Parole Violations

Parole is often an option that is offered to jail and prison inmates who exhibit good behavior during their sentences. Sometimes parole can replace several years of a prison sentence, allowing an inmate to become reacquainted with society with some restrictions. Under a typical parole sentence, an individual must report to his or her supervisory officer, also known as a parole officer.

A person serving parole must also abide by certain rules and restrictions such as holding a job, abstaining from alcohol and/or drugs, maintaining a clean driving record, maintaining a clean criminal record, and more. If a convict on parole fails to meet these rules, she or he may be found to be in violation of parole.

A parole violation can be a serious offense that has far-reaching consequences for the offender. Parole is essentially a privilege given to certain inmates with the trust that they will abide by the rules that are set before them. When they violate that trust, the court may decide to have the individual placed back in prison to serve the remainder of his or her sentence. In extreme cases, a sentence may even be lengthened. To avoid returning to prison or being punished with an even longer sentence, it is crucial that individuals on parole exhibit good behavior.

Sometimes an individual may violate his or her parole by accident or without knowing that it has been violated. Unfortunately, the court may use this as an easy excuse to have a violator immediately returned to prison. If you have violated your parole or are unsure about the terms of your parole and where you stand, consider contacting a criminal defense lawyer immediately. A criminal defense attorney can negotiate with your parole officer or the court to argue for a second chance at parole.

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