Restrictions for Felons: North Carolina

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

North Carolina by Federal District: Western, Middle, and Eastern

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

Below you will find information on standard conditions of supervision and travel restrictions.

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

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Western District of North Carolina

Mandatory Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant shall not commit another federal, state, or local crime.
  2. The defendant shall not unlawfully possess a controlled substance.
  3. The defendant shall refrain from any unlawful use of a controlled substance. The defendant shall 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 (unless omitted by the Court).
  4. The defendant shall cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by the probation officer (unless omitted by the Court).

Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant shall report to the probation office in the federal judicial district he/she is authorized to reside within 72 hours of release from imprisonment, unless the probation officer instructs the defendant to report to a different probation office or within a different time frame.
  2. The defendant shall report to the probation officer in a manner and frequency as directed by the Court or probation officer.
  3. The defendant shall not leave the federal judicial district where he/she is authorized to reside without first getting permission from the Court or probation officer.
  4. The defendant shall answer truthfully the questions asked by the probation officer.
  5. The defendant shall live at a place approved by the probation officer. The probation officer shall be notified in advance of any changes in living arrangements (such as location and the people with whom the defendant lives).
  6. The defendant shall allow the probation officer to visit him/her at any time at his/her home or elsewhere, and shall permit the probation officer to take any items prohibited by the conditions of his/her supervision that the probation officer observes.
  7. The defendant shall work full time (at least 30 hours per week) at lawful employment, unless excused by the probation officer. The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of any changes regarding employment.
  8. The defendant shall not communicate or interact with any persons engaged in criminal activity, and shall not communicate or interact with any person convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer.
  9. The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of being arrested or questions by a law enforcement officer.
  10. The defendant shall not own, possess, or have access to a firearm, ammunition, destructive devices, or dangerous weapon (i.e., anything that was designed, or modified for, the specific purpose of causing bodily injury or death to another person such as nunchucks or tasers)
  11. The defendant shall not act or make any agreement with a law enforcement officer agency to act as a confidential informant without first getting the permission of the court.
  12. The  probation officer determines that the defendant poses a risk to another person (including an organization), the probation officer may contact the person and make such notifications or confirm that the defendant has notified the person about the risks.
  13. The defendant shall refrain from excessive use of alcohol and shall not unlawfully purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any narcotic or controlled substance or any psychoactive substances (including, but not limited to, synthetic marijuana, bath salts) that impair a person’s physical or mental functioning, whether or not intended for human consumption, or any paraphernalia related to such substances, except as duly prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner.
  14. The defendant shall participate in a program of testing for substance abuse if directed to do so by the probation officer. The defendant shall refrain from obstructing or attempting to abstract or tamper, in any fashion, with the efficiency or accuracy of the testing. If warranted, the defendant shall participate in a substance abuse program and follow the rules and regulations of that program. The probation officer will supervise the defendant’s participation in the program (including, but not limited provider, location, modality, duration, intensity)(unless omitted by the Court).
  15. The defendant shall not go to, or remain at any place where he/she controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered without first obtaining the permission of the probation officer.
  16. The defendant shall submit his/her person, property, house, residence, vehicle, papers, computers (as defined in 18 § U.S.C. § 1030(e)(1)), or other electronic communications or data storage devices or media, or office, to a search conducted by a United States probation officer and such other law enforcement personnel as the probation officer may deem advisable, without a warrant. The defendant shall warn any other occupants that the premise may be subject to searches pursuant to this condition.
  17. The defendant shall pay any financial obligation imposed by the Judgement remaining unpaid as of the commencement of the sentence of probation or the term of supervised release in accordance with the schedule of payments of this judgement. The defendant shall notify the court of any changes in economic circumstances that might affect the ability to pay this financial obligation.
  18. The defendant shall provide access to any financial information as requested by the probation officer and shall authorize the release of any financial information. The probation office may share financial information with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  19. The defendant shall not seek any extension of credit (including, but not limited to, credit card account, bank loan, personal loan) unless authorized to do so in advance by the probation officer.
  20. The defendant shall support all dependents including any dependent child, or any person the defendant has been court ordered to support.
  21. The defendant shall participate in transitional support service (including cognitive behavioral treatment programs) and follow the rules and regulations of such program. The probation officer will supervise the defendant’s participation in the program (including, but not limited to, provider, location, modality, duration, intensity). Such programs may include group sessions led by a counselor or participation in a program administered by the probation officer.
  22. The defendant shall follow the instructions of the probation officer related to the conditions of supervision.

Standard Sex Offender Conditions of Probation and Supervision

  1. The defendant shall have no direct or indirect contact, at any time, for any reason with any victim(s), any member of any victim’s family, or affected parties in this matter unless provided with specific written authorization to do so in advance by the U.S. Probation Officer.
  2. The defendant shall submit to a psycho-sexual evaluation by a qualified mental health professional experienced in evaluating and managing sexual offenders as approved by the U.S. Probation Officer. The defendant shall complete the treatment recommendations and abide by all of the rules, requirements, and conditions of the program until discharged. The defendant shall take all medications as prescribed.
  3. The defendant shall submit to risk assessment, psychological and physiological testing, which may include, but is not limited to a polygraph examination and/or Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA), or other specific tests to monitor the defendant’s compliance with supervised release and treatment conditions, at the direction of the U.S. Probation Officer.
  4. The defendant’s residence, co-residents and employment shall be approved by the U.S. Probation Officer. Any proposed change in residence, co-residents or employment must be provided to the U.S. Probation Officer at least 10 days prior to the change and pre-approved before the change may take place.
  5. The defendant shall not possess any materials depicting and/or describing “child pornography” and/or “simulated child pornography” as defined in 18 U.S.C § 2256, or that would compromise the defendant’s sex offender treatment, nor shall the defendant enter any location where such materials can be accessed, obtained or viewed, including pictures, photographs, books, writings, drawings, videos or video games.
  6. The defendant shall comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq) as directed by the probation officer, the Bureau of Prisons, or any state sex offender registration agency in which the defendant resides, works, is a student, or was convicted of a qualifying offenses.
  7. The defendant shall not have no contact, including any association such as verbal, written, telephonic, or electronic communications with any person under the age of eighteen (18) except: 1) in the presence of the parent or legal guardian of said minor; 2) on the condition that the defendant notifies the parent or legal guardian of their conviction or prior history; and 3) has written approval from the U.S. Probation Officer. The provision does not encompass persons under the age of eighteen (18), such as waiters, cashiers, ticket vendors, etc. with whom the defendant must deal, in order to obtain ordinary and usual commercial service. If unanticipated contact with a minor occurs, the defendant shall immediately remove himself/herself from the situation and shall immediately notify the probation officer.
  8. The defendant shall not loiter within 100 feet of any parks, school property, playgrounds, arcades, amusement parks, day-care centers, swimming pools, community recreation fields, zoos, youth center, video arcades, carnivals, circuses or other places primarily used or can reasonably be expected to be used by children under the age of eighteen (18), without prior written permission of the U.S. Probation Officer.
  9. The defendant shall not use, purchase, possess, procure, or otherwise obtain any computer(as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1030(e)(1)) or electronic device that can be linked to any computer networks, bulletin boards, internet, internet service providers, or exchange formats involving computers unless approved by the U.S. Probation Officer. Such computers, computer hardware or software is subject to warrantless searches and/or seizures by the U.S. Probation Office.
  10. The defendant shall allow the U.S. Probation Officer, or other designee, to install software designed to monitor computer activities on any computer the defendant is authorized to use. This may include, but is not limited to, software that may record any and all activity on computers (as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1030(e)(1)) the defendant may use, including the capture of keystrokes, application information, internet use history, email correspondence, and chat conversations. The defendant shall pay any costs related to the monitoring of computer usage.
  11. The defendant shall not use or have installed programs specifically and solely designed to encrypt data, file folders, or volumes of any media. The defendant shall upon request, immediately provide the probation officer with any and all passwords required to access data compressed or encrypted for storage by any software.
  12. The defendant shall provide a complete record of all computer records of all computer use information including, but not limited to, all passwords, internet service providers, email addresses, email accounts, screen names (past and present) to the probation officer and shall not make any changes without the prior approval of the U.S. Probation Officer.
  13. The defendant shall not have any social networking accounts without the approval of the U.S. Probation Officer.
  14. The defendant shall not possess any children’s items, including, but not limited to, clothing, toys, and games without permission of the U.S. Probation Officer.
  15. The defendant shall not employed in any position or participate as a volunteer in any activity that involves direct or indirect contact with children under the age of eighteen (18), and under no circumstances may the defendant be engaged in a position that involves being in a position of trust or authority over any person under the age of eighteen (18), without written permission from the U.S. Probation Officer.

Travel Restrictions

  • Defendants on supervised release cannot travel within the first 60 days, depending on the defendant’s supervised release conditions.
  • Defendants cannot leave the counties located in the Western District of North Carolina without prior, written permission from their U.S. Probation Officer.

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Middle District of North Carolina

Mandatory Conditions of Supervision

  • You shall not commit another federal, state, or local crime.
  • You shall not illegally possess a controlled substance.
  • You shall not possess a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921.

For offenses committed on or after September 13, 1994:

  • You shall refrain from any unlawful use of a controlled substance. You shall submit to one drug test within 15 days of release from imprisonment and at least two periodic drug tests thereafter.

□  The above drug testing condition is suspended, based on the court’s determination that you pose a low risk of future substance abuse. (Check, if applicable)

  • You shall not possess a firearm, destructive device, or any other dangerous weapon.

For offenses committed after April 24, 1996:

  • You shall pay the assessment imposed in accordance with 18 USC § 3013.
  • You shall notify the court of any material change in your economic circumstances that might affect your ability to pay restitution, fine, or special assessment.

Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. You shall not leave the judicial district without the permission of the court or probation officer;
  2. You shall report the probation officer and shall submit a truthful and complete written report within the first five day of each month
  3. You shall answer truthfully all inquiries by the probation officer and follow the instruction of the probation officer;
  4. You shall support your dependents and meet other family responsibilities
  5. You shall work regularly at a lawful occupation unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons;
  6. You shall notify the probation officer at least ten days prior to any change in residence or employment;
  7. You shall refrain from excessive use of alcohol and shall not purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any controlled substance or any paraphernalia related to any controlled substances, except as prescribed by a physician;
  8. You shall not frequent places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered;
  9. You shall not associate with any person engaged in criminal activity, shall not associate with any person convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer;
  10. You shall permit a probation officer to visit you at any time at home or elsewhere and shall permit confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view of the probation officer;
  11. You shall notify the probation officer within seventy-two hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer;
  12. You shall not enter into any agreement to act as an informer or a special agent of a law enforcement agency without the permission of the court;
  13. As directed by the probation officer, you shall notify third parties of risks 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 must obtain permission in advance from your probation officer to travel outside the Middle District of North Carolina for any reason. The officer may provide the permission verbally or in writing.

The Court or the Parole Commission must approve all foreign travel in advance.

Your probation officer may approve travel outside of the district in the following
situations:

  • Vacation trips not to exceed 30 days
  • Employment searches not to exceed 30 days
  • Recurring travel across the district boundary for work, shopping, or recreation

You should request permission to travel in advance to allow your probation officer time to investigate your proposed travel plan and to prepare a written travel permit if required. Additionally, there may be reporting instructions required by the visiting district. 

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Eastern District of North Carolina

Mandatory Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant must not commit another federal, state or local crime.
  2. The defendant must not unlawfully possess a controlled substance.
  3. The defendant must refrain from any unlawful use of a controlled substance. The defendant 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 (condition can be suspended based on the court’s determination that the defendant pose a low risk of future substance abuse).
  4. The defendant must make restitution in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §§ 3663 and 3663A or any other statute authorizing a sentence of restitution.
  5. The defendant shall cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by the probation officer (unless omitted by the court).
  6. The defendant must comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (42 U.S.C. § 16901, et seq.) as directed by the probation officer, the Bureau of Prisons, or any state sex offender registration agency in the location where the defendant resides, works, are a student, or were convicted of a qualifying offense (unless omitted by the court).
  7. The defendant must participate in an approved program for domestic violence (unless omitted by the court).
  8. The defendant must make restitution in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §§ 2248, 2259, 2264, 2327, 3663, 3663A, and 3664 (unless omitted by the court).
  9. The defendant must pay the assessment imposed in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 3013.
  10. If the judgment imposes a fine, you must pay in accordance with the Schedule of Payments sheet of this judgment.
  11. The defendant must notify the court of any material change in his/her economic circumstances that might affect your ability to pay restitution, fines, or special assessments.

Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant must report to the probation office in the federal judicial district where the defendant he/she is authorized to reside within 72 hours of release from imprisonment, unless the probation officer instructs the defendant to report to a different probation office or within a different time frame.
  2. After initially reporting to the probation office, the defendant will receive instructions from the court or the probation officer about how and when he/she must report to the probation officer, and he/she must report to the probation officer as instructed.
  3. The defendant must not knowingly leave the federal judicial district where the defendant are authorized to reside without first getting permission from the court or the probation officer.
  4. The defendant must answer truthfully the questions asked by your probation officer.
  5. The defendant must live at a place approved by the probation officer. If the defendant plans to change where the defendant lives or anything about their living arrangements (such as the people he/she lives with), the 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, the defendant must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  6. The defendant must allow the probation officer to visit him/her at any time at his/her home or elsewhere, and the defendant must permit the probation officer to take any items prohibited by the conditions of supervision that he or she observes in plain view.
  7. The defendant must work full time (at least 30 hours per week) at a lawful type of employment, unless the probation officer excuses the defendant from doing so. If the defendant does not have full-time employment, he/she must try to find full-time employment, unless the probation officer excuses the defendant from doing so. If the defendant plans to change where he/she works or anything about work (such as position or job responsibilities), the 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, the defendant must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  8. The defendant must not communicate or interact with someone he/she knows is engaged in criminal activity. If the defendant knows someone has been convicted of a felony, the defendant must not knowingly communicate or interact with that person without first getting the permission of the probation officer.
  9. If the defendant is arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer, he/she must notify the probation officer within 72 hours.
  10. The 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. Thedefendantmustnotactormakeanyagreementwithalawenforcementagencytoactasaconfidential human source or informant without first getting the permission of the court.
  12. If the probation officer determines that the defendant poses a risk to another person (including an organization), the probation officer may require the defendant to notify the person about the risk and he/she must comply with that instruction. The probation officer may contact the person and confirm that the defendant has notified the person about the risk.
  13. Thedefendantmustfollowtheinstructionsoftheprobationofficerrelatedtotheconditionsofsupervision.
  14. The defendant shall not incur new credit charges or open additional lines of credit without the approval of the probation office.
  15. The defendant shall provide the probation office with access to any requested financial information.

Travel Restrictions

The Eastern District of North Carolina is comprised of 44 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 44 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 44 counties 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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