Parole Consideration

We represent individuals who are facing parole hearings with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

When it comes to parole consideration in Georgia, there are a few things that every person in prison should know.

First, everyone serving a felony sentence will be considered for parole at least once during their incarceration. Second, they will be reviewed by the Parole Board, regardless of whether or not the petitioner is represented by an attorney. Lastly, the Parole Board’s review will be limited to the information that is included in their file - the person being considered will not have the ability to speak to Parole Board members before they decide whether or not to grant parole.

Unfortunately, the files reviewed by the Parole Board typically only include information that is shared by law enforcement, prosecutors, the court, victims and the Georgia Department of Corrections. In many cases, this information does not shine a favorable light on the individual seeking parole. 

If you or a loved one is eligible for parole, there are ways in which a parole attorney can help.

How Does An Attorney Help With The Parole Process?

Throughout the parole process, there are many instances in which a parole lawyer can play a critical role in the Parole Board’s decision. For example, a parole attorney can:

  1. Check your file to correct inaccurate information. If you are like most offenders in Georgia, your file is maintained by the Parole Board and is not eligible for disclosure through an Open Records Act request. Without an attorney, this inaccurate information will go unchallenged and will ultimately be included in your file. A parole attorney will work with the Parole Board and ensure that all information is correct and up to date.
  1. Add positive information to your file. A parole attorney will also help you identify factors that will help you tell your story to the Parole Board. You are so much more than your conviction, and an attorney will help provide a picture of who you are and your ability to successfully return to society once you are released.
  1. Request that the Parole Board reconsider your file. It is common for inmates to receive notice that their file has already been reviewed and parole has been delayed or denied. In some cases, the Parole Board may agree to reconsider a decision when presented with updated information. A parole attorney can look at all of the facts and determine the strength of your case for reconsideration.

What Should I Look For in A Parole Lawyer?

Because you will not have a chance to speak with the Parole Board, it is critical that your full story is told through the written file. An experienced parole attorney can ensure that it is. When selecting an attorney to represent you or a loved one in front of the Parole Board, consider the following:

  1. How much experience does the attorney have in representing individuals in the parole process? Not every criminal defense attorney provides legal representation for parole.
  1. What is the lawyer’s recommended strategy for helping you achieve parole? How are they going to position your file in the best light possible? Do you agree with the parole attorney’s strategy?
  1. How much does a parole attorney cost? The cost for a parole attorney will vary depending on the individual attorney’s experience and specialized knowledge of the parole process. It will also depend on the complexity of your situation and what will need to be done.
  1. Does the attorney have positive reviews and case results? Online reviews can help you determine whether a particular parole attorney is the right fit for your case.

Hiring A Lawyer For Your Parole Hearing/Consideration

The Law Firm of Abbi S. Taylor wants to ensure that your written file is viewed favorably by the Parole Board. We can accomplish this by ensuring that your file has accurate information and positive input. In addition, when appropriate, we can seek out victim input and other mitigating factors if we believe that it would be helpful to your case. Moreover, we can request the Parole Board to reconsider a previous decision if there are positive factors that they failed to previously consider.

Before making a decision on who to hire, you should first schedule a free consultation to discuss the facts and strengths of your case. Contact the Law Firm of Abbi S. Taylor today to schedule your free consultation by calling (404) 378-3555 or by using the form below.

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