One Year in Jail Time Avoided after Fourth Probation Violation
Nicole Kettwick’s client was accused of violating probation on a prior DWI conviction, in Sherburne County. Nicole’s client had three previous probation violations on this conviction, meaning this was her fourth violation.
Corrections accused Nicole’s client of violating the terms of her probation by failing to provide for urinalysis upon request, and failing to abstain from the use of mood-altering chemicals due to use of alcohol. Given the serious nature of the underlying charges and the numerous violations, Nicole’s client was facing a year in jail.
Prior to her Probation Violation Hearing, Nicole helped her client enter a treatment program through Minnesota Teen Challenge and negotiated with corrections and the prosecutor. As a result, despite corrections and the prosecutor originally wanting her to serve one year in jail, Nicole’s client received only eight days in jail and was reinstated on probation. Allowing for another opportunity to successfully complete the terms of probation despite this being the fourth violation.