Before entering a discussion about violations and release applications, it’s very important to break down the general idea of what parole is. While the two are commonly confused with one another, it does not refer to the same concept as probation. They are separate matters. However, they do share one trait in common: just as violating probation comes with serious consequences, so does violating parole.
If you have been charged with violating the terms of your parole, you could potentially forfeit the privilege of living freely and be sent back to jail or prison. That means you will lose out on spending time with your family and friends, that your career and reputation will be compromised, and that your basic liberties will be taken away from you. You need an aggressive attorney who is committed to protecting and upholding your legal rights.
To get started exploring your options, call the law offices of Victor Knapp right away at (718) 263-9000 to arrange for a free case evaluation.
Victor Knapp: Queens & Brooklyn Parole Violations Lawyer
All you want to do is stay out of prison and move on with your life as a citizen. Unfortunately, the charges against you could compromise everything you have worked so hard to achieve. You earned an early release by demonstrating good behavior while you were incarcerated: now, you need to fight to keep it.
Queens and Brooklyn parole violations attorney Victor Knapp has more than 30 years of experience, and has worked with thousands of clients on a wide variety of charges. Victor Knapp will advocate tirelessly for you, and you will be carefully walked through each and every step of the legal process as your case develops. When you need the assistance of an experienced and dedicated attorney with a history of achieving favorable results, you can call on Victor Knapp.
How is Parole Different From Probation?
Probation means that a convicted offender is allowed to stay out of prison or jail and live within the public community, on the condition that he or she meets certain requirements, such as reporting to a probation officer and staying crime- and arrest-free during the probationary period.
By contrast, parole means that a convicted offender is released from prison or jail early, on the condition that he or she consistently meets any requirements imposed by the parole board.
Needless to say, being released from incarceration ahead of schedule is a highly desirable privilege. For that reason, the opportunity is not granted lightly: in exchange for early release, offenders must take care not to breach the conditional terms of their arrangement with the board. Typical violations include:
- Failing to report to an officer.
- Failing to find and maintain employment.
- Committing additional crimes, including misdemeanors.
- Failing to pass a drug test.
- Failing to attend mandatory drug and/or alcohol counseling.
- Failing to attend mandatory anger management and/or therapy.
If you are facing allegations of committing even one of these violations, everything you have worked for could end in a return back to a correctional facility. It is critical to the course of your future that you work with a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.
Applying for Parole Release
The sooner you can get out of jail and back to your friends, family, and freedom, the better. However, being granted an early release can be very difficult. For obvious reasons, leaving a correctional facility ahead of time is extremely desirable to virtually every offender behind bars, meaning the parole board must feel very confident that you have earned the privilege and will not pose a threat to the general public. An experienced defense attorney can help maximize your chances of earning — and keeping — a conditional release.
If you or someone you love has been charged with violating parole, or if you are interested in applying for release, New York attorney Victor Knapp wants to hear about your case. To schedule a completely confidential legal consultation, call our law offices right away at (718) 263-9000. You can also contact us online, and a representative will be in touch within 24 hours.