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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Parole Violations in California

Parole violation is a serious criminal offense in California that can result in an extended prison sentence and severe fines. If you have been charged with violating parole in California, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately for a case review. If you do not, your freedom may be in jeopardy.

Parole occurs when a prisoner (also known as a parolee) is released early from their prison term. California State Parole Board makes the decision to parole a prisoner. The Board may either grant parole on a discretionary basis, or authorize the parole of a prisoner based on a mandated sentencing statute.

Parole Conditions

When a parolee is released on parole, he or she will be assigned to a parole officer that defines the conditions of parole. Examples of parole conditions include the following:

  1. Where the parolee can live;
  2. Who the parolee can associate with;
  3. Routine drug and alcohol testing;
  4. Regularly meeting with the parole officer;
  5. Refraining from committing any type of crimes;
  6. Travel restrictions; and
  7. Entering into a drug/alcohol rehab or anger management program.

 

The parolee must comply with the conditions of his or her parole or be subject to fines, penalties, and possible re-incarceration.

Parole Violations in California

If a parolee violates the conditions of his or her parole, then he or she may have the term of his or her parole extended, may be sent to a local county jail for a brief specified period of time, or may be sent back to prison.

Note, before the parolee is convicted of violating the conditions of his or her parole, under the due process clause, he or she must be given notice of the claimed violation(s), a preliminary hearing to determine if a violation has in fact occurred, and a final formal hearing before the parole board.

Legal Representation for Parole Violations

If you have received notice that you have violated a condition of your parole, you should consult with a parole attorney for legal assistance prior to your first hearing.

The parole violation system is different than the traditional legal system. California parolees have different legal rights than the rights of a criminal defendant being charged for a criminal offense in Superior Court.

A criminal defense attorney with experience handling parole issues can help you prepare a defense argument to present your case in the most effective manner possible.

 

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