Skilled and Aggressive Plano Parole and Probation Violation Attorneys
Committed to defending individuals accused of parole or probation violations
If you are on probation or parole, you have already had contact with the criminal justice system and have received a sentence for a violation of the law. During a period of parole or probation you have certain obligations to the criminal justice system, and your legal rights are usually also diminished. Conditions of parole or probation are specific to each offender and can limit what an individual can or cannot do, regardless of the legality of the act. For example, individuals on parole or probation may have conditions that prevent them or prohibit them from the following activities:
- Drinking alcohol
- Leaving the state
- Having contact with minors
- Being in certain establishments
- Maintaining steady employment
- Submitting to searches
- Drug and alcohol testing
Parole is the conditional release of a prisoner, provided that they agree to certain conditions.Courts may specify how much time a prisoner must serve at sentencing, and the decision of whether to grant a person parole is determined by a parole board. Factors such as good behavior while incarcerated and the perceived likelihood of recidivism are considered in making the decision as to whether to grant someone parole. Probation is usually granted in lieu of another sentence. Instead of sending an offender to jail, the court orders the offender to serve a certain period of probation and specifies conditions that the offender must abide by during this period. Such conditions are specific to each case and can range from a curfew to limiting contact with certain individuals. The level of supervision imposed in probation can also vary greatly. Unsupervised probation means that the offender is not supervised by any officer or department, and any conditions imposed are expected to be completed in a certain amount of time. On the other hand, supervised probation involves the offender checking in with a probation officer on a regular basis and possibly attendance at court ordered rehabilitative treatment or community service.
What is the difference between parole and probation?
Penalties for parole or probation violations
Depending on the severity of the offense, a parole or probation violation may result in either being revoked and resulting in you having to serve out the rest of your sentence. Generally, a minor violation will result in an extension of the period of supervision or additional conditions.
Call an experienced parole/probation violation attorney in Plano today for a free consultation
If you are been accused of a parole or probation violation, contact the law office of Starr Law, P.C. to speak with an experienced criminal attorney. Kent Starr has been practicing criminal defense law in Texas for 17 years and has the skill required to successfully defend parole and probation violation claims. Mr. Starr is an aggressive defense attorney and will not hesitate to take a case to trial if justice demands it. We offer free consultations, jail visits and offer payment plans. Mr. Starr also posts bond for individuals in custody throughout the state of Texas and provides a discount on legal fees should you choose to use him as both your bondsman and retain him as your attorney. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney, call us today at (214) 219-8440, or fill out our online contact form available here, and a member of our staff will be in touch with you shortly.