Frequently Asked Questions
is probation? How long will I be placed on probation?
Probation is an alternative
to incarceration. The length of probation is determined by the judge at
the time of sentencing.
is the difference between Active and Inactive probation?
Active probation means that you must report to your probation officer.
Generally, you will report once per month. Inactive probation means that
you need not report to your probation officer during the balance of your
Who is my probation officer?
Your probation officer will be assigned by the judge at the time of sentencing.
At the Shaker Heights Municipal Court, probation officers are assigned
based on the type of offense(s) committed.
How does home arrest work?
The defendant is under the supervision of Shaker Heights Court, but remains
in his/her own home instead of being incarcerated. The defendant wears
an electronic monitoring device to ensure compliance. The defendant pays
for the cost of the monitoring device.
How does the ignition interlock work? How much
does it cost?
The driver must periodically blow into the interlock machine, which is
installed in his/her vehicle. If any alcohol is detected on the drivers
breath, the interlock machine will shut the car off. The defendant must
pay the installation and daily fees. If the interlock system is ordered,
the defendant will receive specific information about it when arranging
his/her driving privileges with the probation officer.
If my license has been suspended by this court
as a result of a DUI conviction, how can I obtain driving privileges?
You must file a written motion for limited driving privileges. The cost to
file this motion is $35.00. The judge reviews and rules on your request.
I perform community service in lieu of paying my fines and court costs?
The judge may grant the defendant the opportunity to perform community
service in lieu of paying fines and costs. A $100.00 credit toward the
amount due will be granted for each full day worked. The probation department
schedules community service.
Are appointments for the Probation Department
available on Saturday or Sunday?
No. The Probation Department is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday
Do you have a First Offenders Program?
Yes. However, the privilege of being placed on the First Offenders
Program is strictly at the discretion of the judge.
How many points are on my driving record?
The number of points accumulated on a persons driving record can
be found by contacting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. A link to the Ohio Department of Public Safety is on the "LINKS" page.
Can I have my DUI conviction expunged?
No. Traffic offense convictions cannot be expunged.