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Do 1st OWVI offenders generally have their home searched while on probation?

Ann Arbor, MI |

I just met with my probation officer and they made this comment. I have never heard of this happening before and was wondering at how common this is.

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Usually probation requires that you submit to searches of your home and person by your probation officer without a warrant. They can show up and do random searches just as they can require you to do random drug and alcohol testing. The frequency of this will depend on your probation officer and the norm for that particular probation department. Consult with an experienced criminal attorney in your area for a more in-depth answer.

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Thank you for your advice! Do they vary from court to court? For instance, I know Lansing is near Clinton, Ingham and Eaton county...do those all do things differently?

Jared Clayton Austin

Jared Clayton Austin

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They do. Different as night and day actually. Lansing is actually out located in Ingham County. Each judge and prosecutor have their own little nuances.

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Mr. Austin is correct. I have heard of them doing the searches in Ottawa County. I would say it is rarely done. However, if the probation officer gets a tip or you test positive for drugs, then I would expect some action. So, just keep you nose clean. Good Luck!

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Yes they can and it is legal. They will usually do this upon reasonable suspicion.