After being convicted of a felony and 3 misdemeanors, I served 50% of 5 years (2.5 years) in prison and am now approaching the end of my 3 year parole.
For all of the negatives that can come with Parole, there is at least one positive: someone tells you exactly what you must comply with. You’re told where you can and cannot live, you’re told what you can and cannot do for Halloween, and you’re told where you can or cannot be.
I’m excited to have most of my limitations removed, but I’m unsure of how to make sure I stay in compliance with local, county, state, and federal regulations, especially when they are frequently changing. Does any one have a good method in place for finding out this information?
Next, I’m not sure that staying in CA is preferable due to high cost of living, fairly strict regulations, etc. However, I get incredibly confused when I try to look at what is entailed for moving to another state. Some questions:
1. How does SORNA and/or Adam Walsh CPS Act fit in to this decision? Does it matter if the new/old state is SORNA compliant?
2. Do I fall under the new State’s guidelines for classifications, tiers, rules, etc? Do I fall under California’s? Do I fall under the harsher of the two?
Thankfully I run a fairly successful small business and I’ve been able to go my time on parole without any sort of violations or police interactions (beyond annual registration), but I’m trying to get a handle on what the next phase of my life will look like. Any advice is appreciated.
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