88-2 District Court Probation Division
Annette Porter is the Chief Probation Officer for Montmorency County District Court.
Office hours are as follows:
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 8:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
- 88-2 District Court Probation Office
- 12265 M-32 - P.O. Box 789
- Atlanta, MI 49709
- 989-785-8035 Ext. 241
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What is Probation?
Probation is a sentencing alternative that allows the offender to live in the community under the supervision of a probation officer. It is based on the philosophy that the rehabilitation of some offenders will occur through the benefit from the support and encouragement of a supervised freedom rather than the need for long term incarceration. A supervised term of probation begins at the moment of sentencing. An average district court probation term will generally span six months to two years. The term is decided by the judge and monitored by a probation officer. The judge will also set a jail penalty or hold a jail penalty in abeyance, which may be enforced if the probation terms are not followed.
Alcohol Assessment Screening
Before you are sentenced on any alcohol-related offense, the state requires that an alcohol screening/assessment be completed. The purpose of this screening/assessment is to assess and recommend rehabilitation programs. Your cooperation during this process will be reflected in the report that is provided to the Judge.
Changes in Your Information
It is your responsibility to keep your Probation Officer informed of any significant changes such as address and employment. It is imperative that if you have any contact with the police or receive a new charge during your probation term, that you immediately notify your Probation Officer. Address changes should also be made at the District Court office.
What is Your Responsibility?
You should make probation a priority. The more you commit, the less likely you will find yourself violating the terms of your probation and possibly serving a jail term. Hopefully, probation will be an opportunity for you to make significant and positive changes in your life, which will keep you from returning to the court system. The following are a few suggestions that could assist you in having a successful probation experience:
Take responsibility for your actions.
Follow the terms of your probation.
Maintain honesty with your probation officer.
Arrive on time and avoid missing appointments.
Keep your probation officer updated with any significant changes and legal involvement.
Avoid associating with people whose poor influences are thereby tempting you to engage in further illegal activity and behaviors.
Leaving the State
You may travel anywhere you wish within the state of Michigan. However, if you would like to leave the state, you will need to inform your probation officer in writing prior to leaving. You will need to provide the dates of your trip, location and your accommodations with an address and phone number.
Before you are sentenced by the Judge for the charges found against you, the Judge may require that a presentence investigation be conducted. You will be referred to the Probation Department for this investigation. You will be notified by mail from the District Court for your scheduled appointment. The purpose of a presentence report is to provide the Judge with additional information about you and your crime and make recommendations so that the Judge may impose at sentencing. Your cooperation during this process will be reflected in the presentence report.
All fines and court fees assessed in your case are scheduled to be paid by a due date ordered by the judge. If you do not have fees paid in full by that date, then you will need to appear in court for a scheduled "Show Cause" hearing. This is usually set for the same day that your fees are due. Payment of all court fees is to be made at the 88-2 District Court Office, also located at 12265 M32 Atlanta, MI 49709. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The Court only accepts payments by cash, money order, cashier checks or credit cards (See Below). Payments may be mailed to P.O. Box 789, Atlanta, MI 49709. Be sure to include your name and docket number written clearly on the money order or cashier's check. You may make payments in any monetary amount until paid in full by the due date, or you may pay in full at one time.
Credit Card Payments
Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card payments can be made with PayGov.us in the District Court Office by Clicking HERE
or by calling the District Court at (989) 785-8035. There is a 3% fee for all credit card transactions.
Please have your case/ticket number and payment amount available.