Our lawfirm has represented many high-profile clients in over thirty years of criminal defense practice. Founder George Parnham has become an expert on the defense of individuals with mental illness and a passionate advocate for legal reform of their treatment in the criminal justice system. He is called upon regularly by both local and national news media to render opinions on insanity plea cases and general defense issues in high profile cases, such as Lee Boyd Malvo (one of the accused D.C. snipers), Robert Durst, Kobe Bryant, and Scott Peterson.
Texas Parole Board HearingsThe granting of parole is a privilege that rests solely on the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole. Among the many things the parole board takes into consideration before ruling on a parole application is the severity of the offense committed that incarcerated the inmate, the amount of time already served by the inmate, and the progress the inmate has made while incarcerated (educational programs, counseling and participation in services offered by TDCJ).
The parole hearing may be your one chance to seek release from prison. It is critical that you are fully prepared for this important meeting, and that you are represented by an attorney who understands the nuances of this process.
The attorneys at Parnham and Associates are available to provide representation before the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles. When you work with our firm to prepare for your parole hearing, we will evaluate your case and make an informed decision to determine if you have a chance of obtaining a successful parole vote.
Texas Parole ViolationsParole is usually conditioned on the successful completion of certain programs. In addition, a parolee is required to avoid drugs and stay away from individuals of ill repute. Any criminal charges will likely result in a revocation, especially any felony or violent crime.If you have been served with a parole revocation warrant in Texas, it may mean automatic arrest and incarceration. It is important to carefully consider your legal options if you are faced with this situation. Our attorneys can help you explore your legal options, whether you have been charged with a new crime or if you are accused of a technical violation.
You may be facing imprisonment again if you are convicted of another crime or technical violation. Every parolee has the right to a hearing, and some alleged parole violators have the right to both a preliminary hearing and a revocation hearing; based on the findings the board may revoke parole, require additional supervision, reverse a previous revocation, or take any number of other actions. In each of these hearings, the parolee has the right to counsel.
Before a parole violation is addressed, it has to be determined whether it was a substantive or a technical violation. Technical violations include such things as missing appointments or classes which is different from a substantive violation such as committing a criminal offense. Once you have a parole violation on your record, it could be almost impossible to be paroled again. Before waiving your rights, it is advisable that you contact an experienced parole violation lawyer to argue your case.
Texas State Pardons & ClemencyJudicial Clemency is the power of a judge to set aside a conviction under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Judicial Clemency is available to some people who have been placed on probation, and is separate from the clemency power of the governor. Certain offenses are ineligible for Judicial Clemency, including DWI offenses, sex offender registration offenses and 42A.054 offenses. If you successfully have your conviction set aside through Judicial Clemency, your conviction will be set aside and the case dismissed. The law says that you are then released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense or crime, with certain exceptions.
Judicial Clemency is a form of post-conviction relief that does not remove anything from your criminal record, but instead changes the disposition of the case to dismissed and grants you some specific civil rights. It is important to note that you are not eligible for judicial clemency if you served a jail or prison sentence.
The pardon process takes a long time and clemency applications are very difficult to complete: over 75% of the applications submitted are not considered simply because the application fail to meet the Boards requirements. We can work to help restore your rights, remove a conviction, obtain a pardon or clemency, restore civil rights, obtain voting rights, and expunge records.
The Board of Pardons and Paroles Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is vast and complex. It has extensive and complicated rules that govern the parole review process, to say nothing of how to present an effective case for parole. The most important asset to have when navigating this system is a skilled, experienced professional advocate well-versed in presenting a strong case for parole.
The attorneys at Parnham & Associates are highly experienced in these cases and practice in both state and federal courts. If you have been accused of a crime, please contact us today for a free consultation with an aggressive and resourceful criminal defense attorney. We will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
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