What are the consequences of violating parole?

Anyone who violates parole conditions can face serious consequences, including a return to prison to serve some or all of their remaining original sentence. For example, failing to check in with your parole officer or committing a new crime can be considered parole violations.

If a parole officer reasonably believes a parolee has violated a condition of their release, the Board of Parole can issue an arrest warrant. The individual will be held without bail while the warrant is in effect, pending an outcome of the violation.

The parolee will then receive two legal documents with details about the alleged violation and upcoming legal proceedings. A Violation of Release Report specifies the violation you are charged with committing. A Notice of Violation details your legal rights and includes the date, time and location of your preliminary parole violation hearing.

A preliminary hearing will be held to determine whether there is probable cause to believe a parole violation occurred. If the court finds probable cause, the matter will move to a final hearing before the Board of Parole. If you are found guilty of violating parole, you could be sent back to prison. Otherwise, the warrant will be lifted.

If you have been accused of violating parole, you need legal representation. Because a preliminary hearing must take place within 15 days of the arrest warrant, it is crucial to act fast. Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer right away to ensure you have proper representation during your parole violation hearing.

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