Parole Violations and Revocations

Parole and Special Parole are two ways a convicted individual can be released from prison before the end of a sentence. Whether and when a person is eligible for parole depends on the convicted offense. Some are eligible at 50% and others 85% with very few not eligible at all. The Board of Pardons and Paroles decides whether to grant an a prisoner parole. 

Special Parole is part of a sentence ordered by a court. It comes after an individual finishes a term of prison or instead of it if there is a suspended sentence. In some ways it is similar to probation. Parolees and Special Parolees are considered to be in the custody of parole while out of jail. Unlike probation, there is no judicial process for a violation (in a violation of probation, a probationer can bond out of jail and contest the case with a hearing before a judge). When a parole violation is charged, a parolee can be remanded to custody and cannot bond out. He or she does have a right to a process--and to counsel--to determine whether a violation has occurred and what should happen as a result. 

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Hiring an attorney to defend a parole violation could make all the difference between freedom and imprisonment. There are two types of parole violation hearings: a preliminary hearing and a final revocation hearing. In a preliminary hearing, the hearing officer must determine whether there is probable cause that a violation occurred and if there is, whether it is serious enough to warrant final revocation hearing and whether the parolee should be remanded (in jail) or released pending the revocation hearing. Parole hearings are not judicial and less formal than court hearing, resembling (but not the same as) administrative hearings. Rules of evidence are less rigorous and there is not a right to confrontation. Unlike criminal and administrative hearings, a decision by parole cannot be appealed. 

Connecticut Parole Violation Attorney

Christopher DeMatteo is an experienced criminal defense and trial attorney. He also represents clients in probation and parole violation proceedings. He recently won a parole violation case at the preliminary stage. The hearing officer found probable cause but did not find it to be serious enough to proceed to a revocation hearing. The client was released and placed back on parole.