Q: I am facing a felony non payment child support, what possibilities do I have to stay out of jail?
I am in Pontiac, Michigan. I’ve been arrested, had arraignment, posted a $5,000 cash bond and have a PCC next week. I’m trying to figure out if I will have options to make a “purge” payment or set up payment plan, set up wage garnishment or any other options to help keep me from going to jail. I have 3 other minor children I am responsible for daily. This is my first time I am facing criminal charges of any kind and my family can not afford for me to go away.
A: Talk with your attorney (you should have been appointed one, and you can always hire one of your own choosing). Without knowing your history, and what your judge tends to view these matters, it's impossible to say what will happen. For sure jail is an option. But I've seen several times where people have stayed out of jail. Obviously, the more eager and willing you are to meet your child support obligation, the more likely you will receive the outcome you desire.
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