Perhaps you’ve gotten yourself in trouble with the law, but instead of spending time in jail, the defense lawyer you’ve hired to take care of your case ensures you that you won’t find yourself behind bars at all. Instead of being incarcerated, you’re now asked to undergo probation, wherein you’re supposed to remain in the state where you’re currently residing.
What happens if you experience unforeseen emergencies? Perhaps a few weeks after your probation begins, one of your parents who lives in another state has a sudden illness, and you simply must visit him or her.
Tips for Travel While on Probation
Here are some travel restrictions that you need to take note of while you’re on probation.
1.) If you have to travel outside of the state where you’re currently residing and serving the terms of your probation, you’ll have to request permission from your probation officer.
The probation you are serving might be the supervised type, wherein you’ll have to report to your probation officer. If you have to travel outside of the state where you’re currently serving your probation, you should ask the permission of your probation officer by way of a written consent letter or form. Your probation officer may or may not grant your request to travel out-of-state depending on your employment as well as past and present habits.
2.) Even if you’ve been allowed by your probation officer to travel, you’ll have to make sure that you aren’t committing any crimes, particularly the same crime that almost landed you in jail.
Assuming that your probation officer granted your request to travel out-of-state, you are not allowed to simply run free and go back to doing illegal activities as you travel. You’re still required by the terms and conditions of your probation to abide by the laws of the state where you’ll travel since you still are not considered a free person. If your probation officer finds out that you violated the terms and conditions of your probation after they permitted you to travel out-of-state, they may order a warrantless arrest against you, and the court that originally handed you probation may send you to jail for real.
3.) If your probation is considered unsupervised, you usually have no travel restrictions, unless your probation documents say otherwise.
Compared to usual probation, wherein you have to notify your officer of your whereabouts, unsupervised probation simply means that you don’t have to report to anyone on a regular basis. However, you should double-check the terms and conditions stated in your probation documents to see if there’s any provision that states you still have to ask for permission when leaving the state where you’re currently serving your probation.
Embrace Law-Abiding Behavior
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly two million adult criminals enter probation each year. If you’re on probation, you should consider yourself lucky that you aren’t in jail right now and are on probation instead, wherein you can go back to your own home under the condition that you’ll display only law-abiding behavior.
Probation doesn’t necessarily mean total freedom for you yet, as you still have the above travel restrictions of which you should take note. You should coordinate closely with your probation officer in case you have to travel out of state, and especially if you must travel out of the country.