For defendants who are fortunate enough to be placed on probation in lieu of incarceration, one question they often have is “Can I leave the county while on probation?” The answer is “maybe”. Being placed on probation is considered a privilege by the court system. It means you are allowed to complete your sentence outside of jail. This gives you the ability to live with family, work, go to church, and enjoy other life activities. In general, you must report to your probation officer regularly and obey the rules he or she discussed with you during your first report date. Whether or not you can leave the county while on probation typically falls under one of three possibilities listed below.
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