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I live more than 4000 miles from the state I have the conviction. I was only 17 when it happened and am now 32. I have a family and 4 kids. I phoned my probation officer and told her I was starving and freezing to death and going home to my mom in Hawaii. I am paying the restitution and haven't been arrested since. Is there any chance to go here in Hawaii to get probation transferred here? I'll do it. I just can't go back to Colorado. I don't know anyone there at all.
Hi,There's no possibility of a transfer while you are out of compliance with Colorado probation and no way of taking care of this without returning to Colorado. It's commendable and in your favor that you made a successful and productive life for yourself despite your early difficulty, and this may get you some mileage with the court. Also, a voluntary return will get you more regard from the court than if you are brought back before the judge in cuffs. But the only way you can address it long distance is to retain a Colorado lawyer and see what he may be able to negotiate for you in advance of your return. If the prosecutor and probation were to agree, for example, to let you have some other non-incarceratory disposition, the judge may be willing to go along with it. If not, you then can decide for yourself whether to remain where you are and go forward with your life as it is or come in and vacate the warrant anyway.
Thanks for the advise. One last question and I hate asking it. I have been led to believe that if I don't address this (which I should) then I would never be eligible for food stamps, unemployment or social security if I need them is that "escaped felon" is on my record. Is that right?
Thank you Fran. I am heartbroken over this. I am actually his mom and I wanted to know for myself what can be done. A collection agency in Colorado contacted him and tried to tell him that he had to pay the full restitution before he could have things cleared. It's being paid monthly and I felt they were playing with him. I didn't know this happened to my son until it was done and he called me. I was going through a divorce after 17 years and he was heartbroken too and didn't want to upset me. I blame myself and want to help him. The truth is what I needed so I can walk with him through this. He is a wonderful man and it shouldn't have happened. Thank you. Now we begin the journey.
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