Parole is the early release of a prisoner before they have completed the full term of their sentence on the promise that they will demonstrate good behavior once released. A parolee is not technically free until the length of their parole has passed. They are simply being allowed to serve the remainder of their sentence out in the world. Violating the terms of your parole agreement can result in serious consequences and even reincarceration. If you were caught violating parole work with an experienced Pottstown criminal defense lawyer for skilled representation.

Who is Eligible for Parole?

Parole is not a guarantee for any individual in Pennsylvania. Inmates are generally considered for parole once they have served their minimum sentence. A minimum sentence will vary depending on the crime they committed. Generally, courts impose a mandatory minimum of one-third or one-half of the maximum sentence.

Once an inmate has served their minimum sentence they may be awarded parole given that they have not committed any serious infractions while incarcerated, especially in the past year or two.

What Are the Conditions of Parole?

Being released from prison early on the promise of good behavior is a great opportunity for many inmates, but it does not free them of all legal responsibilities. When an inmate is released on parole they are assigned a parole officer who is responsible for checking in on the parolee and ensuring that they abide by the terms of their release. The terms are set to maintain the safety of the community and prevent the parolee from engaging in more criminal behavior. The following are examples of terms that may be included in the conditions of parole.

  • The parolee must live in a designated city or county
  • They must obtain and maintain stable employment
  • They must obey all laws
  • They must participate in weekly check-ins with their parole officer
  • They cannot travel certain distances or outside of the state without prior approval from their parole officer
  • They must agree to random searches
  • They must report any changes in residency or employment to their parole officer

What Happens if You Are Caught Violating Parole in PA?

In Pennsylvania there are two categories of parole violators, called TPV and CPV. A TPV (technical parole violator) is someone who violates one or more of the conditions of their parole like skipping check-ins, moving residencies without permission, or traveling outside of the country without permission.

A CPV (convicted parole violator) is someone who violates their parole by committing a crime while on parole. One of the conditions of parole that applies to everyone is that they must obey all laws. Committing any crime is in violation of parole.

Anyone caught violating parole in any way will have to attend a hearing where a board will decide how to proceed. Your parole may be revoked and you may be forced to return to prison to finish out the remainder of your sentence. You may also be convicted of a new crime and have to serve time for those charges. If the violation was minor you may avoid reincarceration but have stricter terms imposed or time added to the length of your parole.

To avoid being sent back to prison contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer today.