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4 Things to Do if You Violate Your Parole

Violating parole can lead to a number of consequences, such as fines, a longer parole term, or serving the remainder of your term in prison. However, with the right steps, you can better face and defend your violation.

1. Stay Calm

A parole violation can occur in a number of ways, such as failing a drug test, getting arrested for a crime, or missing a meeting with your parole officer. If you violate your parole, keep a level head, and remain calm. What you say and do during an arrest, or while in court, could affect the outcome of your violation case.

2. Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer

When facing a parole violation, legal representation is a huge asset. A criminal defense attorney can help you with specific decisions regarding your violation. Should your case go to trial, your attorney will also discuss defenses, penalties, and all details of your case to help defend you in court.

3. Talk to Your Parole Officer

When you violate your parole, your parole officer will either notify the court, or personally discuss the violation with you. If you have a good relationship with your parole officer, you can speak to them about your violation, and possibly avoid a hearing. Talk to your attorney to see if speaking to your parole officer is a beneficial option.

4. Build and Present a Defense

Because parole hearings are not heard in front of a jury, you will be presenting your defense before the presiding judge. When determining your sentence, the judge will consider the charges against you, your defense, the original crime, the violation itself, and other factors. Common penalties for parole violation include:

  • Parole revocation
  • Increased parole term
  • Fines
  • Criminal charges

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With over 20 years of combined experience, our criminal defense lawyers are dedicated to defending your rights. We work with you to build evidence against your charges, and we'll discuss all legal options with you as we work toward a beneficial outcome. Don't risk your parole. Work with attorneys who care and have the knowledge to fight for you.

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