Do I Need To Hire A Texas Parole Lawyer?

Daren Brown
By Daren Brown | March 19, 2019
If you have a parole hearing coming up, you may want to think about hiring a Texas attorney who has experience helping prisoners with parole hearings.
Hiring an attorney for a parole hearing is not mandatory. Many prisoners rely on their own efforts or that of their family members to do the paperwork and presentation at the hearing. However, it may not be as effective as hiring an attorney who knows how the parole system works.

Why Is Hiring A Texas Parole Lawyer A Good Idea?

Remember this important fact: Parole is not a right; it's a privilege. In order to get the parole board to grant a prisoner the privilege of parole, the board must be convinced that this person has earned the privilege. Having an experienced attorney helping you through this process makes a big difference.

The lawyer helps turn the "number" into a real person for the parole board. Instead of being Texas prisoner 123456, on a docket of 3,000 prisoners looking for parole, that person become Don Garcia of Amarillo, father of two, or Missy White, daughter and sister. While this does not diminish the serious nature of the offenses committed, it shows there is a human being behind that anonymous number.

The lawyer can demonstrate that the prisoner has a caring family and friends waiting on the outside. The parole board wants to know that someone outside the prison cares about this person. Having a support network in place helps to lower the chances of the prisoner reoffending. This can also include community groups that help support prisoner upon release.

The lawyer shows that the prisoner has a well-thought out plan for what will happen if he is released on parole. Where is this person going to work? Where is he going to live? What has he done in prison to prepare for life outside the prison wall? The best cases for parole start years before the hearing ever happens. Getting more education and getting help for addictions and anger issues are all things parole board members like to see in a prisoner.

When Should You Hire An Attorney For A Parole Hearing?

The sooner you hire an attorney, the better the chances are for a successful parole hearing. Hiring an attorney up to a year or two before the first possible parole date is not out of order. The attorney can help the prisoner make choices on the inside that will help get that person paroled at the first possible date. Even if there is a parole hearing coming up, hiring an attorney is still a good idea. An attorney can review the situation and make the best presentation to the board as possible.

If you or a loved one is facing a parole hearing, it is crucial for you to line up an attorney as soon as possible. Give Amarillo parole lawyer Jarrett Johnston a call at Stockard, Johnston, Brown & Netardus, P.C. Jarrett has years of experience helping prisoners put together parole hearing presentations and has successfully helped many receive parole.
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