Grand Rapids Parole and Probation Violation Lawyer Safeguards Your Freedom
Criminal defense attorney assists clients with parole and probation matters
Probation and parole serve important goals in the Michigan criminal justice system. Judges have discretion to order probation instead of a jail sentence for a defendant who is not a threat to the public and who is deemed capable of rehabilitation. A prison inmate may be released on parole upon similar considerations. With more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney at The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC in Grand Rapids, I’ve argued successfully for clients’ eligibility for probation or parole. However, any violation of the terms of release can put your freedom in jeopardy. I am a skilled Grand Rapids parole and probation violations attorney who will put up a strong defense if you are accused of such a violation.
How probation and parole work in Michigan
Probation and parole are both alternatives to jail time. The major difference is when they occur. Probation is decided by a judge at time of sentencing based on such factors as:
- The level of the offense
- The circumstances in which the offense occurred
- The offender’s prior record
- The likelihood criminal behavior will not be repeated
For defendants charged with low-level drug crimes who have no prior convictions, a judge could order a diversionary program, drug counseling and/or community service in lieu of jail. Sometimes prosecution is deferred and charges are dropped after the probationary period. However, if the offender violates any conditions of probation, the court can order a period of incarceration appropriate to the offense.
Parole eligibility, on the other hand, is determined after a convicted defendant has served a certain amount of his or her prison sentence. A parole board reviews the case and considers the parole applicant’s:
- Good behavior while incarcerated
- Efforts at rehabilitation
- Remorse over the crime
- Probable ability to live responsibly outside of prison
If parole is granted, the parolee must adhere to certain conditions, such as random drug testing, maintaining a job and reporting regularly to a parole officer. Parolees are also forbidden to associate with people known to have criminal records.
What happens if you violate parole or probation in Michigan?
Individuals on probation must be careful not to break the law in any way. For violations, the court can revoke probation and order jail time. If a parolee violates any of the terms of his or her release, the court holds a hearing and can revoke parole. The offender would then have to complete the remaining time of the original sentence.
As a Grand Rapids criminal defense attorney, I make the case for probation at sentencing, informing the court of all pertinent facts that weigh in my client’s favor. I also provide representation for incarcerated clients applying for parole and I defend parolees against allegations of violations that could cost them their freedom. In all cases, I present mitigating evidence and positive arguments for continuing with terms of release.
Contact a proven defense lawyer for a free consultation on parole and probation violations
The Fiorletta Law Group, PLLC in Grand Rapids defends clients in Michigan accused of parole and probation violations. Call 616-717-1334 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation. My office is conveniently located just off I-96.