Parole Violation

Defending Yourself in a Parole Violation Case

When a parole officer determines that a parolee may have violated the conditions of release, either by committing a new crime or failing to adhere to the conditions of release, the Parole Board’s regulations provide for the issuing of a detainer warrant. If the warrant is issued, the parolee will be arrested and kept in a local jail, awaiting the outcome of a parole violation hearing. If the charges are not sustained at the hearing, the warrant will be lifted and the parolee restored to parole under supervision. If the charges are sustained, the parolee may be ordered to return to state prison or an alternative treatment facility.

All inmates released on parole are given a list of conditions they are supposed to hear to. Typically, restrictions include where the parolee can live, who the parolee can live with, where the parolee can work, and even who the parolee can associate with. Violating these conditions is called a technical violation.

One could simply acknowledge the violation and face the decision of the Administrative Law Judge, which may be incarceration, or one could build a defense to the violation.

If you failed to report to your parole officer, you will need a legal reason to not return to state prison. If you were working, and to avoid being fired, you needed to miss your report date, get proof that you were working. If possible, call my office before your PO charges you with a violation. If you have an addiction problem, start attending addiction meetings regularly, and ask your parole officer for treatment assistance.

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