Is it permissible to leave the jurisdiction while under probation? 13 Answers as of April 29, 2011

Is it permissible to go to Mexico while on probation in California? It is informal; there is no probation officer assigned.

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Law Offices of Phil Hache
Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
If you are on informal probation, and not leaving the country was Not a term of your probation, then it should not be an issue. You should speak with an attorney in person to go over your paperwork with you to further advise you.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/29/2011
California Criminal Defense Center
California Criminal Defense Center | Ardalon Fakhimi
You must look at all of the terms and conditions of your probation to determine whether you are allowed to leave the country without the court's permission. Typically, low level misdemeanor offenses result in informal probation that does not restrict the probationer from leaving the country, so long as the probationer is up to date and in compliance with the terms of his/ her probation. Once again, you must look at the specific terms related to your case. If you require assistance, please contact California Criminal Defense Center for a free consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/26/2011
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
I don't see a problem especially if it is a misdemeanor. If one is not a citizen there may also be problems.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/26/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
On informal probation, a specific do not leave order would mean what it says. Otherwise, you are not restricted, except some countries like Canada dont allow in ex cons. I dont think Mexico cares. Make sure you have your passport.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/26/2011
LynchLaw
LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
Typically, yes. Usually if the DA or Court wanted you to either stay away from a certain area, or stay in another certain area, it would be part of the terms of probation. If no such term was issued then it should be fine for you to travel to Mexico. Be safe.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/26/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    On informal, unsupervised probation you should be fine to leave the jurisdiction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/26/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    If on summery probation he may go to Mexico.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/26/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    You will probably need the permission of your probation officer if it is not specifically addressed as a condition of your probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/26/2011
    Mandarano, Cavaletto & Associates
    Mandarano, Cavaletto & Associates | Christopher Mandarano
    Yes. Informal probation usually means that you are simply required to obey all laws during the 3-4 year period generally following a misdemeanor conviction. Going to Mexico is not illegal, just be careful down there!
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/25/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    No problem. Just don't get busted there.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/25/2011
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
    Whether or not it is permissible for you to go to Mexico while on probation ultimately depends on the type of probation you are on. There are two kinds of adult probation in California, formal and informal. Formal probation (sometimes referred to as "supervised" probation) means that you will have to report to a probation officer assigned to your case who is there to supervise your progress on probation to make sure you are doing what has been ordered by the court. If you are on formal probation, any traveling outside of the jurisdiction needs to be cleared with your probation officer before leaving. Informal probation is un-superived meaning that there is no probation officer that you will need to report to and no one will be monitoring your progress on probation. Under informal probation, it is up to you to complete all the orders of the court. In general, traveling outside the jurisdiction is permissible while on informal probation as the only thing required is that you compete all terms and conditions ordered by the court and do not violate the law. However, if you have been ordered not to leave the jurisdiction as a term and condition of probation or if you have been ordered to get approval of the court prior to leaving the jurisdiction as a result of something particular to your case, then you must do as ordered. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/25/2011
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