Parole Hearing Attorney in Austin, TX
If you are up for parole, use a skilled and experienced parole lawyer to prepare, guide, and represent you throughout the parole hearing process. Central Texas lawyer Jason Katims will stand with you every step of the way. Call us today at 512-900-9769 to schedule your initial consultation.
What to Expect
In Texas, inmates who are under consideration for parole must undergo a parole hearing in front of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Parole is designed to help offenders reintegrate into society by serving a portion of their sentence under strict guidance in the community. The parole board determines whether the inmate is ready for this step.
Your parole hearing is your opportunity to explain why you are ready to reintegrate into society. You will have just a short time in front of the parole board, so it is important to make every moment count. Preparing with an experienced parole attorney is essential to improving your chances of being granted parole.
Your first step is to write a parole application letter to the parole board. It should briefly describe the offense for which you are serving time, as well as any previous offenses, and explain what you learned from your experiences. Focus on how you have improved yourself since, including any achievements you have made while in prison and your plans for education and employment if you are granted parole. Explain the future challenges you expect to face and the skills you will use to overcome them.
Remain serious and respectful, and take responsibility for your actions. Be careful not to minimize your offense or to sound defensive in any way. Instead, acknowledge and accept your past actions while presenting a strong case for a successful and law-abiding future.
You can also ask others in the community to write letters on your behalf. Prison staff, clergy members, counselors, relatives, and past or potential employers may be able to make a compelling argument that you no longer need to be incarcerated.
Depending on the circumstances of your case and the parole board’s preferences, you may or may not be invited to your parole hearing. If you are, then you will be interviewed by the parole board. Your parole attorney will help you prepare for the questions you might be asked. In general, remain calm and respectful and restate the case you made in your parole letter. Take responsibility for your offense, explain how you have learned and grown, and talk about your plans for building a new and law-abiding life.
Victims and their families sometimes attend parole hearings. They have the right to state their case for why you should or should not be granted parole. Although it can be upsetting to hear their opinions of you, especially if you feel like you have changed since the offense, it is important to remain quiet and let them speak.
A parole hearing can be extremely intimidating, and every action you take will be scrutinized. Therefore, it is important to engage a skilled parole attorney to prepare you, guide you, and represent you throughout the entire process.
About Jason Katims, Attorney at Law
In 2018, he was recognized by the American Institute of Legal Advocates as a Rising Star in the field of Criminal Law, and by the Association of American Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40. In 2017, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized him as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Texas.