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Criminal Defense Attorney: Defending the Rights of the Accused and the Incarcerated

    The Texas Government Code says that a parolee should live in either the county where they lived at the time of the offense or the county where the offense was committed.  However, the code also lists exceptions to this general rule.  A parole panel can require someone to reside in a different county to:

  1. Protect the safety of a victim, the parolee, a witness or any other person.
  2. Increase the chances that a parolee will successfully complete their parole because of:
  1. The presence of family members or friends in another county who want to assist the parolee in being successful on parole
  2. The verified existence of a job offer
  3. Availability of a treatment program, educational program, or other social service program not available in initial county.

    The presumption is that an offender will be paroled to the county in which they lived at the time of the offense or where the offense took place.  However, the exceptions to that rule are relatively broad.  In many of our cases before the Texas Parole Board there are strong reasons to believe that living in another county will increase the likelihood of a parolee’s success.  When representing an offender before the Parole Board we will provide a detailed parole plan.  In many cases we are able to show that living in a different county will help to ensure an offender’s success on parole.  Generally the reasons are related to their support system or job.  In most situations we have found that Parole Board is amendable to these requests.  If you or someone you love is currently incarcerated and you want to know what you can do to help them make parole please fill out an online contact form.  If you have any questions about the parole process or parole eligibility please download our free information booklet or call our toll free number 888-661-5300.  Our officer are located in Houston Texas and our parole practices takes us to prisons across the State.  We represent offenders with family in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, McAllen and Fort Worth among other cities across the Texas.