Parole representation: What an Attorney May Do

From time to time, I am consulted by a person wanting me to assist them in getting a family member out of prison.  Specifically, they have an upcoming parole hearing and they want to know what I can and will do as their attorney.  Below are the steps that I take when working through a parole hearing, where the inmate’s release is pending:

  • Review the client’s case (reason they are in prison)
  • Obtain and review prison records: disciplinary and grievance records
  • Meet with the Client face-to-face
  • Interview the Client
  • Speak with family and friends to make living and transportation arrangements (upon release)
  • Create arguments to justify parole
  • Explain and answer points discouraging parole
  • Review the Client’s written argument and parole plan
  • Submit the argument with an interview request to speak with the lead voter on the parole board of the panel reviewing the case
  • Speak with the parole panel members who vote on the parole matter and present a verbal presenation to the parole board members voting on the case
  • Ask for an immediate release and discuss with the parole board members conditions that they may want implemented to approve the parole
  • If the vote is for parole, track the case throughout the remaining steps until the parole certificate is printed
  • If the vote is against parole, discover the reason(s) for the denial and provide any follow-up parole presentation that is necessary for free when the next review occurs

Of course, there is no guarantee that a person will be paroled and the amount of time that a person must serve in prison before being eligible varies.  However, these are the basic steps that outline the process for preparing a parole case.

Fees vary depending on the amount of witnesses and hours of work to be spent on the matter.  However, like my other criminal defense practice, I work on a flat-fee basis.