Parole is often granted because you have proved that you are rehabilitated and can become a law-abiding citizen. In order to receive parole though, you have to agree to some specific terms such as:
- Not associating with other convicts
- Reporting to a parole officer
- Staying out of legal trouble
- Maintain steady and gainful employment
- Notify your parole officer of any change of address or employment
- Avoid possessing any firearm or deadly weapon
Parole Violation in NJ
When you are accused of parole violation, it means you have not fulfilled at least one of the requirements of your parole. Because of this, you face going back to prison to serve out the rest of your sentence, or possibly serve more time. It is crucial that you speak with an experienced parole violation lawyer if you have been charged. You have a legal right to defend yourself. Fontanella, Benevento, Galluccio & Smith will help you resolve your parole violation issue.
There are some general violations that could put your freedom at risk, such as:
- Subsequent offenses
- Failure to meet with your parole officer
- Failing drug or alcohol tests
A parole violation means that you may have to complete the remainder of your sentence. If you are accused of committing another crime during your parole, you could serve a sentence for that crime and your original offense.
Possible Penalties for Parole Violation in NJ
If your parole officer believes that you have violated your parole, you will be arrested. Your parole officer isn’t required to have solid proof of the violation. If the officer believes you’ve committed another crime, you will be arrested and held without bail until your parole revocation hearing.
A parole revocation hearing is different from a traditional trial. There’s no chance to present your side of the facts to a jury. The prosecutor in your original trial had to prove you were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Instead, the hearing officer only needs to hear evidence that is clear and convincing that you violated one or more of your parole terms. Possible outcomes of a hearing:
- Return to prison for the remainder of your sentene
- New parole terms and conditions
- Violation is not proven
If you’re facing a violation revocation hearing, your freedom is at risk. Confusion about parole terms is normal, and speaking with a experienced parole violation lawyer is critical. Your parole officer may make a mistake about your violation. Regardless of the reason you’re facing a parole violation charge, our attorneys at Fontanella, Benevento, Galluccio & Smith will help you.