Travel Restrictions after conviction
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.
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.
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.
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.