Texas Parole Lawyer
Up for Parole? Talk to Our Sugar Land Parole Attorneys for Guidance
When you have been incarcerated for an extended period of time and are eligible for parole, it is important that you do everything in your power to ensure that you receive the freedom that you are seeking.
What is Parole?
Parole is the discretionary release of an offender, by a Board of Pardons and Paroles decision, to serve the remainder of a sentence in the community under supervision. Being granted parole is something that does not always occur and being eligible for parole is monumental.
When your parole eligibility date is given, you need to contact a Texas defense attorney at Stornello Law Firm, P.C. to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve and give yourself a fighting chance at being granted parole.
Early Release Options in Texas
The news and media portrays the criminal justice system in a way so it seems that once you are convicted, you are out of luck and you are at the end of your road. Do not be mistaken and misled by these dramatized representations of jail and prison. If you put your mind to it and truly commit yourself to early release, we are confident that you will be eligible.
You are approved eligible for parole after you have served:
- One-fourth of your sentence for most crimes
- One-half of your sentence for most serious crimes
Parole Eligibility Requirements
When your parole eligibility date is issued, you need to start thinking ahead about your Parole Board hearing. In Texas, The Board of Pardons and Paroles decides which eligible offenders to release on parole or discretionary mandatory supervision, and under what conditions.
The Board also decides whether to revoke parole if conditions are not met. Board Members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for six year terms. You will need to convince this Board that you should be granted an early release through parole.
At a Parole Board hearing, there are three main requirements that will be reviewed before you are granted freedom:
- Time behind bars: How much time you spent in prison is an underlying factor in all Parole Board hearings. The less time you actually put into a sentence, the less likely you may be to get parole. The board will also be concerned about what convictions and charges actually put you behind bars. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that you will not be a danger or menace to society if you are released.
- Work and living situation: Releasing an inmate from prison without determining where they will go from there is beneficial to no one. If you do not have a place to stay, such as a family member’s home, when you are released, the board is permitted to deny your parole, regardless of how good your behavior has been. It is also beneficial to your case if you have a job opportunity waiting for you when you get out.
- Rehabilitated: Most importantly of all, you will have to demonstrate to the board that you were rehabilitated during your time in prison. In other words, your actions and behaviors must indicate that you have “learned from your mistakes” and do not have any desire to break the law again. This can be more difficult than it seems in cases where the convicted has always argued to maintain their total innocence of the related crimes.
When you work with a parole lawyer from Stornello Law Firm, P.C., we will gather evidence from family members, such as:
- Proof of residency
- Transcripts of courses that you completed while in prison
If you have a job set up with a future employer as well, our Texas criminal defense attorneys can help prove that you will be active and remain a positive member of society. Reminder: the deadline for admission of this packet is six months before the parole eligibility date so you should always retain a criminal defense lawyer’s services as soon as possible.
Prepare for Your Hearing with Our Help
You may be understandably excited and anxious for your early release date on the horizon but do not lose sight of what is important: the strength of your argument during your Parole Board hearing. At Stornello Law Firm, P.C., our Sugar Land parole lawyers can work closely with your family members to prepare your case as thoroughly as possible. Believe us when we say that we want to see you treated fairly, living back in the comfort of your own home, and part of your community.
For years, Parole Board hearing cases have been a significant focus on our criminal defense practice. We know how the system works and what needs to be done to get the results you want. If your family members cannot work their schedule to meet with us in person, everything can be done remotely via phone, email, or video chats. Whatever needs to be done to make your parole a reality, we want to be the team you can count on.
Schedule a free case evaluation with a Sugar Land defense lawyer today to get answers to your most-pressing questions.
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