Some criminal penalties result in an individual spending time in prison. This can be a period of weeks, months or even years. If an individual has shown exemplary behavior during their sentence, it’s possible that they may be offered parole.
Essentially, this is an early release. However, parole generally comes with some conditions attached and if these conditions are broken then the consequences can be severe.
Outlined below are some of the more common examples of parole violations.
Failing to report to the parole officer
Upon release, you will be assigned a parole officer. It is their job to monitor how you are integrating back into society. They are also there to ensure that you adhere to the law and further conditions of your parole. You’ll be expected to work with them by attending regular appointments and making phone calls. These conditions will be mandatory. Failing to attend a scheduled meeting with a parole officer is a violation that could see you sent back to prison.
Associating with known criminals
Part of the reason you landed in trouble before was that you fell in with the wrong crowd. Your parole conditions state that you are not permitted to associate with the same people again or other known criminals. This is both so that the wider community is safe and it will also help ensure that you do not land up in trouble with the law again. If you are seen associating with known criminals, this could be a ticket straight back to jail.
Of course, as with criminal charges, parole violations have to be proved. You may have had a legitimate reason for missing an appointment with your parole officer. When facing allegations of this sort, it is in your best interests to have legal guidance behind you.