How long does someone have to serve?
Every inmate in a Texas Prison Unit is there because of a unique set of complex reasons and choices. Whether it is there because of a trial or a plea deal the underlying story is much deeper than what is sketched out in police reports and court documents. The one thing that is shared by almost every offender is the following question:
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO BE HERE?
The shortest answer to that question is that the least amount of time an offender will serve is to their parole eligibility date. In Texas almost every offender becomes eligible for parole during the course of their sentence. For many offenses, such as burglary, theft, drug possession, and driving while intoxicated an offender will be eligible for parole after receiving credit for one quarter of their sentence. For another group of offenders, such as those who committed an offense with a deadly weapon, they will have to serve half of their sentence day for day to be considered for parole.
Please call us on our toll free number 888-661-5030 or fill out an online contact form and we will find out the parole eligibility date. Just because an offender is being considered for Texas Parole does not mean that the board will grant them parole. A brief look at parole statistics show that the odds are against any individual getting paroled. At Topek and Topek we regularly represent offenders before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. We believe that to properly represent an offender it is necessary to meet with the offender and their support system numerous times, always be available to our clients and their family to answer questions, review the offenders current offense and criminal history, and gain a deep understanding of what led to their incarceration in order to ensure that a proper parole plan can be set up. We believe in giving the Texas Parole Board as many reasons as possible to release an offender on parole.
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