My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan
Part of my probation terms stipulate that I need to find employment. However, I'm a stay at home mom, and have been for several years. Each time I visit my PO they tell me it's not an issue when I tell them I have not found a job because I stay home with my child. Today I panicked and called my attorney because I had the 3rd PO in as many months and he just looked at me with a blank stare when I told him I stayed at home with my child and had not found a job. He said it 'wasn't a problem' but he looked confused and I don't want to mess anything up. I called my attorney and he said that YES I would be in violation if I didn't have a job because it was on my probation order. We managed to get in front of the judge within 15 minutes of that call, and he revised my conditions, allowing me to perform 20 more hours of community service in lieu of finding employment. I'm already a little upset with my attorney, I paid him good money to know me and my case. He knew all along I was a stay at home mom, so why didn't he get this revised back in the beginning? Anyway, my questions are:
1) Does your PO tell you if your in violation of your probation, or do they wait until your probation is over and then tell you that you've violated? I just can't imagine what would have happened if I went through this entire ordeal only to come out at the other end and be in violation for something I freely admitted that I was unable to do.
2) Is it possible to not be in violation of your probation if you do not get a job? What if you were looking but unable to find one? How does the PO indicate this, and does the judge take these things into consideration?
3) Can the state MAKE you work as part of your probation if you do not work, or need to work? What is the purpose of making a stay at home mom get a job? I would have to get daycare and re organize my entire life for this?