so im due to court this wednesday and the outcome is gong to be 12 months probation in the state of texas. my question is during this time i know it is probation rules to not leave the city/county, but i am one to travel a lot and just visit a few cities through out the year. my question is what is the possibilities of this still happening and what needs to be done to have this approved? am i better off being up front with the probation officer and letting them know a head of time and see if i could this approved or would i be able to fly out and come back un noticed? my trips usually last no longer than 4 days so i really wouldnt be gone that long.

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i guess what im really looking for is, does anyone have any first hand experience of traveling while on probation?


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If getting permission is a condition of probation, you absolutely need permission. Violating probation is a good way to land in jail.


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thanks for this, this was perfect.


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would i be able to fly out and come back un noticed

Don't do this. You'll likely end up in jail. Ask permission from your probation officer well in advance and only travel if permission is granted, or suck it up and don't travel for a year- I promise you won't shrivel up and die if you stay local for a year.


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IANAL, but I was once on probation for a year. Typically, any travel outside jurisdiction must absolutely be approved and signed off on beforehand.

If it is approved, they will give you official papers stating when you are allowed to leave, when you must return and where you are traveling to and are expected to remain for the duration of your travel. You must keep these papers on you at all times in case you have a run-in with the law. If you don't, you're considered a fugitive.

That being said, they probably won't approve vacation/sight-seeing travel just because you gotta get away from it all. In my case, the only travel permits I got were for court-ordered visitation with my son and were given begrudgingly. Probation is a punishment and, as such, they aren't very keen on giving you a reprieve on that punishment for you to take a vacation.

EDIT: typo fixes


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You're asking two questions here:

Do I need to ask permission before travelling outside the jurisdiction?

What happens if I just don't ask for permission, and what kind of trip could I get away with?

Rule of thumb: always ask permission while on probation. Your probation officer would much prefer having to answer a question like that, then have to get a warrant issued for your arrest because you're left the jurisdiction without permission. You need to ask permission from your probation officer, and then abide by whatever rules they give you. You're on probation - you can't just up and leave.

As for the second question, no-one here is silly enough to tell you how or what you can "get away" with - you're on probation. The Court is giving you a chance to get out of jail on the basis of seeming like a trustworthy person. Breaking the rules is an excellent way to lose that priviledge.


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If you're on probation, the idea is that you don't just disappear. You know they can do a random check of the residency you're supposed to be at, right? If you're missing for a prolonged period, you're a fugitive and you will be going to prison when found. You may also be required to check in with the probation officer every so often, which would put a damper on travel.


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get permission first-its usually granted. You will piss off your PO if you leave without permission and he can chose to violate you


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That is the thing, the probation conditions havent been made yet and i am only assuming. now if it is a condition what are the channels of getting the permission? i guess what im really looking for is, does anyone have any first hand experience of traveling while on probation?


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That is the thing, the probation conditions havent been made yet and i am only assuming. now if it is a condition what are the channels of getting the permission?

You ask your probation officer, "how do I get permission to take a short trip?" and then do what they say.

(You need to click "reply" under the comment you're replying to, otherwise that person can't see that you've replied.)


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Ask your probation officer.

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Consider that being on probation for a year and not being able to travel is a hell of a lot better than being in jail for a year and not being able to leave the facilities, and not being able to get away from Brutus your cellmate. Consider it an opportunity and don't f**k it up!


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