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Facing a parole violation

| May 5, 2021 | Parole & Probation

Being granted parole often feels like a lifeline for those who are ready to return to their normal lives, but who still have time left on their jail sentences. However, since parole is considered a conditional release, parolees are still technically under sentencing even though they are not behind bars. There are conditions of parole too, so all it takes is a single parole violation to send someone back to jail. 

What are conditions of parole? 

Conditions of parole will be a little different for everyone, although there are some common themes. For example, most parolees in this state are required to obey all Maryland state laws. There may also be terms specific to someone’s offense, such as abstaining from alcohol. Parolees are usually required to inform the court should they change jobs or move. 

What happens after a parole violation? 

The court can choose to impose a number of different penalties should someone violate the terms of his or parole. The penalty will depend on what parole condition was violated and if there were any previous violations. Possible penalties for parole violations include: 

  • Arrest warrants 
  • Parole revocations 
  • Increased terms of parole 
  • Fines 
  • New criminal charges 

Parole is not automatically revoked because of an alleged violation. Anyone in Maryland who is accused of a parole violation is entitled to have a hearing on the allegations, and parole cannot be revoked or suspended without good cause. Of course, this can still be a stressful experience, which is why some parolees find it helpful to reach out to a knowledgeable attorney about their options