What Happens if I Violate My Parole in California?

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What Happens if I Violate My Parole in California?

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When you are convicted of a crime and sentenced to spend time behind bars, it can be devastating. However, when granted the opportunity for parole, you may be ecstatic to use this second chance to turn your life around. Unfortunately, however, if you violate parole, you may face intense consequences. That’s why it’s critical to connect with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer who can help if you are accused of breaking the conditions of your early release. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with common parole terms and what you can expect if you violate these.

What Constitutes a Parole Violation in California?

When granted parole, it’s important to understand that this is a conditional release. Essentially, this means that you must follow the rules. Generally, some terms and conditions are somewhat universal to most who are released on parole, but you’ll find that depending on the circumstance of the crime you were arrested for, there will be more unique requirements you must meet. Some of the most common parole conditions include the following:

  • Checking in with a parole officer
  • Registering with your local police department
  • Cannot own weapons
  • Subject to searches of your home and property
  • Cannot consume drugs or alcohol
  • Must remain in the state unless granted permission to leave by your parole officer

Additionally, depending on the crime you were convicted of, you may find that you are prohibited from accessing the internet, viewing sexually explicit materials, contacting victims, or you must attend therapy.

What Penalties Can I Face if I Violate Parole?

If you violate the terms of your parole in California, you can face several penalties. Generally, your parole officer will report the violation to their superiors, the Board of Parole Hearings. Your officer will make a recommendation based on the circumstances by asking the Board to allow you to remain on parole or revoke the conditions.  If your parole is revoked, you will be returned to prison to serve the rest of your sentence.

If you remain on parole, the conditions you were subject to will likely become more intense and the term on which you were serving parole will be extended as a result.

Can an Attorney Help Me During These Matters?

Unfortunately, many on parole assume they have no legal rights during these times. However, you are allowed to obtain the guidance of an attorney who can represent your best interest during these matters. This is because the hearing serves as a mini-trial where you can present a defense. As such, obtaining legal representation can help determine what defense may work for your circumstances so you can fight for the best possible outcome.

At the Law Offices of Dale R. Gomes, our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to assist you during these complex matters. We understand how overwhelming the thought of having your parole revoked can be, which is why our team will fight for you. Connect with us today to learn more about how we can help you.