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The importance of offenders meeting with their Texas parole board attorney

Seth Topek
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6/10/2013
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    It is important when representing an offender before the Texas Parole Board to meet with the offender many times.  It is impossible to obtain the necessary information through letters or questionnaires.  I am reminded of a case I handled not long ago.  My client at the age of seventeen had received a forty-year sentence.  At the time we were hired the memories of those closest to the offense had become blurred and the reports did not provide any of the mitigating evidence.  Only after meeting with the offender on numerous occasions were we able to obtain a complete picture of the turmoil that was occurring as the family was breaking apart and the extremely complicated relationships within the family.  After talking with him we were able to ask the right questions of his family and were able to paint a different, more accurate, picture of the offense as well as the nature of the offender.  As a result of this he was granted parole on his first time before the board.  Had we relied only on the initial information provided by his family or our first meeting with him and his letters, we would have never discovered the information, and the parole board would have only been presented with the most damaging aspects of his offense that painted a picture of our client that no one closest to him believed was accurate.  

   Any parole attorney or service that claims to be able to help you without doing this sort of investigation may only be plugging names into a form or formula and hoping for the best.  With the large number of cases that are decided every week we believe a humanizing and accurate picture is the first step in convincing the parole board that he or she will be successful on parole.  If you have questions regarding the parole process or have a loved one who is incarcerated please contact us on our toll free number 888-661-5030 or fill out an online contact form.



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