Q: Can I move if I’m on probation?

  • A:It’s fairly common for people on probation to want to move to another state. Courts will often grant a request to move, especially if there’s a good reason, such as a new job or to be closer to family.

    The process varies from state to state, so your probation officer can best tell you how to get the process going. Often, it’s simply a matter of filing a motion with the court requesting permission to move and asking that your probation be transferred to where you want to relocate. You’d be reporting to a probation officer in your new location, just as you do with your current probation officer. You’d also be expected to keep up with any payments you’re obligated to make while on probation, as well as any “term” or “conditions” of probation, such as drug testing and keeping a job.

    Your probation officer can also make a recommendation as to whether you need a lawyer to make your request to the court.

Q: Can probation be revoked?

  • A:Probation is a sentence with certain conditions that must be followed. If any of the conditions, such as no drug use, are violated, your probation officer will notify the court or prosecutor. The prosecutor may decide to file a complaint asking to have your probation revoked and put you back in jail. If this happens, you’ll be served with the complaint and given a date to appear in court to answer it. At this point, you should find a lawyer. If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you.

    In most states, a court has several options after finding that someone has violated the terms of his