Probation is an alternative to incarceration which allows an offender to live and function within a community under the supervision of a probation agent. A supervised term of probation begins at the moment of sentencing. The average term of district court probation is six months to two years. Probation agents are responsible for making recommendations to the court prior to an individual being sentenced, and for post-sentence supervision, counseling, and referrals. Probation agents use a variety of resources such as educational and treatment programs to help a defendant make lifestyle changes that will improve his or her chance of future success.
The 15th Judicial District Court Probation Department consists of a supervisor, six probation agents, and one clerical support staff member.
Phone Numbers and Addresses:
15th Judicial District Court
P.O. Box 8650
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8650
Physical Location for Pre-sentence Interviews & Reporting:
15th Judicial District Court Probation Department
301 E. Huron St., 4th Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Pre-sentence Interview (PSI)
After a defendant pleads guilty to or is convicted of a crime, the defendant will be advised to contact the Probation Department to schedule a pre-sentence interview. At least one week prior to the interview date, the defendant is to complete and submit a Client Information Questionairre(PDF 164KB) to the Probation Department. At the pre-sentence interview the probation agent and defendant will discuss the defendant's previous traffic and criminal history, current employment status, and family situation. The probation agent may also do an alcohol/drug assessment to determine if treatment is warranted. The information gathered by the probation agent will be used to inform and advise the court regarding the defendant's likelihood for success on probation.
If you are placed on reporting probation, you will be required to meet with a probation officer in person or by mail at least once each month, or as often as the probation agent may require. Failure to report to your probation agent at your assigned time is a violation of your sentence. Only explanations such as a severe medical problem, a car accident, or a death in your immediate family would be acceptable reasons for missing your appointment. If a dire situation like one of these occur, contact your agent immediately with the explanation and be prepared to provide proof such as a medical doctor's note or proof of automobile repair to your probation agent.
If you are ordered to attend any educational or treatment programs, it is up to you to insure that your probation agent 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 by mail or by fax. You are ultimately responsible for making sure proof was provided. Therefore, you may also want to have copies of any paperwork with you on your next report date. In addition, if you are ordered to attend A.A. or N.A. support group meetings, you are required to bring your attendance sheets to all scheduled probation report appointments.
If you are placed on mail-in reporting, you are required to fill out any forms given to you by your probation agent. These forms must be received by your agent on or before the 15th of each month (unless otherwise specified). Remember, if any conditions such as attendance at a support group meeting, completion of a treatment program, or participation in an educational program are ordered, you are responsible for submitting proof of compliance along with your reporting forms to your agent.
If you have a change in address, employment, or any other significant changes in status, it is your responsibility to inform your probation agent. If you have any contact with the police during your probation term, whether or not any new charges are filed, you must immediately inform your probation agent. If you have an address change, you must also notify the 15th Judicial District Court Traffic/Criminal Clerk's office, 301 E. Huron St., P.O. Box 8650, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48107-8650.
Most defendants are restricted from consuming or using alcohol and/or drugs as a condition of probation. If you are taking any over the counter remedies or prescribed medications inform your probation agent prior to testing. A doctor's note may be required. You may be required to submit to random preliminary breath tests to detect alcohol in your body. This test is free of charge if performed at the probation department; testing hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 9 a.m. If the test is performed at one of the police or testing agencies, you will be responsible for paying any fees. You may also be required to submit to a drug urinalysis to detect use of any illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. There will be a fee due to the testing facility. The fee will vary, usually between $6 and $25, depending on the number of drugs tested for and the number of panels needed. You will also need picture identification such as a driver's license or State I.D. card. If you do not have picture I.D. inform you probation officer.
Fines, Costs, & Fees
Court fines and costs ordered by the judges should be paid on the date of sentencing unless other arrangements have been made with the court. Payment of court assessed fines and costs can be made in person or by mail to the 15th Judicial District Court Clerk, 301 E. Huron St., P.O. Box 8650, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48107-8650. If paying in person, the court accepts payments by cash, personal check (no starter checks), money order, cashiers check, Mcard, Visa, MasterCard or Discover. The payment office is located on the fourth floor of the Ann Arbor Justice Center, room 431. If paying by mail, make sure to clearly write your name, phone number, and case number on your money order, cashiers check, or personal check.
Probation fees are assessed in addition to court fines and costs. Probation fees can be paid on a monthly basis or in full. Any payments made on your case will automatically be applied in the following order: (1) victim payments, (2) court fines and costs, (3) probation oversight fees, and (4) any other assessments including suspension clearance fees and police agency recovery fees.
Any amounts assessed by the court must be paid in full before the end of your probation term. Failure to pay the amounts assessed on your case is a violation of your sentence and may subject you to additional penalties.
to Michigan Law (MCL 769.1k (7)), Michigan Courts must provide information
about any fine, cost, or assessment that may be imposed at sentencing. For more information please refer to: Information about any Fine, Cost or Assessment Imposed (PDF 364 KB)
Notice Regarding Check Payments: All checks are approved for acceptance and cleared electronically by Telecheck check verification service upon presentation to the Court.