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Parole or probation meeting: Recording them requires consent

When you are on probation or parole, you want to walk the straight line. You don't want to get into any more trouble. Most people in this position are ready to finish their monitoring time so they can move on with life.

There are some instances in which something might not seem right with your probation or parole officer. You might be tempted to record the meetings with your officer; however, you must have the consent of your officer to do so. Maryland is one of the 11 states that requires all parties to provide permission before conversations can be recorded. This means that you can't just leave your phone on record and tape the meeting without them knowing.

If your probation or parole officer isn't acting in a professional manner, you might decide that you need proof of the unprofessional behavior. Unfortunately, you can face more criminal charges if you decide to record the meeting without consent. This could lead to your probation or parole being revoked.

When you are dealing with a probation or parole officer who doesn't seem to be on the up-and-up, you might have to get a bit creative in order to make sure you are protecting yourself. For example, you might ask nicely if you can record the meetings so that you can replay them later to ensure that you aren't missing anything important. If they give the consent, you will be able to record the meeting, but be sure you get them to reiterate again on the taped conversation that they consent to the recording.

Source: FindLaw, "Can I Record My Parole or Probation Officer Meetings?," George Khoury, Esq., accessed June 23, 2017

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