Probation and parole are very different, although they are often lumped together. They can both be revoked, however, if the offender somehow violates the terms and conditions of his or her release. If you are being put on either probation or parole and you have any questions or concerns, it may be wise to speak with an attorney who can help you.
Probation And Parole
Probation is an actual criminal sentence while parole may be granted at the end of a sentence in some cases. Probation is often granted to first-time non-violent offenders. The person is often given a jail or prison sentence that is suspended as long as he or she abides by the terms of his or her probation.
Oftentimes in probation, the person must stay in contact with a police officer and attend work or school or look for work. The person may also have to attend classes such as Alcoholics Anonymous or driving classes, depending on the crime.
If a person has been sentenced for a certain amount of time, the parole board will decide if he or she can be released from prison and finish out his or her sentence on parole. If parole is granted, there will be terms and conditions of the parole set by the board, which must be met. As long as parole is completed, the sentence is considered complete.
If the offender is found guilty of committing another crime or one of the conditions of his or her release, he or she may lose the parole or probation.
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