Can I Move While on Probation?

If you’re on probation, then you know you have serious restrictions and responsibilities. Failing to follow the required procedures while you’re on probation can result in severe consequences. One of the frequent questions that people have, when they are on probation, is if they can move out of the county or state. The Tampa criminal defense attorneys at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. has put together information about the process of moving while on probation.

Moving While on Probation in Florida

If you are placed on probation in Tampa, Florida, you are required to check in with your probation officer regularly. In some cases, people can check in over the phone, and in other cases, they will have to check-in in person. Since you may be required to meet with your probation officer, this can affect a person’s ability to move. Probation officers may have to receive substance abuse treatment verifications, take random drug tests, or ensure that you receive counseling. You might also be prohibited from leaving a certain geographical area, especially if the court considers you to be a “flight risk.”

If you plan on moving, you will need to notify your probation officer and contact the court for verification and approval. They will have to ensure that your move won’t affect your probation responsibilities and that you will be moving close enough where you can still attend your probation officer visits. One of the biggest concerns for your probation officer might be how far away you want to move.

What Can I Do If I Want to Move While on Probation?

If you want to move farther away but you are on probation, you will need to get approval to have the supervision transferred to the county or jurisdiction where you want to move. However, this isn’t always an easy process. If for any reason your move can’t wait, you’ll need to give a strong reason to validate your move and you will need a skilled attorney to convince the office to allow you to transfer.

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Thomas & Paulk, P.A. is a leading criminal defense firm that is dedicated to serving clients in Hillsborough County. Our experienced legal teams offer reliable advice and representation. Each of our attorneys have handled more than 7,000 criminal cases throughout Florida. We've helped thousands of clients fight their charges to obtain successful outcomes. We will continue to do everything we can to obtain the best possible results for your case. If you want to move to another county, and you are under probation, our team of attorneys can guide you through the process and help get the court’s approval.

Call our Tampa criminal defense attorneys today at (813) 321-7323 to see the different options available for your case.