Simply stated, parole is the release of a prisoner (for a special purpose) either temporarily or permanently before the completion of a prison term — all on the promise of good behavior. Parole does have certain conditions attached to it, and if those conditions are ever violated, it could result in the individual being sent back to prison. If you have violated parole or are unsure if you’ve committed a parole violation, it’s important that you understand the consequences.
That’s where I come in. As an experienced criminal defense and parole violation attorney, I am here to provide compassionate services to those who have been both accused and convicted of criminal charges in Tennessee. My firm, the Law Offices of Fisher Wise, has been serving the Chattanooga area since 2008. If you live in or around Chattanooga, or the surrounding areas of Red Bank, East Ridge, Soddy-Daisy, Marion County, Rhea County, or Sequatchie County, I stand by ready to help you in any way that I can.
How Parole is Violated
The Bureau of Justice Statistics in August of 2020 estimated that roughly 6.4 million individuals were held in prisons or jails or were on probation or parole in 2018 alone. That’s a significant number of people to keep tabs on. Through the years, I’ve learned just how easy it can be to commit a parole violation, even without ever intending to.
Parole can be violated in a few different ways. Some may seem more obvious in nature, such as failure to report to your parole officer. Others might be less obvious, such as traveling outside of the area without permission. Here are a few other common parole violations that you should be aware of:
- Failure to Pay Fines
- Unauthorized Contact with the Victim
- Failure to Pass a Drug Test
- Any arrest for an Unrelated Crime
If you are found to be in violation of your parole, you could be facing a number of consequences, including the potential to be sent back to jail or prison. That’s why, if you’ve been accused of violating your parole, it is so important that you speak with an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.