The Conditions of Department of Corrections Supervision
In continuing our series on Probation, Parole and Extended Supervision in Wisconsin, today we are going to discuss the typical conditions of Department of Corrections supervision.
As we mentioned in the first post, rules and regulations will usually be outlined specifically by the judge during your sentencing. Other conditions will be introduced by the Department of Corrections agent at the beginning of this arrangement. This may include attending special rehabilitation, counseling, schooling, work or other programs.
Under Wisconsin law, there are certain restrictions that will be placed on you during your supervision period. This includes restrictions on the possession of firearms (even for hunting), voting and other civil rights, driving a vehicle and traveling outside of Wisconsin. If you have any doubts, it’s always best to check with your agent first. Breaking your given rules and regulations could result in an investigation (during which you will be jailed) or the complete revocation of your supervision.
In some cases, you may be ordered to pay certain fines, including court costs and other legal fees, or to perform the equivalent amount of community service. You may be asked to pay restitution to the victim or other fees. One important monetary requirement is your supervision fee. This will depend on your financial situation and the agreement you make with your agent at the beginning of your supervision.
Why do you have to pay this fee? Under 1995 WI Act 27, it’s the law to pay a portion of the supervision expenses monthly by cashier’s check or money order. The amount is based on your gross income and/or your spouse’s income, adjusting according to any fluctuations in your salary.
Failure to make this payment could result in extension of your supervision term, loss of tax refunds or future earnings, a wage assignment, revocation, electronic monitoring, disciplinary detention for up to five days or loss of certain freedoms/privileges in your supervision. But your agent will work with you to come up with a plan that works best for your financial situation.
Are you facing court-ordered supervision by the Department of Corrections? The experienced Waukesha and Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. can help protect your rights. Contact us now at 262-549-5979 to discuss your case — the first meeting is on us. You can also fill out our criminal defense intake form for a prompt response.