You have a right to a lawyer at a parole hearing but one will not be appointed to you on the basis of financial need
The majority of parolees do not qualify for an appointed lawyer at a parole revocation hearing. While you have a right to have a lawyer defend you at a parole revocation hearing, it is not a constitutional violation if you do not have one. It is our opinion that a parolee should always have an experienced parole attorney represent you at a revocation hearing. The hearing is a legal process governed by rules set out by the Supreme Court and Texas law. As with any area of the law experience and familiarity can affect the outcome of a case. Please call us at 713-651-1444 to discuss your case and our services.
While an attorney will not be appointed to parolees based on financial needs they are appointed to offenders who suffer from mental illness or mental retardation. If the parolee’s condition is deemed serious enough a lawyer will be appointed.
It is our opinion that any time a person’s freedom is at stake they should hire a lawyer. There are laws that govern the parole hearing. These laws dictate what evidence is admissible during the hearing, the level of proof that your parole officer must meet to have your parole revoked, and your right to cross examine witnesses. As attorneys with experience handling parole hearings we are able to protect your rights and defend you against your parole officer’s allegation. We understand the laws governing the hearings and are familiar with what the factors hearing officers will find important when deciding your case.
With your freedom at stake you should do everything you can to defend yourself, protect your rights, and convince the parole board to continue your parole. Please fill out an online contact form and an attorney will contact you shortly.