If you’re serving a prison sentence, parole may be your way out, but it all depends on your parole board hearing.
A lot of factors come into play when determining your eligibility for parole. Staying on top of all these factors throughout your period of incarceration is the best thing you can do to give yourself a strong chance.
That’s why in this blog post, we’re going to break down how exactly parole works, everything you’ll be evaluated on, and why it may be worthwhile to hire an attorney to represent you at your AL parole hearing.
Parole is a conditional opportunity for you to apply to leave prison after either one-third of your prison sentence or 10 years, depending on which of these is shorter. For violent or class A felony offenders, that length of time increases to 85% of your sentence.
This isn’t the same as being freed early, as in the case of a pardon. For the remaining duration of your sentence, you’ll be supervised by an assigned parole officer.
Parole comes with certain rules you’ll need to follow, including regular check-ins with your parole officer. Failing to follow them may result in parole revocation, in which case you’re sent back to prison for the rest of your sentence.
For more information pertaining to specific circumstances like youthful offender cases, split sentences, and denied parole applications in Alabama, read through the state’s parole FAQs.
You should prepare to apply for parole from the moment of your sentencing, because the factors you’ll be evaluated on begin to take effect from that point forward.
To break it down in detail, the best ways to actively prepare to apply for parole include:
You aren’t required to have a lawyer for your parole board hearing, but it’s strongly recommended that you do.
Many criminal defense attorneys benefit from a significant amount of experience representing defendants through parole hearings. That experience can make a serious difference when it comes to building and presenting your case for parole. A knowledgeable attorney knows which elements of your particular case will make the biggest difference in the eyes of the parole board, giving you that much better of a chance to leave prison early.
If you’re planning on applying for parole in Alabama, retain the services of the expert legal team at Maxwell Tillman - Trial Lawyers.
Our attorneys have developed a strong understanding of the state and federal laws most relevant to helping you get the favorable result you’re looking for during your AL parole hearing. Reach out to us at 205-216-3304 or through our online contact form.