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Parole Eligibility

Parole Attorney Serving Sugarland and Katy, Texas

Everyone wants to get off parole early, but few people know the procedure and what it takes to succeed. That’s where Annie Scott’s Law Office comes in. We have Texas parole attorneys familiar with the system and the Texas Parole Board’s parole eligibility decisions.

We don’t accept cases; we take clients at the Law Office of Annie Scott. As a result, we know our customers and their families quite well. We can create persuasive parole programs beyond the statutory elements by getting to know our clients and their families. We explain why our clients will reintegrate effectively into society and deserve to be released on parole.

What is Parole in Texas?

Parole allows convicts to be freed from prison before concluding their sentence. They are overseen in the community rather than jail once they are released.

People on parole, often known as parolees, must follow the terms of their release. Parole can be revoked if they break any of these conditions. If their parole is revoked,the parolees may be sent back to jail to serve the remainder of their prison term. In Texas, parole infractions are distinct from probation violations.

Who is Eligible for Parole in Texas?

People who have served time in jail for a criminal offense are eligible for parole. The felony conviction determines parole eligibility in Texas. There are a few convictions that do not qualify for parole. Others may be eligible when a longer length of time has elapsed. People serving the following sentences are not eligible for parole:

  • death sentences
  • sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole
  • sentences for the crime of commission of continuous sexual abuse of a minor

Parole is available for all other criminal convictions. Texas, on the other hand, defers parole eligibility for some felonies.

How is Parole Determined by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles?

The parole board begins the parole eligibility and determination process by reviewing the offense and sentence:

  • Many persons can have parole eligibility for release after serving one-fourth of their jail or prison sentence.
  • The credit is then calculated by multiplying the good time by the actual calendar time served.
  • According to Section 498.001 of the Texas Government Code, a good time is determined by the offender’s behavior (as indicated in their categorization status), such as their desire to actively participate in educational programs, work, and vocational training.
  • The inmate’s good time has no bearing on the duration of their sentence. If sentenced to ten years, they will spend that time in custody (jail or prison) or under supervision (on parole).
  • As a form of punishment, a good time may be taken away.
  • The required release date for an inmate is when the offender has served enough calendar time plus good time to fulfill their jail or prison term. The mandated release date does not always imply they will be freed on that day. It typically means the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will conduct another parole eligibility review.

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Why is the Parole Packet So Important?

Each year, around 30% of eligible persons are granted parole. When properly written and filed, the parole packet explains the offender’s life narrative and sets out their future goals.

The parole board does not have infinite time to assess the inmate’s positive characteristics. The parole packet depicts the client in the best light possible to persuade time-pressed members that they are ready for community supervision—and that they will complete parole successfully.

Recognize that the parole board deals with many cases each day. They’ll probably spend a few minutes on each offender’s file. If the parole packet is well-organized and presented, it will set the convict apart from the thousands of other inmates. It also significantly improves their prospects of obtaining parole eligibility.

Can Parole in Texas Be Revoked?

After parole has been granted, it can be revoked. If any of the terms of the release plan are broken, the license might be revoked. Even minor infractions might result in a license revocation in Texas.

If police enforcement discovers that the term of the release plan has been broken, they can submit a request to the court to have it adjudicated. The court can then issue a bench warrant for the parolee’s arrest. A hearing for revocation will be arranged.

The prosecutor will prove that parole was broken during the revocation hearing. They must demonstrate this with a bulk of the evidence. The parolee can challenge the prosecutor’s case. Parole will be continued if the court determines that parole was not breached.

If the court determines that there was a violation, they have the following options:

  • decide that the infraction was minimal and that the parolee should be released with no restrictions
  • release the parolee and tighten the terms of their parole
  • incarcerate the parolee in an inpatient treatment center, usually for drug or alcohol rehabilitation
  • revoke parole and return the parolee to prison

How Can a Texas Parole Attorney Help Me?

Most inmates and their loved ones want to do everything possible to improve the chances of parole eligibility. Most people are unaware that preparing and submitting a parole packet to the Texas Board of Paroles and Pardons months before their hearing date is critical. The appropriate preparation of the parole package is not a do-it-yourself affair for most people.

The Texas parole attorney:

  • Obtains the inmate’s imprisonment records to keep track of their accomplishments and conduct while incarcerated (e.g., getting a GED certificate or no disciplinary infractions)
  • Gather the inmate’s records (e.g., letters of recommendations, school records, and job skills) before imprisonment.
  • Provides the parole board with a complete, comprehensive written parole packet to aid in decision-making.

An experienced parole attorney always thinks outside the box:

  • S/he develops and displays trial transcripts, affidavits, recordings, films, photos, risk assessment scorings, and more to deliver a persuasive parole packet.
  • S/he develops a post-release action plan for the parole board to evaluate. The inmate’s future career prospects, resources, and housing will be discussed in the post-release plan. Because the convict cannot be deemed a possible threat to the public, this information is critical to the parole board.
  • On behalf of the criminal, your attorney asks for an interview with the panel. The convict can talk directly with the members during the interview. Although a personal interview is not granted in every case, a request made by a parole attorney may boost their chances of getting one.
  • S/he works with parole board members to ensure that all of the inmate’s papers are received promptly.
  • S/he testifies in front of the board to support the inmate’s release.

Texas law distinguishes itself when it comes to parole eligibility. It’s a practice area in which most criminal defense lawyers aren’t involved. An expert parole attorney can make a significant difference in the result of a client’s case and parole eligibility.

Do I Need to Hire a Texas Parole Attorney?

If you are scheduled for a parole hearing, you should consider hiring a Texas parole attorney who has expertise representing convicts at parole hearings.

It is not necessary to hire counsel for a parole hearing. Many inmates rely on their own or family member’s efforts to complete the documentation and present their case during court. However, it may not be as successful as employing a parole attorney from the Law Office of Annie Scott who is familiar with the system.

Dedicated Parole Representation for You

Choosing a parole attorney is one of the most crucial decisions you will make. The potential for your loved one to be free and start a new life is on the line. Whether your loved one’s parole eligibility is being considered by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, or your loved one has been arrested for a parole violation and is facing a parole revocation hearing, you’ll want the most experienced and knowledgeable parole attorney in Texas on your side.

The Law Office of Annie Scott has unrivalled knowledge of Texas parole problems, and we concentrate our entire business on representing those who are facing parole eligibility or revocation. We are dedicated to meeting our clients’ demands, and we have the knowledge and experience to accomplish it in a very professional manner. Call our law firm for sound legal advice that can make a difference in your life. 

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