In Texas there is only a formal hearing as part of the revocation process not when the board is deciding whether or not to release someone on parole.
Although a person is entitled to a hearing before their parole is revoked, in Texas when the board is deciding whether or not to grant an offender parole there is not a hearing, rather, there is a parole review process. The parole board rarely speaks directly with an offender; their decisions are usually based on information compiled by the parole board focusing on the offender’s criminal history, the offense, information from the offender’s interview with the institutional parole officer, and information about the offender’s behavior during his incarceration. They also review information in support of the offender. If you hire us we will provide them with a variety of types of information detailing the offender’s parole plans, rehabilitation, support system, and the many reasons why the offender is an ideal candidate for parole and does not pose a risk to the community. We will correct any mistakes the parole board may have received from other sources. Additionally, we will request an appointment with the lead voter of the parole panel in order to make a presentation regarding this information and bring witnesses to speak on our client’s behalf. This meeting is not a hearing, but it is important in that it gives those closest to the offender a chance to speak and answer questions.
There are parole hearings in Texas, before the Texas parole board revokes someone’s parole they are entitled to a parole hearing. There are two types of hearings a preliminary hearing and a revocation hearing. You should never waive either of these hearings. The hearings are to ensure that the parolee has the ability to defend themselves against accusations that they violated their parole before the parole board takes their freedom. You have the right to an attorney at the hearing. If hired we will defend you against the allegations and present to the hearing officer the reasons that a parolee should not be revoked.
If you have questions regarding parole hearings or the parole process please call us on our toll free number 888-661-5030 or fill out our secure online contact form and an experienced Texas parole lawyer will contact you shortly. We represent offenders across the state of Texas with support systems in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, McAllen and other cities across the state.