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Missouri Probation, Parole, & Conditional Release


For individuals eligible for parole, conditional release, or probation, know that the alternative puts you behind bars.  That’s why it’s essential to understand the rules you’ll be expected to live by in the state of Missouri.

1-    Obey state and federal laws.  Any arrests must be reported to your PO within 48 hours, no exceptions.

2-    Report to and obey any instructions you are given by your PO.

3-    Understand travel restrictions and obey them. You may be limited to a specific county or area and be unable to travel outside it without permission. Traveling outside the state definitely requires written permission to be obtained 15 days prior to travel. (30 days are required prior to travel for sex offenders). There are exceptions only for emergencies such as the death or serious injury of a family member.

4-    Notify your PO of your living address, and obtain permission to move before making any changes.  If unexpected changes occur, notify your PO within 48 hours.

5-    Obtain approved employment or enroll in an approved program and get permission in advance of quitting either. In the event of a termination, notify your PO within 48 hours.

6-    Pay your debts and support your family.

7-    Do not associate with anyone convicted of a misdemeanor or felony without advanced approval from your PO.

8-    Never possess controlled substances except for those specifically prescribed for you by a licensed physician.

9-    Participate in drug testing as required, and do not dilute, substitute, or in any way tamper with urine specimens.

10- Remember that you are not allowed to have anything to do with weapons of any kind, from knives and projectiles to brass knuckles, explosives, and firearms. The list of prohibited items is extensive: be sure you know what you can and cannot have.

11- Pay all fees for interventions on the first of each month.

Sanctions for Failing to Follow the Rules 

It’s never worth it to ignore the rules when you’re on probation, parole, or conditional release. Failure to adhere to expectations could result in a number of consequences, including:

  • Attending a court hearing;
  • Required hours of community service;
  • An increase in the level of supervision;
  • Restrictions in travel;
  • Shock incarceration (placement behind bars for 120 days);
  • Longer term incarceration.

Develop a Relationship 

Your PO is going to be a part of your life for a while, so it’s worth developing a healthy relationship and allowing them to mentor and guide you as you navigate the adult supervision system.  Honesty and straightforwardness will get you a long way.

A Strong Criminal Defense 

At Courtney & Mills, our experienced Springfield criminal defense attorneys will fight for the best potential outcomes for you.  Sometimes, that means probation or parole.  To discuss the possibilities, schedule a confidential consultation in our Springfield office today.


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