One of the general terms of probation, whether it is informal or formal, is that you cannot move to another state until the probationary period ends. However, there are exceptions. If you have a good reason for moving, such as a new career opportunity or to be closer to family members, it is possible to have your probation transferred under a system called the Interstate Compact. Governed by the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision, the Interstate Compact is an organization that ensures uniformity between states regarding data collection, monitoring, and policies.
This Compact makes it increasingly easier for people on probation to transfer across state lines permanently. However, there are some common problems that still arise under this organization. For the purposes of this article, we will address the potential obstacles you could face while attempting to move to another state while on probation.
Eligibility for Transfer
Transferring probation from one state to another requires one to meet a number of specific requirements, and to submit a lot of paperwork. Also, in order to successfully get through the Compact process, the organization has specific criteria that must be met by a parolee. Generally, he or she must present evidence that the transfer is justified through good reason. When a person is eligible, it is likely that the compact has considered the following factors:
- An individual is more likely to complete the supervision period successfully because of their ability to to reunite with family
- An individual has an ample opportunity of finding meaningful employment in another state
- An individual has health issues that make is necessary to move to another state
- An individual has a suitable place to live in another state
In addition to this criteria, parolee's are required to speak with their probation officer, who will then check that you meet the requirements to transfer out of the state you currently reside in, and that the qualifications are met for the state you are attempting to move to.
The Pennsylvania Board or Probation and Parole charges $100 to apply. In addition to this amount, supervision fees in the state are $30 a month. Only people who make below the poverty income level, are full time students or are collecting government assistance may be able to waive these fees.
Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney
Moving from one state to another while on probation is difficult. The transfer process is lengthy and complicated, and it will not be easy to ensure that your efforts are successful. This is why it's important to consult with an attorney who can help you navigate through the system. Skilled legal professional Joseph D. Lento has advised and guided his clients through state processes so that they can move to a place that serves as a better environment for them. Contact him today for help.