing. In the St. Clair County Circuit Court, work release is called a “work pass” and it is available in felony and misdemeanor cases. The County Sheriff will charge the inmate a fee based on a prorated portion of the wages earned. To get permission to work, a lawyer must be extremely prepared at the time of sentencing to prove the defendant has a job and he must make a persuasive and credible argument that the defendant is reliable enough to be trusted to leave the jail and return.
Requesting Work Release After Sentencing
If a defendant has been sentenced to jail as part of a sentence that includes probation, it is possible to request a work pass after sentencing. A lawyer will file a motion, which is a written argument filed with the court. The prosecutor may or may not oppose the motion and a good defense lawyer may be able to help the prosecutor see the value in allowing the defendant to keep a job. The motion gets scheduled for a hearing before the court and the judge decides if work release will be permitted.
Who can get work release in St. Clair County?
Work release or work passes are reserved for non-violent inmates who can prove they have legitimate employment. Work passes are only available with the sentencing judge’s permission.
St. Clair County Criminal Defense
The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. regularly appears in St. Clair County Circuit Court and the 72nd Judicial District Courts. Our lawyers are widely regarded as highly effective and they have an unparalleled track record for successfully defending clients in Port Huron, Marine City, and throughout St. Clair County Michigan. If you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense, call us today at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form and we will promptly contact you.