Oakland County Criminal Attorney Paul J. Tafelski Discusses Whether Someone on Probation is Allowed to Travel
Oakland County criminal attorney Paul J. Tafelski releases a new article (https://www.michigandefenselaw.com/blog/can-you-travel-during-your-probation/) that discusses whether someone on probation is allowed to travel. According to the lawyer, Michigan's probation requires that someone on probation cannot leave the state without permission from the court. This may be possible if the client informs the court that they are traveling for work. The judge will then allow them to travel.
"Other times, they may have a specific trip planned or a specific event coming up, and we can get that permission right at the time of sentencing. But if something comes up while they're on probation that they don't already have permission for--they have to submit a request through their probation officer for permission to leave the state. Otherwise, if they get found out, it could be a violation of probation," says the Oakland County criminal attorney.
The lawyer explains that people under probation must respect their restrictions. It is easy for law enforcement officers to run a background check on someone and catch them if they have broken probation.
Attorney Paul Tafelski mentions that probationers are often allowed to work in order to keep them out of trouble. Probationers must find or keep full-time employment. It may be difficult for some people to manage their jobs. They must pass all exams, report to the probation officer and do community service.
According to the criminal lawyer, "And so that's what I was referring to when I said that people need to understand while their case is going on how important it is to be able to get the least restrictive terms of probation that are possible. This way it doesn't interfere with your job or your life any more than is necessary."
Attorney Tafelski suggests that the court may allow the person to pay some of their fines and costs by allowing them to do additional community service. Sometimes the court will not show sympathy but be firm. Most decisions will be made by the judge or the court.
Lastly, attorney Paul J. Tafelski emphasizes that it is important for someone who is accused of violating their probation to seek the help of a skilled defense lawyer right away. Having an experienced lawyer may be able to help the accused have an effective defense strategy and protect their freedom.
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