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In Texas, you are likely to face severe penalties if you are charged with violating your probation or parole. If you have been arrested and have charges pending associated with violating your probation or parole, contact a local attorney who has experience working in the Dallas or Collin County area.

Understanding Parole in Texas

To begin with, parole is described as the conditional release of prisoners before they have completed their sentence. In most cases, a paroled prisoner will be supervised by a public official. This official is commonly known as a parole officer.

If it has been found that a paroled individual has violated the terms and conditions of her release, he or she may be forced to return to prison. When making the decision as to whether the individual should return to prison, an officer will consider the severity of the violation. Violations range from failing to keep a job to committing another crime.

Keep in mind that prisoners do not have an automatic right to parole. Typically, prisoners will be reviewed by a parole board and this board will decide whether the prisoner is eligible for parole and under what terms.

If the prisoner is granted parole, he will likely be required to obtain an approved residence and shall report within three days after release to the local U.S. Probation Office. He will then continue to report to his parole officer in person. Often times, monthly written reports are required as well.

Terms and Conditions of Your Parole

Once you are granted parole, you will be notified regarding all of the various terms and conditions you must follow. However, if you find the conditions of your release to be unjust, you may complete an appeal form within 30 days after your initial release. Take note that your appeal may or may not be granted.

Furthermore, additional conditions may be incorporated with your parole in certain situations. If an officer or the U.S. Parole Commission (Commission) itself proposes changing or adding to the terms of your release, you will receive notification and be allowed up to 10 days to submit any written comments to the Commission.

What is a Parole Violation?

A parolee is expected to abide by and follow his own specific terms and conditions of release. If the parolee violates any of his specific terms, he is subject to consequences. Parole violations will vary depending on the individual parolee’s conditions of release, but common violations may include:

  • Owning or possessing a firearm,
  • Committing another crime while on parole,
  • Failing to find and/or keep a job; or
  • Failing to receive special permission for travel outside of the state.

If it has been found that one or more conditions has been violated, sanctions will be brought against the parolee. Typically, the parole officer will report the violation to the Commission and a Commissioner will determine the appropriate sanctions. While an officer is required to report any and all violations to the Commission, the officer may recommend that the parolee should continue with this parole rather than be returned to prison.

Contact an Experienced Defense Attorney

When dealing with issues related to parole violations or any other criminal matter, it is best to work with an experienced attorney who will work with you and ensure that you receive the best defense possible. Contact The Wilder Firm today to learn how we can protect your rights and fight for you!

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