Parole Representation Throughout Texas
Most inmates in Texas prisons are eligible for parole after serving the mandatory minimum term of their original sentence. Parole is the special early release of an inmate. A parole board determines if the inmate receives parole from prison, as well as any stipulations surrounding that release, if granted. As long as the rules of their probation are not violated, the inmate can remain out of prison. Sometimes inmates are required to complete drug rehabilitation, sex offender courses, or other special programs as a part of the parole release process.
Many people have questions about how parole works in Texas. For instance, only inmates in prison for 20 years or longer are eligible to see the parole board in typical parole hearings. Inmates that have been up for parole in the past are more likely to be denied parole, since they’ve been denied release already. An attorney offers expert guidance during the parole review, helping to sway the parole board in the favor of the inmate.
The Law Office of Greg Tsioros doesn’t focus on the past. We understand that bad things happen to good people, sometimes events that are so unfortunate they lead to incarceration. We concentrate on the future and the person the inmate has become since the day they went to prison. Time gives you the chance to grow as an individual, and your mistakes provide learning opportunities. We understand that our clients have grown and matured during their time in prison and have great potential in life, if only given that second chance.
Parole Hearings Require Attorney Expertise
It is essential for an attorney to build a close rapport with clients when working toward a successful parole review. Greg Tsioros prepares a parole packet after getting to know the inmate, the charges, and the family, highlighting their contributions made to society and accomplishments while behind bars.
It is much easier for an attorney to represent a client once he has a better understanding of who they are as a person and the circumstances that have landed them in their situation. Tsioros highlights the humanity within the inmate charged with the crime to improve the odds of winning each step of the way. During your parole hearing, Tsioros shows the court the many wonderful contributions you have made to society, to your family and friends, and to the community.
Completing paperwork is a critical process involved with a parole hearing. The completion of this paperwork is vital, and errors can cause lengthy delays. Inmates cannot complete this paperwork easily while sitting inside of a 9 x 5 cell, and family members may lack the legal expertise needed to present a winning argument to the board. Parole is a privilege, not a right, and it is imperative to convince the board that the inmate deserves this second chance. The paperwork is key to proving the inmate is ready to be released. Attorneys handle all of the paperwork associated with a parole hearing, ensuring that it is properly completed and submitted on time.
Parole attorneys take the necessary time to interview witnesses, family members, and sometimes even the victim or their family members associated with the crime. Since parole boards are more likely to choose prison time over parole, an experienced attorney provides the board with a fresh prospective and increases your chances of release. Although the parole board in Texas reviews more than 10,000 cases each year, many of these cases do not get the personal attention they deserve. With the help of an attorney, you can get the hearing you deserve.
What Happens After Parole is Approved?
Be aware that approval decisions are more than a yes or no option. For example, the parole board may approve your parole with the following conditions:
- Release when eligible
- Release on a specified future date
- Transfer to a rehabilitation program
- Release to mandatory supervision
When the parole board approves release to mandatory supervision, it will select a level of supervision required: minimum, medium, and maximum. All require regular meetings with a parole officer, and you must meet certain criteria during the course of parole, including:
- Verifying employment
- Notifying your parole officer within 30 days of a change of address
- Meeting with the parole officer on a schedule specified by the level of supervision given in the Texas parole guidelines
You will be notified that parole is approved via correspondence (letter).
What Happens If Parole is Denied?
If your parole is not granted, the failure to obtain parole can impact the Parole Board’s decision the next time you apply. In general, your case can be heard again within 1, 3, or 5 years, depending on the crime you were convicted of.
Parole can be denied for several reasons, but the board is not required to divulge the details of the refusal. The board is required to set a date for future parole review eligibility or specify that no future review will be granted. Parole denial appeals are granted only in limited circumstances.
If you are eligible for parole, or will be eligible soon, hire a parole attorney to increase your chances of being granted parole. An experienced attorney knows how to sway the Board in your favor and will fight for your freedom.
How An Attorney Helps You
A Houston parole attorney experienced in parole hearings offers advantages to each Texas inmate with an upcoming parole review. Those advantages include:
- Providing guidance concerning the best actions to take to improve odds of being granted parole.
- Helping the inmate determine the correct information and documents to provide to the Board. This is important, because too little information won’t build an effective case, and too much will overwhelm the board.
- Helping to educate family members, friends, co-workers, etc. on the proper way to write support letters to the Parole Board. These letters increase the chances of inmate parole.
- Aiding the inmate in writing a letter to the Board that increases the odds of making parole.
- Ensuring accurate completion and submission of paperwork in a timely manner.
- Conducting interviews and presenting evidence that may help the inmate receive parole.
- Preparing a Parole Packet.
- Appearing before the Parole Board to argue the case in favor of prison release/parole eligibility.
Sitting behind bars is not how you want to spend the next years of your life, especially when you’ve already wasted so many in prison. Why not improve your odds of making parole? Hire Greg Tsioros today to give you the necessary guidance for success.
Experienced Houston Attorney Greg Tsioros
Greg Tsioros earned his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston and was admitted to practice by the State Bar of Texas in 2005. In 2008, he was admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas. He is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Also, he is a former prosecutor at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in both the felony and misdemeanor courts. He has helped many Texas inmates get parole, and you could be next.