Parole Violation In Michigan
What is Parole?
Parole is the early release of a prisoner. Not everyone is eligible for this perk. Factors that will play a role in determining whether to grant parole to an inmate are the parolee’s age, risk to the community, the offense which landed the inmate in prison and the inmate’s behavior while imprisoned.
Parole Violation Procedure
Parolees are entitled to a hearing on a parole violation as long as the violation is not the result of a conviction for a felony or misdemeanor punishable by any term of imprisonment. Should a hearing become necessary, a parolee is entitled to have a reasonable amount of time to prepare a defense at the hearing. If a parolee claims to be indigent and cannot afford to hire an attorney, whoever is going to conduct the hearing must determine whether that is indeed the case. If it is, an attorney must be appointed.
Parole violation hearings are similar to a trial in the sense that a parolee is entitled to all evidence that will be submitted against him, enter other relevant evidence, has an opportunity to testify on his own behalf and has an opportunity to cross-examine adverse witnesses. If the parole board member or hearings officer determines that a parole violation has occurred by a preponderance of the evidence, a recommendation is made to the parole board. Should the board come to the same conclusion, it has the ability to revoke parole and send the offender back to jail/prison or extend the parole time period. Of course should it be found that a parolee has not violated parole, he will be released.
Contact a Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you have been accused of violating the terms of your parole, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. An attorney can help develop the best possible argument, and articulate it in the clearest way possible, on your behalf. Why risk losing your freedom to save a couple of dollars? What good is that money going to do you when you’re imprisoned? Akiva Goldman & Associates are experienced criminal defense attorneys who go the extra mile to help their clients achieve their objectives. Contact us today for a free initial consultation at 586-268-2400.
How A Michigan Parole Violation Lawyer Can Help
If you are a parolee that has been charged with a parole violation, it is important to contact an attorney. Violation of parole is likely to lead to severe consequences for those found guilty, and the standard required applied to making a determination of guilt or innocence is far less than that in a normal criminal trial. Contact Goldman & Associates today for a free consultation to find out what your chances are of avoiding a parole violation. Our lawyers can answer your questions and help you today.