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Penalties for a parole violation

Being accused of a crime is tough. It is even more challenging facing conviction. Penalties associated with a criminal charge can be harsh; however, some offenders are afforded the opportunity to reduce his or her term of imprisonment. A conditional release before the end of an offender's sentence is complete is known as parole. If an individual is granted parole, it is vital to understand the terms of his or her release. Violating parole could result in criminal consequences.

Essentially, when a person is on parole, he or she is still under sentencing; however, he or she is now serving time outside of confinement. Therefore, any violation of the terms outlined for probation could result in an individual returning to jail.

A parole violation could occur for a variety of reasons. However, they deal with an individual not complying with the terms of the probation. This typically includes terms that state he or she must obey all laws, as well as terms that are specific to the offense, such as not consuming alcohol. There are also terms that are more technical, such as informing the court if he or she moves or changes jobs. When a parolee fails to comply with these terms and conditions, a parole violation could be issued. This could result in being returned to jail.

A parole violation could result in additional penalties. If a person is found guilty of a parole violation, the court could impose a wide variety of penalties. This could include an increased term of parole, fines, criminal charges and other similar consequences.

Because the situation and potential penalties can be serious, it is important to understand that there are criminal defense options following a parole violation charge. A defense mechanism could help an individual prove his or her innocence, helping to avoid penalties.

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