What is the difference between probation, parole, and pardon?
Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge, usually instead of, but sometimes in addition to, serving time in jail. It allows the convicted person to live in the community for a specified period of time, sometimes under the supervision of a probation officer, depending on the circumstances and the seriousness of the crime.
Parole is the conditional release of a prison inmate after serving part (if not all) of his or her sentence, allowing the inmate to live in the community under supervision of the parole period. The decision to grant parole is the responsibility, in a majority of states, of a board of parole or commission. Violation of the conditions of parole result in revocation and re-imprisonment.
Pardon means that the individual is fully forgiven from all the legal consequences of his crime and his conviction, and is granted by the governor of the state where the person is imprisoned or where his case arises, or by the President of the United States..
What is Parole?
Parole is the release of an inmate, prior to the expiration of the inmate’s court-imposed sentence, with a period of supervision to be successfully completed by compliance with the conditions and terms of the release agreement ordered by the Commission. The decision of the Commission to parole an inmate shall represent an act of grace of the State and should not be considered a right.
The Parole Commission administers parole. It allows an inmate who has been granted parole to serve the remainder of his or her prison sentence outside the confines of the institution. Once released, the parolee is subject to conditions of supervision, and if those conditions are violated, the Commission may return the parolee to prison.
Remember: Early intervention in your case is often the key to success. We therefore represent clients at the pre-indictment as well as post-indictment stages.
We strongly advise our clients not to discuss their case with anyone, especially the Police or Child Protective Services. These agencies do not want to help you!