Can A Felon Associate With Other Felons?
This is another question that I was asked recently. As a general rule, there aren’t any laws that prohibit one convicted felon from associating with another convicted felon.
As always, though, there are exceptions.
The big exceptions to this would be if you are currently on probation or parole or any other supervised program imposed by the Court. If you’re on probation or parole (or have been in the past), I’m sure you know that they can put all kind of restrictions on what you are and aren’t allowed to do.
Many times, you are not supposed to associate with other felons. Generally, there’s a good reason behind this. They figure that if you aren’t hanging out with other convicted criminals, you are less likely to commit any more crimes. To be honest, that’s probably true.
Sometimes it’s hard, though, especially if your family members or long-time friends are also convicted felons. You can’t just not be around your family, can you? Fortunately, courts and probation and parole officers understand that.
As for whether or not it’s a good idea to hang around other felons, well, one of the reasons that I have managed to overcome my past and become successful is because I stopped hanging out with those people who I had a habit of getting in trouble with.
I’m sure there are people somewhere who can continue to hang out with their old friends (who continue to do things they shouldn’t) and not get in trouble, but that wasn’t me. I had to make new friends if I wanted to put my past life behind me.