Probation & Parole

Understanding Probation

Many individuals who are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies in White Plains are allowed to serve part or all of the sentence on probation or parole. The jails and prisons are generally overcrowded, and the costs of holding a convict behind bars can be substantial, so the state is eager to defer these expenses wherever possible by offering this form of relief. When probation or parole is granted by the judge or parole board, it is usually on evidence that the individual does not require a full sentence to learn from the mistakes that led to arrest is and not likely to commit another crime if given a second chance. When the evidence in the case makes it impossible to exonerate the defendant or to have the charges dismissed, probation is the best possible outcome, while prisoners can seek parole after serving some portion of the sentence.

The terms of release can be strict and are usually determined in accordance with the original crime. Probation after a conviction for domestic violence will often include a protective order between the perpetrator and the victim, while DWI, DUI and DWAI offenders are typically forbidden to consume alcohol or to be present where alcohol is being served. If you were convicted of a drug offense, you may be required to submit to random urine tests to ensure that you have not consumed drugs. Other common terms include being required to report regularly to the probation officer, restrictions on your travel and the completion of rehabilitative programs such as alcohol counseling or anger management classes.

Parole Violations

If you have been accused of violating the terms of your probation or parole, you need to take decisive action to defend against the possibility of being forced to serve the full term of your sentence. Your chances of receiving another parole will be far less on a second request, and you may have no option but to wait until the date of your release. Retaining a White Plains criminal defense attorney to represent you in the pre-arrest will maximize your chances of a successful outcome, and it is crucial to have an attorney present at your hearing to contest the violation. I am Attorney John M. Cromwell, and have spent more than 24 years defending the rights of people in your position. I want to help you preserve your freedom.

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