Restrictions for Felons: Florida

Review the restrictions for felons in each of the federal districts and the sex offender restrictions for the state of Florida.

Florida by Federal District: Northern, Middle, and Southern

Learn more about the restrictions for federal defendants in your district. 

Below you will find information on standard conditions of supervision, travel restrictions, and compliance contracts for differing offenses.

Always follow the conditions and restrictions given to you by your U.S. Probation Officer.

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Northern District

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Northern District of Florida

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Standard Conditions of Supervision

As part of your supervised release, you must comply with the following standard conditions of supervision. These conditions are imposed because they establish the basic expectations for your behavior while on supervision and identify the minimum tools needed by probation officers to keep informed, report to the court about, and bring about improvements in your conduct and condition.

  1. You must report to the probation office in the federal judicial district where you are authorized to reside within 72 hours of your release from imprisonment, unless the probation officer instructs you to report to a different probation office or within a different time frame.
  2. After initially reporting to the probation office, you will receive instructions from the court or the probation officer about how and when you must report to the probation officer, and you must report to the probation officer as instructed.
  3. You must not knowingly leave the federal judicial district where you are authorized to reside without first getting permission from the court or the probation officer.
  4. You must answer truthfully the questions asked by your probation officer.
  5. You must live at a place approved by the probation officer. If you plan to change where you live or anything about your living arrangements (such as the people you live with), you must notify the probation officer at least 10 days before the change. If notifying the probation officer in advance is not possible due to unanticipated circumstances, you must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  6. You must allow the probation officer to visit you at any time at your home or elsewhere, and you must permit the probation officer to take any items prohibited by the conditions of your supervision that he or she observes in plain view.
  7. You must work full time (at least 30 hours per week) at a lawful type of employment, unless the probation officer excuses you from doing so. If you do not have full-time employment you must try to find full-time employment, unless the probation officer excuses you from doing so. If you plan to change where you work or anything about your work (such as your position or your job responsibilities), you must notify the probation officer at least 10 days before the change. If notifying the probation officer at least 10 days in advance is not possible due to unanticipated circumstances, you must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  8. You must not communicate or interact with someone you know is engaged in criminal activity. If you know someone has been convicted of a felony, you must not knowingly communicate or interact with that person without first getting the permission of the probation officer.
  9. If you are arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer, you must notify the probation officer within 72 hours.
  10. You must not own, possess, or have access to a firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or dangerous weapon (i.e., anything that was designed, or was modified for, the specific purpose of causing bodily injury or death to another person such as nunchakus or tasers).
  11. You must not act or make any agreement with a law enforcement agency to act as a confidential human source or informant without first getting the permission of the court.
  12. If the probation officer determines that you pose a risk to another person (including an organization), the probation officer may require you to notify the person about the risk and you must comply with that instruction. The probation officer may contact the person and confirm that you have notified the person about the risk.
  13. You must follow the instructions of the probation officer related to the conditions of supervision.

Travel Restrictions

The Northern District of Florida is comprised of 23 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 23 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 23 counites must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

Failure to do so may result in a violation of your supervision.

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Middle District of Florida

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Mandatory Conditions of Supervision

  1. You must not commit another federal, state or local crime.
  2. You must not unlawfully possess a controlled substance.
  3. You must refrain from any unlawful use of a controlled substance. You must submit to one drug test within 15
    days of release from imprisonment and at least two periodic drug tests thereafter, as determined by the court.
  4. Defendant shall cooperate in the collection of DNA, as directed by the probation officer.

Standard Conditions of Supervision

As part of Defendant’s supervised release, Defendant must comply with the following standard conditions of supervision. These conditions are imposed because they establish the basic expectations for Defendant’s behavior while on supervision and identify the minimum tools needed by probation officers to keep informed, report to the court about, and bring about improvements in Defendant’s conduct and condition.

  1. Defendant must report to the probation office in the federal judicial district where Defendant is authorized to reside within 72 hours of Defendant’s release from imprisonment, unless the probation officer instructs Defendant to report to a different probation office or within a different time frame.
  2. After initially reporting to the probation office, Defendant will receive instructions from the court or the probation officer about how and when Defendant must report to the probation officer, and Defendant must report to the probation officer as instructed.
  3. Defendant must not knowingly leave the federal judicial district where Defendant is authorized to reside without first getting permission from the court or the probation officer.
  4. Defendant must answer truthfully the questions asked by Defendant’s probation officer
  5. Defendant must live at a place approved by the probation officer. If Defendant plans to change where Defendant lives or anything about Defendant’s living arrangements (such as the people Defendant lives with), Defendant must notify the probation officer at least 10 days before the change. If notifying the probation officer in advance is not possible due to unanticipated circumstances, Defendant must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  6. Defendant must allow the probation officer to visit Defendant at any time at Defendant’s home or elsewhere, and Defendant must permit the probation officer to take any items prohibited by the conditions of Defendant’s supervision that the probation officer observes in plain view.
  7. Defendant must work full time (at least 30 hours per week) at a lawful type of employment, unless the probation officer excuses Defendant from doing so. If Defendant does not have full-time employment Defendant must try to find full-time employment, unless the probation officer excuses Defendant from doing so. If Defendant plans to change where Defendant works or anything about Defendant’s work (such as Defendant’s position or Defendant’s job responsibilities), Defendant must notify the probation officer at least 10 days before the change. If notifying the probation officer at least 10 days in advance is not possible due to unanticipated circumstances, Defendant must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  8. Defendant must not communicate or interact with anyone Defendant knows is engaged in criminal activity. If Defendant knows someone has been convicted of a felony, Defendant must not knowingly communicate or interact with that person without first getting the permission of the probation officer.
  9. If Defendant is arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer, Defendant must notify the probation officer within 72 hours.
  10. Defendant must not own, possess, or have access to a firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or dangerous weapon (i.e., anything that was designed, or was modified for, the specific purpose of causing bodily injury or death to another person, such as nunchakus or tasers).
  11. Defendant must not act or make any agreement with a law enforcement agency to act as a confidential human source or informant without first getting the permission of the court.
  12. If the probation officer determines that Defendant poses a risk to another person (including an organization), the probation officer may require Defendant to notify the person about the risk and Defendant must comply with that instruction. The probation officer may contact the person and confirm that Defendant has notified the person about the risk.
  13. Defendant must follow the instructions of the probation officer related to the conditions of supervision.

Travel Restrictions

The Middle District of Florida is comprised of 35 counties.  Unless otherwise instructed by their Probation Officer, offenders may travel within the Middle District of Florida without special permission.

Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 35 counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

Failure to obtain approval may result in a violation of your supervision.

Requests for travel within the United States should be made at least two weeks in advance; requests for travel outside the United States must be made at least one month in advance and will generally be for hardship reasons only.

No pleasure travel will be allowed during the first 60 days of supervision. Travel requests may be denied if any monetary obligations are delinquent.

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Southern District of Florida

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Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. You shall not commit another federal, state, or local crime during the term of supervision.
  2. You shall not leave the judicial district or other specified geographic area without the permission of the Court or the probation officer.
  3. You shall report to the probation officer as directed by the Court or probation officer, and shall submit a truthful and complete written report within the first five days of each month.
  4. You shall answer truthfully, all inquiries by the probation officer and shall follow the instructions of the probation officer.
  5. You shall support your legal dependents and meet other family responsibilities.
  6. You shall work regularly at a lawful occupation unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons.
  7. You shall notify the probation officer at least ten (10) days prior to any change in residence or employment.
  8. You shall refrain from excessive use of alcohol, and shall not purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any narcotic or controlled substance, or any paraphernalia related to such substances, except as prescribed by a physician.
  9. You shall not frequent places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed or administered or other places specified by the Court.
  10. You shall not associate with any person engaged in criminal activity and shall not associate with any person convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer.
  11. You shall permit a probation officer to contact you at any time, at home or elsewhere, and shall permit confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view by the probation officer.
  12. You shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of an arrest or questioning by a law enforcement officer.
  13. You shall not enter into any agreement to act as an informer or special agent of a law enforcement agency without the permission of the United States District Court.
  14. As directed by the probation officer, you shall notify third parties of risk that may be occasioned by your criminal record or personal history or characteristics, and shall permit the probation officer to make such notification and to confirm your compliance with such notification requirement.

Travel Restrictions

You shall not leave the judicial district without permission of the Probation Officer and/or the Court.

Advance approval from the Court must be requested for international travel (which includes travel beyond the three nautical mile limits) and vacation travel outside the district for more than 30 days. For international travel, offenders must make their request no less than six (6) weeks in advance. Please note, there are additional steps required when traveling to foreign countries such as permission from that country etc. For domestic travel, offenders must make their request at least two (2) weeks in advance. Please note, there may be some limitations placed by other states as to travel. (Check with your probation officer on state limitations) Offenders may not leave the Southern District of Florida without permission of the Court and/or probation officer. Any travel outside the district requires advance written permission. No travel will be allowed during the initial assessment period of 60 days, except for a verifiable emergency situation. Additionally, travel may not be granted to offenders who are not in compliance with the conditions of supervision.

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Florida Sex Offender Compliance

The Florida Sex Offender Registry has two (2) levels, based on the severity of offense, criminal history, and other factors.

Some offenders may be considered for removal from the registry at least 25 years after release from confinement, supervision, or sanction, whichever is later.

Some offenders are subject to lifetime registration.

All sex offender registration requirements and restrictions can be found below.

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Registry Removal

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