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Idaho Parole & Probation
In Idaho, people who are convicted of serious crimes may have two opportunities to serve all or part of their sentence while free in the community. A judge may sentence an offender to probation, which allows the individual to remain free for the duration of his or her sentence. Or, after serving part of a prison sentence, an offender may be granted parole. Offenders on parole or probation are required to follow certain rules. Offenders who violate the rules face incarceration. A parole and probation attorney can defend you against allegations that you've violated the rules of your parole or probation.
The Basics of Parole & Probation Violations
While free on parole or probation, criminal offenders are subject to certain rules and requirements. These might include:
- Meeting with a parole officer or probation officer on a regular basis
- Undergoing random periodic drug testing
- Not having any contact with the victim of an offender's crime
- Working in a full-time job
- Receiving permission to travel outside a certain geographic area
- Performing a certain number of hours of community service
- Not being accused of any other crimes
- Paying any court-ordered fines or victim restitution
If you are accused of a probation or parole violation, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. You then face a revocation hearing before the appropriate government agency, such as the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole.
You are permitted to have a parole and probation lawyer represent you at the hearing. The allegations against you will be explained, and you and your attorney will have the opportunity to provide evidence and witnesses who dispute the allegations and to cross-examine any government witnesses.
If you are found guilty of a parole or probation violation, you face a variety of punishments. At best, you'll be allowed to remain free, possibly subject to additional rules and requirements. At worst, you may be incarcerated for the remainder of your sentence.
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