Many times, when people get released from prison, they do so under a temporary “reintegration period”. They go through this period as they transition back into their normal lives. To ensure that convicts avoid bad behaviors and crimes of the past, they oftentimes have to go on “parole”. Parole is similar to probation in that it is a period when a criminal is under the supervision of the state.
Conditions of Parole
There are a few conditions of parole commonly imposed on parolees. For example, all parolees have to follow state and federal laws, and they usually have to stay in the state that they got incarcerated in until parole ends. In addition, they have to meet with their parole officer on a regular basis. Other common conditions of parole include:
- Actively seeking and maintaining employment.
- Seeking education.
- Advising their parole officer of a change in address.
- Not using or possessing drugs.
- Not using or possessing firearms or deadly weapons.
- Cutting ties with those currently in prison or on parole.
- Submitting to random or regular drug tests.
- Submitting to warrantless searches.
- Refraining from using or possessing alcohol.
- Submitting to polygraph tests.
If parole gets violated, consequences could happen. However, before these consequences get imposed on the parolee, they have the right to a hearing. During this hearing, the prosecution will build evidence against the defendant, and the defendant will have the right to defend themselves. A parole board will determine if the defendant is guilty of violation of parole or not.
If found guilty of violation of parole, you could face a number of different punishments. These include:
- Revocation of parole and being sent back to prison.
- Additional conditions of parole.
- Administrative actions.
The punishment involved in the case will depend on how parole was violated and how severe this violation was, as well as the parolee’s general behavior.
For assistance with parole violations, contact us. We can help you with your situation and answer your questions.