What Happens if I Violate Parole in Texas?

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When you are granted the opportunity for parole in Texas, it can signal the start of a new chapter. Though you may carry around the impacts of a felony conviction, an early release from prison can help you start anew. However, if accused of a parole violation, this can quickly flip your newfound freedom upside down. As such, it’s critical to connect with Houston criminal defense attorneys immediately to protect yourself during these complex times. The following blog explores what you should know about a parole violation in further detail.

What Warrants a Parole Violation?

In Texas, those released on parole must often follow strict rules. Though the specific requirements will vary based on the crime you were convicted of and the circumstances surrounding your case, common parole conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • No drugs or alcohol
  • Relinquishing weapons
  • Reporting to your parole officer
  • Remaining in the state unless granted permission
  • Restrictions on internet use
  • Electronic monitoring

While this is not a comprehensive list by any means, it can provide an idea of what terms those released on parole can expect. As such, breaking any parole rules, such as failing a drug test or not reporting to your parole officer, constitutes a violation.

If I Violate Parole, What Can I Expect?

If you violate your parole, understanding what will happen next is critical. Generally, your parole officer will report violations to their higher-ups. They will likely, after reviewing the circumstances, issue a warrant for your arrest. This is because violating the terms of your parole can warrant a revocation, meaning you will go back to prison to serve the rest of your sentence.

After you are in custody, you will have a preliminary hearing in which a group of officers will determine whether or not these matters should proceed to a formal revocation hearing. This is where it will be determined whether or not you truly violated the terms, and if so, what punishment you can face. In some instances, this could mean being transferred to a treatment center, returning to prison, or implementing stricter parole terms.

Should I Connect With an Attorney?

If you are accused of violating the terms and conditions of your parole, understanding how to proceed is critical. Unfortunately, many assume it’s not worth fighting, as the parole board has the ultimate final say. However, working with an attorney can help you fight for the best possible outcome. For example, you may have had a reason to violate parole. If you missed a meeting, for example, because you were in the hospital, or your electronic monitoring device was defective and therefore issued a false location, you may be able to prove the circumstances were outside your control.

Regardless, it’s critical to connect with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you’ve been accused of violating your parole. At the Gonzalez Law Group, we understand how important your freedom is to you, which is why our team is committed to helping you through these times. Connect with us today to learn how we can assist you.