I have a P.O. that likes to bully and harass me just about every time I go to a scheduled office visit. So for my safety and security I am wanting to know my rights on this matter. Thank you
I am not aware of any law that would prohibit you from recording your meetings with your probation officer. North Carolina allows recording of conversations so long as at least one party to the conversation is aware of it.
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This would not be illegal. Best of luck!
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It is not against the law to record a conversation so long as one party to the conversation is aware that the recording is occuring. However, for those who are placed on probation, it is a regular condition of probation, pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 15A-1343, that probationers report as directed by the Court or the probation officer to the officer at reasonable times and places and in a reasonable manner .... Probation and parole is obligated by North Carolina a federal laws to maintain strict privacy for all probationers. Accordingly, I would forsee that probation and parole may have a reasonable issue against recording activity within its offices. While it may not neccessarily be illegal, I would advise against initially attempting to make a recording.
The best course of action would be to speak with your original attorney. Each district has special standards and practices. Your attorney may be able to give you the best direction based on those standards and practices. He or she may advise you to speak with your probation officer's supervising officer or to take some other course of action. Regardless, consulting with your attorney is the best step before attempting to make a recording.
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