My question involves criminal law for the state of: Wyoming
Hi, this involves a friend of mine. Never been arrested for anything in her life before. She was arrested about 14 months ago felony check fraud. Sentenced to 5 years probation with possibility of getting thrown out after a year if all requirements were met. Never served jail time for that crime. Well, about 2 ago she was caught visiting a friend in Ohio. The next day she boarded a flight back to turn herself in. When she arrived at her P.O's office he arrested her without warrant and she then served 21 days in jail before being released on bond. She is due back in court in about 2 weeks for the probation violation charge. She currently has a public defender which is not helping much (which is why I am seeking assistance on whether she should look into hiring an attorney). She saw her probation officer today and he said she most likely has 2 options.
Option 1: Be put on Intensive Supervisory Probation. Which I am not sure what that is but it doesn't sound good.
Option 2: Go into a halfway house.
While she served her 21 days in jail she spent that time asking her fellow inmates about their cases and such. Finding out that several of the girls are repeat offenders of their probation and not even having close to the punishment that she could possibly have.
Now here is my opinion: While she did violate her probation, she has done everything she was required as part of her probation requirements. How can they bump up her punishment that much? My feelings is that she should try and ask for continuation of her original probation and possibly serve out the 5 years. The biggest part for her is that she is trying to move to Ohio and is afraid that if she is put on ISP or goes into a halfway house that moving will be out of the question. And yes i know that she still needs court permission to move.
Ultimately I am just looking for some assistance on this case. If you could please help that would be great. Thank you very much.