Travel Restrictions after a Conviction

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There are many consequences to a criminal conviction. And some are more obvious than others. But something that is often overlooked by many is the travel restrictions a convicted felon can face as a result of a guilty verdict or plea deal.

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Travel restrictions can occur in a multitude of ways. In some cases, a Judge may impose a direct travel restriction as either a condition of release or a condition of probation following sentencing. In either circumstance, this restriction is a court order and must be adhered to at all times to avoid future negative consequences.

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Often times, when a person is placed on felony probation or parole, he/she is typically required to live where the conviction occurred. In certain circumstances, a person can get permission to move to a different state. However, that process can take time and there is no guarantee that someone will be given the necessary permission to move out of state.

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While travel restrictions may seem minor, they can often significantly undermine a convicted felon’s ability to rehabilitate and move on with his/her life. A convicted felon may be prevented from moving to a different County or State for a new job opportunity or to move closer to friends and/or family who could help that individual on the road to recovery. Because of the significant impact travel restrictions can make on an individual’s life, it is a consequence that must be discussed prior to taking any plea deal that would result in a felony conviction.

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