BRYAN, Texas. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2012, 851,158 adults were on parole in the U.S. Parole can be an excellent alternative to serving jail time for many individuals facing criminal charges. However, parole comes with its own risks. According to the Marshall Project, as many as 61,000 people are in prison due to minor parole violations. These violations can be as simple as staying out past curfew, failing a urine test, or missing an appointment with a parole officer. These parolees are in jail not because they committed a new crime, but because they committed a technical parole violation.
Sometimes following the technical rules of parole can be difficult. Take, for instance, a situation where a person needs to maintain a job and also keep all appointments with a parole officer. What happens if a person’s job schedule conflicts with a meeting with a parole officer? Unfortunately, not all parole officers are flexible or understanding. Sometimes, individuals find themselves in catch-22 situations where they are forced to choose between jail time and their jobs. If you are facing jail time for a technical parole violation, you may want to speak to the Bryan, Texas criminal defense lawyers at the Wagnon Law Group, P.L.L.C.
Other standards for parole restrict parolees from associating with felons or ex-convicts. But, according to the Chicago Sun Times, this group may include family members and other loved ones. While it may make sense to ensure that former gang members don’t get involved in gang activity when they get out of jail, at what point is it cruel and unusual punishment when the requirements for parole may mean that a person cannot see a brother, father, or spouse?
The reality is that the public often relies on officers to use common sense when deciding whether or not to make an arrest. Sadly, issues of race and bias may play a role in who gets arrested and who goes free.
Parole comes with serious consequences. In some cases, the state offers individuals plea deals in exchange for parole and no jail time. However, the consequences of having a criminal record and living under the burden of parole rules can be challenging. The impact can extend to your personal life, your work life, and future opportunities.
If you are being charged with a crime, it is important to understand your rights. Many individuals plead guilty to crimes they have not committed because they fear harsher sentencing when facing trial. However, these individuals may not be aware that the state may not have a strong or even a valid case. Wagnon Law Group, P.L.L.C. in Bryan Texas are criminal defense lawyers who can review the evidence gathered against you and determine whether your civil rights may have been violated during your arrest. Even a misdemeanor charge can have a serious impact on your life and future prospects. Parole places limitations on your freedom and could put you at risk of arrest in the future. Seek help before taking a plea deal.