Parole was something you looked forward to, as it got you out of prison but now, something happened and you’ve violated it. Yes, that can lead to a number of penalties, but with the right defense, you may be able to reduce your risk of having parole revoked. According to the Maryland Parole Commission, parole is discretionary and conditional. What that means is that if you do something you aren’t allowed to do while on parole, the court can take your parole away and place you back in prison.
Some of the most common parole violations include having a gun or firearm, which is illegal for most people with felony convictions, failing your drug test, failing to check in on time with your parole officer, associating with known felons or failing to take part in your community service hours. If you leave the state without permission or even just leave your area without permission, you could face your parole being revoked.
Changing your address without notification or speaking with someone even though you have a no contact order can also place you in hot water with the law. Any kind of crime can be considered a violation of parole, and that means a warrant could be out for your arrest.
You don’t need to risk your freedom due to a single mistake. To learn more about what you can do if you’re facing a parole violation hearing, please take a few moments to look over our webpage on probation and parole violations. You may be able to reduce your penalty or work with the court to get back on track with your parole.