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Can I Travel While on Probation in Kansas?

Can I Travel While on Probation in Kansas?

Summer is travel season since the weather is warmer and children are out of school for a few months.

However, can individuals currently on probation in Kansas take a family vacation as well?

Each person who is sentenced to probation must adhere to several conditions or risk spending time behind bars for the remainder of their sentence. Common conditions include meeting with your probation officer, avoiding another arrest, not contacting people who are associated with criminal activity, paying court costs and other fees, being subject to searches, and even random drug testing.

In addition, there are travel restrictions. The types of restrictions that are imposed are typically based on the circumstances of the case, the defendant’s criminal history, if the defendant is a flight risk (more than likely to flee the state or country), and other factors.

In Kansas, a person on probation must obtain advanced permission from their probation officer. Individuals must list the destination, duration, and purpose of the trip.

If the probation officer doesn’t approve the plans and the defendant travels anyway, this is considered a violation of probation, which can lead to serious criminal penalties. You could either have your probation extended or revoked, meaning you would have to your original sentence in jail or prison.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer can request either the probation officer or a judge to make an exception to allow you to travel. Furthermore, your attorney can even help you change the terms of probation, especially if you have completed at least half of your sentence.

For more information about probation violations in Kansas City, contact Stein Law, LLC today at (913) 583-0465 and request a free case evaluation.


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