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Supervision FAQ

Frequently asked questions
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Who qualifies for DNA collection?

All those convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in certain categories (see your probation officer for details) must submit to a DNA sample collection. Failure to cooperate in the collection of that sample may be treated as a violation of your supervision conditions and/or a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a sentence of one year in prison and fines up to $100,000.

Collateral consequences of a federal conviction - what "rights" do I lose?

There are significant collateral consequences that are imposed by law upon conviction for a felony offense.

The following is for informational purposes ONLY and further inquires should be directed to your attorney or appropriate authority and/or agencies.

  • Loss of Voting Rights Occupational Restrictions
  • Loss of professional license
  • Immigration (denial of entry, deportation, etc)
  • Potential Registration and/or Notification with State Authorities for certain offenses.
  • Federal Benefits (Certain federal benefits may be revoked or limited upon conviction for certain crimes)
  • Some convictions result in permanent disabilities and loss of civil rights which may only be reinstated through a presidential pardon.
  • Specific issues are addressed on a case by case basis and parities should be expected to represent their concerns in writing for court ruling.

Explain fines, restitution and special assessments

The U.S. Probation Office is committed to the rights of victims of federal crimes. This commitment includes full and timely collection of monetary penalties. There are (3) primary types of Criminal Debt. They are Special Assessment(s), Restitution and Fine(s).

Payments received by the U.S. Clerk's Office are applied in the following order:

  • Special Assessment
  • Restitution
  • Fines
  • Willful nonpayment may result in the court's revocation of parole, probation or supervised release. Fines and restitution are NOT DISCHARGEABLE in bankruptcy. Only the court may make post-sentencing decisions as to either the amount of the restitution or the schedule of payments.

Can I travel while on supervision?

Travel out of the District of New Jersey within the first sixty (60) days of your release is prohibited unless it is for work-related purposes and only after informing your probation officer of the same. Requests for travel of any kind must be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance of travel. International travel requires Court approval, therefore a minimum of four (4) weeks is required.

What about criminal associations, like co-defendants?

Individuals on federal supervision are NOT allowed to have contact with convicted felons or persons involved in criminal activity.

Must I report contact with other law enforcement agencies?

All individuals under supervision must report ALL law enforcement contacts, even those which are non-criminal in nature (i.e. motor vehicle, municipal ordinances, etc.)