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What is the Difference Between Probation and Parole?

The criminal case process can be overwhelming for anyone – especially if you have never had to deal with the court system before. Even after the case is over, many defendants must deal with the corrections system for years to come. It is important to understand the corrections processes that happen after criminal sentencing. Learn more about the difference between probation and parole – and how a criminal defense lawyer can help improve your chances of being granted these alternatives to prison. 

What is Probation?

Probation (sometimes referred to as “community supervision”) is an alternative to jail or prison. If eligible, the defendant can serve their term at home and in the community while being supervised by the probation department. There will be specific terms of probation. The defendant must pay a monthly fee and usually must submit to drug or alcohol testing. Community service and counseling are also common probation terms. 

Consult with a lawyer to determine if you are eligible for probation. The court will consider the charges you face, any prior criminal record, and many other factors. Your lawyer will improve your chances of being granted probation instead of jail time by proving to the court that you are not a risk in the community. 

How Can I Get Off Probation?

In some cases, a person is sentenced to probation for an exact number of days. In other cases, it might be possible to terminate probation early by proving to the court that you have paid your fees and met all other probation requirements. Consult with our criminal defense lawyer to determine if you might be eligible for an early termination of parole. 

What is Parole?

Parole allows a person to get out of prison before the end of their prison term and serve the remainder of their sentence in the community. A parolee must check in with their parole agent and meet all release conditions. Violations of parole can result in the parolee being sent back to prison, but this does not happen for all minor violations. The Parole Board emphasizes success in the community. If there are alternative ways to deal with a minor parole violation, they are likely to be used.

How Can I Successfully Apply For Parole?

Michigan is an indeterminate sentencing state. This means that most prison sentences are issued for a range of years. The minimum number of years is the earliest possible release date. Prior to this deadline, a report is prepared, and the Parole Board reviews this report to determine whether this person can be safely supervised in the community. Working with an experienced criminal defense lawyer during this process can improve your chances of being granted parole. 

The Right Michigan Criminal Defense Lawyer For All Probation and Parole Cases

Probation and parole can provide important relief for defendants facing years in prison. Our experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Bradley J. Friedman knows how to prove your eligibility and fight for these important options. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation as soon as possible. The sooner you have an experienced defense lawyer working on your case, the better options you will have for resolving the charges you face.

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