Probation and parole are types of supervision that allow those convicted of crimes to avoid further (or any) incarceration, in exchange for following certain guidelines. Probation is available to those who have not yet served time in prison, while parole is available to those who currently are incarcerated as a means of early liberation.
Being granted this conditional supervision allows convicted individuals the chance to enjoy life outside of prison, but violating the terms of either parole or probation can result in serious penalties. If you have been charged with violating parole or probation in New Jersey, seek help from a criminal defense attorney immediately.
The law governing the imposition of probation is provided for under Title 2C:45-1 of the New Jersey Statutes, which states that the court shall attach reasonable conditions to accompany the probation.
Some of these conditions may require that the defendant:
- support any dependents;
- find or continue in gainful employment;
- not possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon;
- remain within the jurisdiction of the court;
- perform community service; and
- satisfy any other conditions related to rehabilitation.
In the event that a defendant fails to adhere to these guidelines or does not report to the probation officer within the given timeframe, the court, according to the New Jersey Standard Conditions of Adult Probation, may impose on the defendant the sentence for which he or she already was convicted, which may include the maximum term allowable in prison.
General conditions of parole are listed in the Parole Book published by the New Jersey State Parole Board, although specific requirements may vary on a case-by-case basis.
Conditions of parole in every case require that a parolee:
- obey all laws;
- notify the parole officer of any arrest;
- report to the designated parole supervisor upon being released on parole;
- notify the parole officer before changing residence or leaving the state;
- not possess a firearm or dangerous weapon;
- not possess any controlled substances;
- make payments for any fines the court imposes; and
- register with the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Failing to follow the general and specific conditions in parole can lead to penalties imposed by the state. Upon notification that a parolee has violated the conditions, the State Parole Board may hold a hearing to decide if parole should be revoked.
Contact a Criminal Attorney for Help
If you have been charged with violating probation or parole, you should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can help gather proof to demonstrate that you followed the conditions set forth in your probation or parole and that you still should have the right to remain outside of incarceration.
In the event that you have been charged with an offense while on probation or parole, a legal professional may be able to get the charges dropped, allowing you to remain outside of prison.
Contact the attorneys at Dash Farrow, LLP for help if you have been charged with violating the conditions of probation or parole. We can help provide you with a strong defense and guide you through the legal system. Call us today at 856-235-8300.