Probation

How Much Can a Probation Officer Micromanage Your Career?

Prison, supervised release, and probation don’t last forever, except in the case of the most serious crimes.  If your sentence involves reporting to a law enforcement officer while living and working in your community, you probably look forward to the time when you no longer need to meet with agents of the law so that they can pass judgment on everything you do in your personal and professional life.  Although having a criminal conviction on your record can make your job search more stressful, it does not automatically disqualify you from most types of employment.  You might find that your work helps keep you going and acts as a constant reminder that life goes on after the ordeal of getting a criminal conviction and serving a sentence.  The challenges are especially difficult if your conviction is for a sex offense, since you must report to the sex offender registry even after your probation ends, and in some cases, the court can even forbid you to engage in certain types of work.  A sex crime attorney can help you defend yourself against accusations of noncompliance with sex offender registry requirements and, if you have yet to be tried or sentenced, may even be able to help you entirely avoid having to register as a sex offender.

Defendant Failed to Report Job Offer to Probation Officer Because He Was Afraid of Hearing “No”

In 2018, Carlos Castillo of San Antonio was convicted of felony solicitation of a minor.  The court sentenced him to probation and ordered him to register as a sex offender and remain on the sex offender registry until 2038, requiring him to report details of his work to law enforcement, including job applications and offers and volunteer work.

In July 2022, Castillo was offered a job with the Texas Flight youth basketball team, and he accepted the job without notifying his probation officer.  The job description involves traveling with the team to tournaments, and Castillo later told his lawyer that the reason he did not report the job offer is that he was afraid that the probation officer would say no, since Castillo would be taking overnight trips with minors where he was one of only a few adults.  Castillo is now being accused of violating the terms of his probation.

Contact the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC About Sex Crime Cases

Representation by a criminal defense attorney is your best hope if you are suffering from the constraints and constant micromanagement of being on probation and having to comply with sex offender registry requirements. Contact the Law Office of Patrick J. McLain, PLLC to discuss your case.

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