Experienced Defense Lawyers for St. Clair County
If a judge sentences you to jail 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 face sentencing in St. Clair County Circuit Court or the 72nd District Court in Port Huron or Marine City, it is possible to keep your job, even if the judge sentences you to serve jail time. If you’ve already been sentenced to probation and jail time and want to seek permission to work, you must file a motion for a work pass and get approval from your judge. Here is what you need to know about St. Clair County Work Release.
Sentence to St. Clair County Work Release
The best option is to request a work pass during sentencing. In the Circuit Court, St. Clair County Work Release is called a “work pass.” 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. A lawyer must be exceptionally prepared to prove the defendant has a job during sentencing. They 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 received a jail sentence as a condition of probation, it is possible to request a work pass after sentencing. A lawyer will file a written argument with the court called a motion. 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 St. Clair County Work Release will be permitted.
Eligibility Requirements for a Work Pass
Courts reserve work release and work passes 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. Prosecutors and judges regard our team as highly effective. We have an unparalleled track record of successfully defending clients in Port Huron, Marine City, and throughout St. Clair County, Michigan. If you face felony or misdemeanor charges, call us. We will find a way to help you.
Call us today at (248) 263-6800 for a free consultation or complete an online Request for Assistance Form. We will contact you promptly and find a way to help you.