Texas Parole Lawyer
Up for Parole? Talk to Our Houston Parole Attorneys for Guidance
When you have been incarcerated for an extended period of time and are
eligible for parole, it is important that you do everything in your power
to ensure that you receive the freedom that you are seeking. Parole is
the discretionary release of an offender, by a Board of Pardons and Paroles
decision, to serve the remainder of a sentence in the community under
supervision. Being granted parole is something that does not always occur
and being eligible for parole is monumental. When your parole eligibility
date is given, you need to contact a Texas defense attorney at
Stornello Law Firm, P.C. to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve and give yourself
a fighting chance at being granted parole.
Early Release Options in Texas
The news and media portrays the criminal justice system in a way so it
seems that once you are convicted, you are out of luck and you are at
the end of your road. Do not be mistaken and misled by these dramatized
representations of jail and prison. If you put your mind to it and truly
commit yourself to early release, we are confident that you will be eligible.
You are approved eligible for parole after you have served:
- One-fourth of your sentence for most crimes
- One-half of your sentence for most serious crimes
Parole Eligibility Requirements
When your parole eligibility date is issued, you need to start thinking
ahead about your Parole Board hearing. In Texas, The Board of Pardons
and Paroles decides which eligible offenders to release on parole or discretionary
mandatory supervision, and under what conditions. The Board also decides
whether to revoke parole if conditions are not met. Board Members are
appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for
six year terms. You will need to convince this Board that you should be
granted an early release through parole.
At a Parole Board hearing, there are three main requirements that will
be reviewed before you are granted freedom:
Time behind bars: How much time you spent in prison is an underlying factor in all Parole
Board hearings. The less time you actually put into a sentence, the less
likely you may be to get parole. The board will also be concerned about
what convictions and charges actually put you behind bars. Their ultimate
goal is to ensure that you will not be a danger or menace to society if
you are released.
Work and living situation: Releasing an inmate from prison without determining where they will go
from there is beneficial to no one. If you do not have a place to stay,
such as a family member’s home, when you are released, the board
is permitted to deny your parole, regardless of how good your behavior
has been. It is also beneficial to your case if you have a job opportunity
waiting for you when you get out.
Rehabilitated: Most importantly of all, you will have to demonstrate to the board that
you were rehabilitated during your time in prison. In other words, your
actions and behaviors must indicate that you have “learned from
your mistakes” and do not have any desire to break the law again.
This can be more difficult than it seems in cases where the convicted
has always argued to maintain their total innocence of the related crimes.
When you work with a lawyer from Stornello Law Firm, P.C., we will gather
evidence from family members, such as letters, proof of residency, and
transcripts of courses that you completed while in prison. If you have
a job set up with a future employer as well, our Texas criminal defense
attorneys can help prove that you will be active and remain a positive
member of society.
Reminder: the deadline for admission of this packet is six months before the parole
eligibility date so you should always retain a criminal defense lawyer’s
services as soon as possible.
Prepare for Your Hearing with Our Help
You may be understandably excited and anxious for your early release date
on the horizon but do not lose sight of what is important: the strength
of your argument during your Parole Board hearing. At Stornello Law Firm,
P.C., our Houston parole lawyers can work closely with your family members
to prepare your case as thoroughly as possible. Believe us when we say
that we want to see you treated fairly, living back in the comfort of
your own home, and part of your community.
For years, Parole Board hearing cases have been a significant focus on our
criminal defense practice. We know how the system works and what needs to be done to get
the results you want. If your family members cannot work their schedule
to meet with us in person, everything can be done remotely via phone,
email, or video chats. Whatever needs to be done to make your parole a
reality, we want to be the team you can count on.
Schedule a free case evaluation
with a Houston defense lawyer today to get answers to your most-pressing