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Parole is a type of supervised release. An inmate released from California state prison must follow certain conditions as part of their parole. If they do, then they can stay out of prison for the duration of their parole and ultimately gain freedom.
However, parole comes with many conditions which you must follow. And if you violate any of them, you could end up right back where you started—behind bars. This is a serious situation, and we encourage anyone with questions to contact My Rights Law. We are a group of experienced California parole violations attorneys who can jump in and defend your freedom. It is possible to stay out of prison when you violate parole, but you need a seasoned advocate’s help.
Who Receives Parole?
Parole is usually standard after a prison term. An inmate will be paroled once they serve their sentence unless they are a risk to public safety. However, others receive parole from the state’s Parole Board.
What Are The Conditions Of Parole?
The former inmate now on parole is called a “parolee.” They must abide by conditions and requirements set by the parole board. Here are some common ones:
Consent to a search at any time regardless of whether the police have a warrant
Avoid associating with certain people, such as gangs
Avoid possessing or being around firearms
Avoid using the internet without prior approval
An inmate will need to agree to conditions such as these before being released.
What Is A PC 3056 Parole Revocation Hearing?
Any parolee who violates a condition or term of parole can be sent back to California state prison for a year. However, they will have a parole revocation hearing (also known as a parole violation hearing) first.
The purpose of the revocation hearing is to determine:
Whether probable cause exists that you violated a term of the parole or a new law, and
Whether revocation of parole is appropriate in light of the violation.
As you can see, being sent to state prison is not automatic. You have an opportunity to argue that you didn’t violate parole or that any violation was too minor to warrant revocation.
As a parolee, you have certain due process rights, such as the right to a written notice of your alleged violation and the opportunity to present evidence and be represented by an attorney. We encourage you to take full advantage of these rights.
What Happens At A PC 3056 Revocation Hearing?
This hearing is held either before the deputy commission or the entire parole board. Evidence against you will probably consist of an officer who arrested you, your parole officer, or any witnesses. For example, if you are picked up for DWI while on parole, the arresting officer might testify and introduce evidence from a chemical test.
You can also present evidence on your behalf. Your attorney can cross-examine any witnesses testifying against you and have your witnesses testify.
What Is The Standard Of Proof At A PC 3056 Revocation Hearing?
The proof of a parole violation that the prosecutor must show is lower in a parole revocation hearing than it was for your criminal trial. In a criminal trial, you can only be convicted with proof beyond a reasonable doubt. By contrast, the standard in a parole revocation hearing is a preponderance of the evidence. Essentially, this means it is more likely than not that you violated your parole.
Can You Return To Jail If You Lose?
Yes. You can go back to jail for up to one year. If you broke a new law (instead of simply violating a condition of parole), the state could also bring new criminal charges against you.
What Happens If I Win At The PC 3056 Revocation Hearing?
Then you continue with your parole and, if all goes well, will complete it with no further allegations against you.
Can A Parole Lawyer Help Defend Me?
Yes. We can fight to keep you out of prison by raising many different arguments:
You didn’t violate a condition of your parole. For example, you might be accused of moving to a different city when you never did.
You violated a condition of parole, but it was minor or accidental. As a result, your parole should not be revoked.
You didn’t commit another crime while on parole. An accusation is just that—an accusation. We can prove to the parole board that you didn’t break any law.
You broke the law but were justified. For example, you might have assaulted someone in self-defense after they attacked you first.
Lawyers For Parole Fighting For Your Freedom
One small mistake on parole shouldn’t send you back to jail. My Rights Law is committed to ensuring that parolees receive fair treatment through the revocation process. This is not the time to try and defend yourself on your own. For more information about probation and parole violations, contact a criminal defense attorney at My Rights Law today by calling (888) 702-8882 today or contact us by completing our secure web form for a free, confidential consultation.