When people are convicted of certain sexual offenses, especially more heinous ones, they are often faced with Parole Supervision for Life or Community Supervision for Life. If you were convicted of a sex offense before January 4, 2014, you are likely on Community Supervision for Life, and if you were convicted of a sex offense after this date, you will be on Parole Supervision for Life. When someone is placed on parole or community supervision for life, they will be assigned a parole officer and have to live by a set of rules set forth by the officer. Though this is, obviously, a better option than jail or prison, some of these terms can be incredibly stringent, and if you are accused of violating them, you can face a wide range of consequences. Read on and contact a dedicated New Jersey supervision for life attorney from the Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri for help today.
What happens if I’m accused of violating my parole supervision for life?
First, you should understand that having an attorney in your corner can benefit you in several ways. For example, if the parole officer established certain unreasonable terms, such as those preventing you from visiting certain family members, an attorney may be able to speak with your officer and negotiate a more favorable set of rules. However, if you’re caught violating the terms of your parole, you should know that you’re up against a wide range of very harsh consequences.
If you violate supervision for life terms, it can cause your 15 years of supervision to restart and result in you facing incarceration, even if the violation wasn’t a crime itself. You should also note that violating community supervision for life is considered a crime itself and can result in up to 18 months of incarceration. Additionally, if you violate parole supervision for life, you will likely be arrested and have to wait in jail for your parole hearing. If the parole board determines that you did truly violate the terms of your parole, you will have to serve a sentence. New Jersey may also charge you with a third-degree crime, which can impose a three-five year sentence. Rather obviously, this can have a drastic impact on a person’s life, and if you’re accused of violating parole, the most important thing you can do is have a competent and dedicated lawyer in your corner who can fight your charges at every turn.
Contact the Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri today so we can begin building a strong defense on your behalf.