You must report to us each time you are given an appointment.
All defendant's on probation are assigned an appointment – even if you are just on with us for payment of minor tickets.
Generally, your appointment is written on your receipt each time you pay.
Each time you miss an appointment with PPS, that missed appointment is logged in your notes. If we have to report to court to speak with a Judge about violations, missed appointments will be used against you in Court!
If you are assigned to PPS, you are on a SUPERVISED PROBATION UNTIL WE TELL YOU OTHERWISE.
You must report IN PERSON and make your own payments unless you speak with Mrs. Marshall and get prior approval to send someone else in to pay for you. You are required to handle your own legal matters.
The office is located at 1028 East Main Street. It is directly across from Dr. Paul Elzey's office and beside what used to be Mo Money Tax Service.
If you travel up Main Street, make a right onto Wingard Street and a right into the PPS parking lot.
The office hours are Monday-Friday; 9 am to Noon and 1 pm until 4:30 pm.
We take lunch promptly at 12:00 and will not open our doors back until 1pm – even if we are in the office eating. This is the same schedule that the Courthouse keeps and it is easier on our staff to designate a one hour period for lunch.
Our doors are locked PROMPTLY at 4:30 pm. We are monitored by a security camera in our GA corporate office and are not allowed to open the doors after we close at 4:30 pm.
The PPS staff will treat you will respect and honesty and be professional at all times.
We expect each defendant to adhere to CONDITION #4 on their sentence sheet which states “behave in a respectful and truthful manner at all times with PPS staff”.
We recognize that a sentence of probation can be inconvenient, and at times financially difficult. It is important for you to recognize that our staff members do not have a personal vendetta against you as the defendant. We are simply required to steer you in the right direction in order to complete the requirements of your sentence. If we tell you “if you do not report a warrant is being issued” that only means that we are following the guidelines set forth in our Standard Operating Procedure.
If a defendant behaves in a disruptive or verbally abusive manner while in the PPS office, a Court hearing will be set and probation revoked. This includes family members that report on your behalf.
Payments are due within the first 2 weeks of each month.
You must report on your scheduled appointment date even if you do not have the full payment.
If you cannot make the full payment, we prefer for you to pay at least ½ of the payment and you will be scheduled weekly until the arrearage is caught up.
If you cannot afford to make your payment, you must report for the appointment to discuss the matter with a PO.
Payments can be made with Cash or Money Order. If you pay cash, you must bring the amount you intend to pay. We are not allowed to make change in the office.
No personal money orders that are drawn off bank accounts are accepted. Acceptable money orders are Wal-mart, Post Office, Gas Station money orders.
If you get a check the first week of the month, your payment will be due the 1 st Friday of every month.
Otherwise, payments are due by the 2 nd Friday of each month.
Know Your Rights! -Taken from the Misdemeanor Probation Handout created by The Law Office of the Southern Center for Human Rights-
The best way to protect your rights while on probation is to take your probation requirements seriously and comply with your probation officers instructions! Even if you are placed on probation for a minor offense, you can be jailed for failing to fulfill probation conditions.
Always report to probation! Many people fail to report to probation after the first few appointments. Not reporting to probation can land you in jail. Always report to probation, even if you do not have all the money that you owe.
You must make efforts to find employment and pay as much as you can. “Willfull” failure to pay can result in jail.
If you cannot afford to pay your fines, it is your responsibility to provide the probation department with written documentation to support your financial hardship (ie. Copies of check stubs, bills, SSI).
If you do not have the whole amount, pay as much as you can.
PPS charges a MONTHLY probation fee each month that you are on supervised probation. This IS NOT a one-time fee.
PPS fees run from the 1 st to the 31st. Therefore, each time a new month rolls around – a new fee is due.
Fees will be added to your monthly payment. If the Judge orders you to pay $100 per month, then your monthly payment will actually be $135 per month. The Judge's are aware of this.
The payment that you are given is a MINIMUM PAYMENT. We encourage you to pay as much as possible each time you make a payment, in order, to pay off your fines as quickly as possible.
Most individuals on supervised probation can pay in full and be transferred to unsupervised probation (with the exception of drug and alcohol cases, or otherwise sentenced to remain on PPS). You can come by the office to get a payoff balance at anytime.
We charge $15 each time a random drug screen is given.
We consider our office to be a “safe zone” which means our staff will not call law enforcement out to enforce a warrant if you report to our office. Typically, we only have disruptive defendants arrested or removed from our office. Do not hesitate to report to work out what you need on your case to complete your file.
We are required to issue warrants if you miss repeated appointments, get new charges, have mail returned.
Once a warrant is issued, you are generally required to pay a case in full to have the warrant recalled. If a warrant is issued on your case, give Mrs. Marshall a call to find out what you need to do or report to the office and we will tell you in person. Again, you will not be arrested for reporting to our office.
We will not give out information to family members regarding a warrant case unless your are already in Custody.
If arrested, you cannot bond out on a violation of probation warrant. You will have to pay all Probation Fees, Fines, and Warrant fees to be released.