Parole Suitability Hearings

There are two general types of parole of an incarcerated individual: (1) the one that follows automatically after completion of a defined sentence; (2) the one that is granted after an indeterminately sentenced prisoner is granted parole.

An individual who has been serving a life sentence may be eligible, under certain circumstances, to seek parole in his case. There are various factors taken into consideration by the parole board, to assist them in making a final determination. Those factors are:

  • The circumstances of the offense
  • The inmate’s expression of remorse for the crime
  • The inmate’s behavior in prison
  • Psychological reports to assess the risk of release
  • The inmate’s post-parole plans to work, for education, living arrangements, etc.

The inmate has the right to retain legal counsel to represent them during this hearing. These hearings are not easy, and if the case is denied, the inmate is not eligible for another parole hearing until at least five years have elapsed. It is vital that an experienced, qualified attorney handle your loved one’s case to assist with a better result.

If you or a loved one is facing a parole suitability hearing and is seeking a lawyer, do not hesitate to contact our office. Our goal is to help your loved one obtain their freedom.