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    WHAT IS WWAM?

    The WWAM program (Weekend & Weekday Alternative for Misdemeanants) is designed as an alternative to jail for misdemeanor defendants.  WWAM is routinely used by 52-3 District Court Judges Nicholson and  Asadoorian, and 48th District Court Judges Barron and D'Agostini.  I have numerous issues with WWAM, which include:

    • There is a pay per day fee to participate in WWAM
    • It is believed participants in WWAM are subjected to an alcohol test upon arrival
    • The participants are under the direct supervision of Oakland County deputies
    • The whole program is premised under the notion that it is an alternative to a jail sentence
    • There are strict rules which the participants have to follow, otherwise they will be immediately discharged from the program
    • It is believed the participants meet at the jail and ride in a county vehicle to the destination, which is directly under the control of the Oakland County Sheriff
    • A Judge in the 52-3rd District Court has referred to the WWAM program on the record as “hard labor.”
    • It is believed the participant’s money order is written directly to Oakland County Community     Corrections Division
    • WWAM, the Weekend Alternative Misdemeanor program, was created as an alternative to jail     sentences, thus implying that a jailable sentence would be required to participate in the program in the first place.

    ´╗┐IS WWAM A LEGAL SENTENCE IN MIP CASES?

    I have successfully argued that although WWAM is presented as community service, the fact of the matter is that it is much more akin to jail.  WWAM, or its family of quasi-jail service sentences is not mentioned within the MIP Statute and is therefore not a permissible sentence.  Because of this, the district courts are without authority to impose this sentence.

    AN OAKLAND COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE HAS FOUND WWAM TO BE UNLAWFUL IN AN MIP PROBATION VIOLATION/CONTEMPT OF COURT CASE

    Recently, I argued before the Oakland County Circuit Court that my client could not legally receive WWAM Weekends for allegedly violating his probation.  Along with winning on other grounds, the Court found that the use of WWAM in MIP Minor in Possession cases is unlawful.  Check out the written opinion here.