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3 things you may not know could violate your probation

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Probation Violations

When you are on probation, you need to understand the terms and conditions to avoid any unintentional violations. While some probation requirements may seem straightforward, some lesser-known actions can lead to a violation.

There are 3 surprising ways that you could violate your probation without realizing it.

1. Associating with known felons

One often overlooked probation condition is the prohibition of associating with known felons. This means you cannot have any contact, whether in person, over the phone or through social media, with individuals convicted of a felony. Even if the person is a close friend or family member, associating with them could result in a probation violation.

2. Failing to report a change of address

If you move to a new residence while on probation, it is your responsibility to notify your probation officer within a specified timeframe, usually within a couple of days. Failing to report a change of address can qualify as a violation of your probation, even if you did not intend to deceive anyone. Make sure to keep your probation officer informed of any changes in your living situation.

3. Traveling across state lines

Depending on the terms of your probation, you may have travel restrictions. These restrictions often prohibit traveling outside your county or state without prior permission from your probation officer. In those cases, you must request and obtain approval before making any travel plans, even if it is for a short trip or an emergency. Failing to do so could violate your probation.

Since probation violations often result in jail time, you should make every effort to avoid these instances and protect your freedom.