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5 things to know about parole violations in Maryland

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Parole in Maryland is designed to help individuals transition back into society after serving a portion of a term of incarceration. This opportunity is attached to specific conditions and requirements that must be adhered to.

In Maryland, the parole process is structured to better ensure that individuals are ready to re-enter society and reduce the likelihood of recidivism.

Parole officers monitor for compliance

Parolees are assigned parole officers who monitor their compliance with set terms. These officers play a crucial role in the parolee’s reintegration process, offering guidance and ensuring that the parolee adheres to the conditions of their release.

Specific terms apply to parole

In Maryland, parole has specific terms and conditions tailored to each individual, but some, such as reporting to a parole officer and staying out of legal trouble are universal for all parolees. Other conditions might include requirements like maintaining employment, undergoing drug testing, attending counseling sessions or adhering to a curfew.

Violations are filed with the court

If a parolee violates their conditions, their parole officer can file a report with the court. This initiates a legal process where the parolee may have to appear in court to answer for the alleged violations.

No jury trial is required

In parole violation cases in Maryland, there is typically no jury trial. Instead, a judge or a designated hearing officer will hear the case. This process is generally more suitable than a full jury trial, but it also means the parolee won’t have their case heard by a jury of peers, which means that their fate rests with the discretion of a single individual.

Penalties can vary greatly

The penalties for violating parole in Maryland can vary significantly based on the nature of the violation and the individual’s history. Penalties can range from a warning or increased supervision to revocation of parole and re-incarceration.

Understanding these aspects of parole in Maryland is essential for anyone involved in the parole process. Anyone facing a parole violation should ensure they understand their options and rights, so seeking legal guidance is important.