On Probation or Parole?
Generally, anyone who’s convicted of a crime will spend at least some time (normally one to five years) on probation or parole—called the “term” of probation or parole. Probation and parole are both systems whereby a person who’s been convicted of a crime is released to the community (as opposed to being in jail or prison) but must abide by certain conditions.
Parole usually comes after a person completes a term in state prison, having been convicted of a felony crime. Probation, on the hand, is normally served subsequent to or in lieu of a county jail term. Probation can be for felony or misdemeanor convictions.
Navigating the probation and parole systems can be daunting. And if you’ve been arrested for violating a condition of probation or parole, serious consequences can follow.
An attorney who’s knowledgeable about probation and parole can help you understand how these systems work and advise you on what to do if you’re having any issues. You might also want to consider hiring an attorney if you were accused of violating conditions of probation or parole.
Looking for a Lawyer?
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Ready to Meet With a Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you trust.
What to Ask a Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- what are my options for terminating probation or parole early?
- what are the consequences I’ll be facing for a probation or parole violation?
- do I have to tell my probation or parole officer if I switch jobs or residences?
- do I have a right to a hearing to fight my probation or parole violation?