Philadelphia Parole Violations Lawyer
Life can become quite difficult in the event that you have been convicted of a crime and are subjected to face criminal penalties such as jail, fines and conditions of probation. The experience becomes even more overwhelming when you have been accused of violating the conditions of your parole. You are now looking at a revocation hearing where you face the possibility of being re-sentenced by a judge for your alleged acts of this violation. When good goes wrong, you need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the stakes you are facing if convicted of this offense-your freedom, your reputation, and your life. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin we offer clients an aggressive, comprehensive defense to achieve the best possible results for their case.
Parole is the conditional release of a prisoner from jail after a certain amount of time served. The rationale for the early release of the individual is that – as determined by a parole board – prison is no longer the environment best suited for this person, as they have demonstrated good behavior, obeying rules while imprisoned, and are no longer considered a threat to society. Of course, this freedom is contingent upon following certain conditions levied by the board.
When an individual violates these conditions, they are found to be in violation of their parole. By violating parole, an individual is putting their freedom in jeopardy, as it is very likely that they will find themselves back behind bars. If you have been accused of violating your parole, it is essential you retain representation to help you avoid returning to prison. The criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will defend you from any charges, and work towards maintaining your freedom.
How Does Parole Work?
When the parole board grants an individual’s petition for parole, it allows for that individual’s conditional release from incarceration – with certain attached conditions. These conditions often include:
- Committing no future crimes
- Refraining from associating with convicted criminals
- Regularly scheduled communication with a parole officer
- Refraining from owning or using a weapon of any kind
- Applying for and maintaining employment
- Attending counseling or therapy sessions
- Attending drug or alcohol rehabilitation (if alcohol/drug related offense)
- Drug or alcohol screenings (if alcohol/drug related offense)
- Submission to warrantless search and seizure
If you are accused of violating your parole, it will likely be because your parole officer determined that you did not adhere to one or more of these requirements. You will be required to appear before the parole board or the court at a revocation hearing to defend against these accusations. If found to be in violation of your parole, potential consequences include:
- Parole revocation
- Potentially significant fines
- Custodial sentencing (meaning a return to prison)
- Transfer to a rehabilitation center if alcohol/drug related violation
- Parole reinstatement with significantly harsher terms than originally imposed
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
A Criminal Defense Attorney will work to preserve your freedom. Your lawyer will seek to prove that the preponderance of the evidence put forth by the prosecution does not show that a parole violation occurred. Remember, as the defendant, the burden does not lie with your attorney to prove your innocence, but with the prosecution to prove your guilt. However, unlike in a criminal trial, a parole violation does not need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. All the prosecution has to prove is that it is more likely than not that you violated your parole. Your lawyer will need to defend the Parole Violation, as well as any new criminal case. This means that you will be defending yourself on two fronts: the crime you were arrested for and the violation of parole. This is incredibly hard to do by yourself.
Your attorney will aggressively defend you on both fronts. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our criminal defense lawyers to discuss your options.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.