Restrictions for Felons: Texas

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

Texas by Federal District: Northern, Western, Eastern, and Southern.

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.

Texas District Map

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Northern District

Western District

Eastern District

Southern District

Northern District of Texas

Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. You must report to the probation office in the federal judicial district where you are authorized to reside within 72 hours of the time you were sentenced or released 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.

*Potential Sex Offender Special Conditions of Supervision

*Supervision of sex offenders is individualized based on risk factors, offense conduct, and prior criminal history. 

  1. The defendant shall participate in sex offender treatment services as directed by the probation officer until successfully discharged. These services may include psycho-physiological testing (i.e. clinical polygraph, plethysmograph, and the ABEL screen) to monitor the defendant’s compliance, treatment progress, and risk to the community. The defendant shall contribute to the costs of services rendered (copayment) at a rate of at least ___ per month.
  2. The defendant shall have no contact with persons under the age of 18, including by correspondence, telephone, internet, electronic communication, or through third parties. The defendant also shall not have access to or loiter near school grounds, parks, arcades, playgrounds, amusement parks or other places where children may frequently congregate.
  3. The defendant shall neither seek nor maintain employment or volunteer work at any location and/or activity where persons under the age of 18 congregate, without prior permission of the probation officer. Furthermore, the defendant shall not date or befriend anyone who has children under the age of 18, without prior permission of the probation officer.
  4. The defendant shall neither possess nor have under his/her control any sexually oriented, or sexually stimulating materials of adults or children. This may include visual, auditory, telephonic, electronic media, email, chat communications, instant messaging, or computer programs. The defendant shall not patronize any place where such material or entertainment is available. The defendant shall not use any sex-related telephone numbers.
  5. The defendant shall have no contact with the victim(s), including by correspondence, telephone, or communication through third parties, except under circumstances approved in advance by the probation officer. The defendant shall not enter onto the premises, travel past, or loiter near the victim’s residence, place of employment, or other places frequented by the victim.
  6. The defendant shall register with state and local law enforcement as directed by the probation officer in each jurisdiction where the defendant resides, is employed, and is a student. The defendant shall provide all information required in accordance with state registration guidelines. Initial registration shall be completed within 3 business days after ___________.
  7. The defendant shall provide written verification of registration to the probation officer within 3 business days following registration. This registration shall be renewed as required by the defendant’s assigned tier. The defendant shall, no later than 3 business days after each change of name, residence, employment, or student status, appear in person in at least one jurisdiction and inform that jurisdiction of all changes in the information required in the sex offender registry.
  8. The defendant shall obtain approval of the U.S. Probation Officer prior to a change in residence or living situation.
  9. The defendant shall submit a blood sample as directed by the U.S. Probation Officer, to be included in the State Sex Offender DNA Data Bank. The defendant shall pay for the costs of such services.
  10. The defendant shall not have any form of unsupervised contact with persons under the age of 18 at any location, including but not limited to, the defendant’s residence, place of employment, and public places where minors frequent or congregate, without prior permission of the Probation Officer.

Travel Restrictions

The Northern District of Texas comprises 100 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 100 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 100 counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

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

For more information visit the links below:

Western District of Texas

Mandatory Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant shall not commit another federal, state, or local crime.
  2. The defendant shall not lawfully possess a controlled substance. 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.
  3. In supervised release cases only, the defendant must report to the probation office in the district to which the defendant is released within 72 hours of release from custody of the Bureau of Prisons.
  4. If convicted of a felony, the defendant shall not possess a firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or any other dangerous weapon.
  5. The defendant shall cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by the probation officer if the collection of such a sample is authorized pursuant to section 3 of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 200 (42 USC § 1413a).
  6. If convicted of a sexual offense as described in 18 USC § 1402(c)(4), the defendant shall register with the state sex offender registration agency in the state where the defendant resides, works, or is a student, as directed by the probation officer.
  7. If convicted of a domestic violence crime as defined in 18 USC § 3561(b), the defendant shall participate in an approval program for domestic violence.
  8. If the judgement imposes a fine or restitution, it is a condition of supervision that the defendant pays in accordance with the schedule of payments sheet of the judgement.

Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant shall not leave the judicial district without permission of the court or probation officer.
  2. The defendant shall report to the probation officer and shall submit a truthful and complete written report within the first five days of each month.
  3. The defendant shall answer truthfully all inquiries by the probation officer and follow the instructions of the probation officer.
  4. The defendant shall support his or her dependents and meet other family responsibilities.
  5. The defendant shall work regularly at a lawful occupation, unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons.
  6. The defendant shall notify the probation officer at least ten days prior to any change in residence or employment.
  7. The defendant 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. The defendant shall not frequent places where controlled substances are: illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered.
  9. The defendant shall not associate with any persons 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.
  10. The defendant shall permit a probation officer to visit him or her at any time at home or elsewhere and shall permit confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view of the probation officer.
  11. The defendant shall notify the probation officer within seventy-two hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer
  12. The defendant shall not enter into any agreement to act as an informer or. a special agent ofa law enforcement agency without the permission of the court.
  13. As directed by the probation officer, the defendant shall notify third parties of risks that may be occasioned by the defendant’s criminal record or personal history or characteristics and shall permit the probation officer to make such notifications and to confirm the defendant’s compliance with such notification requirement.
  14. If convicted of a sexual offense as described in 18 USC § 4024(c)(4), or has prior conviction of state or local offense that would have been an offense as described in 18 USC § 4024(c)(4) if a circumstance giving rise to federal jurisdiction had existed, the defendant shall participate in a sex offender treatment program approved by the probation officer. The defendant shall abide by all program rules, requirements and conditions of the sex offender treatment program, including submission to polygraph testing, to determine if the defendant is in compliance with the conditions of release. The defendant may be required to contribute to the cost of the services rendered (copayment) in an amount to be determined by the probation officer, based on the defendant’s ability to pay.
  15. The defendant shall submit to an evaluation for substance abuse or dependency  treatment as directed by the probation officer, and if deemed necessary by the probation officer, the defendant shall participate in a program approved by the probation officer treatment of narcotic addiction or drug or alcohol dependency which may include testing and examination to determine if the defendant reverted to the use of drugs or alcohol. The defendant may be required if the defendant has reverted to the use of drugs or alcohol. The defendant may be required to contribute to the cost of the services rendered (copayment) in an amount to be determined by the probation officer, based upon the defendant’s ability to pay.
  16. The defendant shall submit to an evaluation for mental health counseling as directed by the probation officer, and if deemed necessary by the probation officer, the defendant shall participate in a mental health program approved by the probation officer. The defendant may be required to contribute to the cost of the services rendered (copayment) in an amount to be determined by the probation officer, based upon the defendant’s ability to pay.
  17. If the defendant is excluded, deported, or removed upon release from imprisonment, the term of supervised release shall be a non-reporting term of supervised release. The defendant shall not illegally re-enter the United States. If the defendant lawfully renters the United States during the term of supervised release, the defendant shall immediately report in person to the nearest probation office.
  18. If the judgement imposes other criminal monetary penalties, it is a condition of supervision that the defendant pay such penalties in accordance with the schedule of payments sheet of the judgement.
  19. If the judgement imposes a fine, special assessment, restitution, or other criminal monetary penalties, it is a condition of supervision that the defendant shall provide the probation officer access to any requested financial information.
  20. If the judgement imposes a fine, special assessment, restitution, or other criminal monetary penalties, it is a condition of supervision that the defendant shall not incur any new credit charges or open additional lines of credit without the approval of the probation officer unless the defendant is in compliance with the payment schedule.

Travel Restrictions

The Western District of Texas comprises 68 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 68 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 68 counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

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

For more information visit the links below:

Eastern District of Texas

Standard Conditions of Supervision

These are the standard conditions of supervision or probation the Court must impose. This does not include special conditions the court may impose.

  1. The defendant shall not leave the judicial district without the permission of the court or probation officer.
  2. The defendant shall report to the probation officer in a manner and frequency directed by the court or probation officer.
  3. The defendant shall answer truthfully all inquiries by the probation officer and follow the instructions of the probation officer.
  4. The defendant shall support his or her dependents and meet other family responsibilities.
  5. The defendant shall work regularly at a lawful occupation unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons.
  6. The defendant shall notify the probation officer at least ten days prior to any change in residence or employment.
  7. The defendant 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 substance, except as prescribed by a physician.
  8. The defendant shall not frequent places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered.
  9. The defendant shall not associate with any persons 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.
  10. The defendant shall permit a probation officer to visit him or her at any time at home or elsewhere and shall permit confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view of the probation officer.
  11. The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer.
  12. The defendant 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, the defendant shall notify third parties of risks due to the defendant’s criminal record or personal history or characteristics and shall permit the probation officer to make such notifications and to the defendant’s compliance with such notification requirements.

Travel Restrictions

The Eastern District of Texas comprises 43 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 43 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 43 counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

Failure to do so may result in a violation of your supervision.Requests to travel anywhere outside of the judicial district must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer. Failure to do so may result in a violation of your supervision. All requests for international/out of country travel must be submitted to your supervising officer well in advance of the requested travel dates. It is strongly recommended that such a request be submitted at least 30 days prior to the proposed travel date, as the sentencing judge has the final authority to approve/deny international/out of country travel. Hence, a request for such travel should be submitted as early as possible.

To travel outside of the United States a passport is required. With a passport a convicted felon can travel outside the country. However, some countries have laws in place that prohibit felons from visiting; e.g., Japan, Canada, and Australia. To find out if you are able to visit a country with a felony conviction, please contact the country’s consulate or embassy. These can generally be found online or if an individual is prohibited computer usage, they can contact the embassy of the country through written correspondence.

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Southern District of Texas

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.          □ 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)
  4. □ You must make restitution in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §§ 3663 and 3663A or any other statute authorizing a sentence of restitution. (check if applicable)
  5. □ You must cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by the probation officer. (check if applicable)
  6. □ You must comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (34 U.S.C. § 20901, et seq.) as directed by the probation officer, the Bureau of Prisons, or any state sex offender registration agency in which you reside, work, are a student, or were convicted of a qualifying offense. (check if applicable)
  7. □ You must participate in an approved program for domestic violence. (check if applicable)

Standard Conditions of Supervision

  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.
  14. If restitution is ordered, the defendant must make restitution as ordered by the Judge and in accordance with the applicable provisions of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2248, 2259, 2264, 2327, 3663A and/or 3664. The defendant must also pay the assessment imposed in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 3013.
  15. The defendant must notify the U.S. Probation Office of any material change in the defendant’s economic circumstances that might affect the defendant’s ability to pay restitution, fines, or special assessments.

Travel Restrictions

The Southern District of Texas comprises 43 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 43 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 43 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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