Missouri Rules for Probation

By Nicholas Pell
Probation, an alternative, prison time, some offenders

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Missouri law includes a number of restrictions on the lives of those on probation. It is important to know these rules if you are currently on probation. While the probation officer exists to help probationers complete their probationary period without incident, a great deal of the onus is on the probationer to take care that probation terms are followed to the letter. Knowing the rules will make sure you complete this period without any unfortunate incidents.

Travel

Probationers must obtain permission from their probation officer to leave the area of their residence or to travel out of state. If a probationer must travel between two communities for work, this is generally accepted and travel outside of those two areas must be cleared in advance. Probation officers will issue written permission to probationers wishing to travel outside predesignated areas. Sex offenders and offenders deemed dangerous by courts must submit a request 30 days before traveling. All other offenders must do so 15 days in advance of travel.

Residency

Probationers must get permission from their probation officers before relocating, even within the area in which they already reside. If a probationer loses his residence, he must notify his parole officer within two days. Probation officers have jurisdiction over the living arrangements of their probationers and may approve or deny the request. Certain sex offenders may not live within 1,000 feet of schools or childcare facilities.

Employment

Missouri law requires probationers to maintain employment unless they are in a court-ordered program that interferes with employment. Employment should be preapproved by a probation officer, and any change in employment status should be reported by the probationer to the probation officer two days before such change takes effect.

Association

Probationers must obtain prior approval from their probation officer before associating with those convicted of misdemeanors and felonies or anyone supervised by the Division of Probation and Parole. This includes family members. The burden lies with the offender to know with whom he associates. Sex offenders cannot have any contact with their victims, nor children under 16, nor incapacitated persons. Sex offenders whose offense involved a victim under 16 must avoid places where children popularly congregate.

Drugs and Weapons

Probationers may not have any drugs in their possession other than those prescribed by a doctor. Probation officers may contact physicians regarding prescribed drugs. Probationers must produce urine samples on demand. Further, probationers may never be in possession of weapons of any kind, with the exceptions of knives with a blade less than 4 inches long.

About the Author

Nicholas Pell began writing professionally in 1995. His features on arts, culture, personal finance and technology have appeared in publications such as "LA Weekly," Salon and Business Insider. Pell holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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