Can You Travel While on Probation?

Whether or not a person on probation, called a probationer, can travel depends on the terms of the probation, according to FindLaw. Travel restrictions can be one of the terms of probation. Probationers who want to travel should contact their probation officers to learn if they must get permission, the Law Offices of Gary Churak, P.C. recommends.

When permission is needed to travel, the court usually has to issue that permission. Most requests should be made at least 30 days prior, according to the Law Offices of Gary Churak, P.C.

Probationers should make sure they understand the terms of their probations. Some probation terms forbid travel outside of the jurisdiction of the sentencing court. For some cases, that means not leaving the county or parish. Other probation terms can forbid travel outside of the state in which the sentencing occurred, according to FindLaw.

Judges are more likely to honor travel requests from probationers who travel for work or whose probations resulted from minor criminal charges, the Law Offices of Gary Churak, P.C. notes. A good probationary record is also helpful.

Probationers who violate their probation terms in any manner, including by traveling when not allowed, might face probation violation charges, warns Nolo.