Newark, N.J. Parole and VOP Lawyer
Parole is part of the sentence imposed by the Judge. Getting released on parole is not automatic. What you do before you get incarcerated, while you are incarcerated, and what you put into your parole plan all affect when and if you get released onto parole. As a general rule, you will serve at least 20% of your sentence before you are released into parole, unless you received a longer period of ineligibility as part of your sentence. Think of parole as a conditional release from prison, and if you violate the conditions you risk getting violated and sent back to finish your sentence.
If you are about to apply for parole, or have been served with a violation of parole, contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 to discuss what your options are.
How to Get Released on Parole As Soon As Possible
In a recent case, Howard Bailey got a client released on parole early, by having the client build a substantial basis for filing a Motion For Reconsideration of the sentence originally imposed by the Court. Together, the client and Mr Bailey provided the prosecutor with a sufficient basis to get the State to consent to the reduction to the minimum term. As a result, the client was immediately released from prison, and is living and working here in N.J. The type of support we used for the Motion would equally apply to support a client being considered for regular parole review.
Building a Plan for Life after Prison
A Parole Plan does not just happen. You build it a piece at a time. You should start preparing this plan as soon as you are convicted and before you are sentenced. Parole will pull your file and start to actually assess you about 6-months before your PED (Parole Eligibility Date). At the point that they start looking at you, everything you have prepared should be ready to submit to them. Obviously, what you submit are positive factors, and you want them submitted before parole looks at anything in your record that they may consider as a negative factor, to balance your review.
What Happens if You Violate Parole
When you are released on Parole, you are given a list of conditions you have to comply with. Some typical restrictions include: a restriction where you can live, a restriction on who you can live with, a restriction on travel, and a prohibition on drug and alcohol use. It is extremely important to understand the terms of your parole, as one violation can result in you being found guilty and subsequently incarcerated.