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Several considerations affect parole eligibility in Maryland

Last week, we discussed the differences and similarities of probation and parole. That post might have left some of our readers wanting to know more about how parole works in Maryland. There are a few basic points that might make it a little easier to understand.

Similarities and differences between probation and parole

When you read about criminal trials in the newspaper, on television or online, you might come across the terms probation and parole. These two terms might seem to be similar in some ways, but they are actually very different terms. It is important for our Maryland readers to know the ways they are the same and the ways they are different.

Court's sentencing wording affects ability to seek parole

For people who are facing criminal charges, finding out the possible sentences for their charges is something that becomes a priority. While there are some guidelines for most crimes in Maryland, there is usually some leeway regarding sentencing. A person can be sentenced to incarceration, probation, fines, community service, a host of other options or a combination of two or more of these options.

What is a probation violation, and what are the consequences?

For people charged with a crime, the criminal court proceedings are sometimes only the start of them having to deal with the law. If they are found guilty of the charges placed against them, they might be sentenced to serve probation. While probation does give you some freedom, there are still rules that you are bound by in accordance with Maryland law. If you happen to disobey these rules, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, you might face a probation violation.

Understanding the difference between parole and probation

Maryland residents who have been charged with a crime may be wondering about the definition of two important legal terms: probation and parole. Criminal defense attorneys know that these two concepts are very different, even though they both feature a form of supervised release. Understanding probation and parole rules can help you and your attorney identify the best strategies for defending your criminal case.

Man charged with arson held on probation violation without bond

The past has a way of catching up with us. After an investigation of a year and a half, one Maryland man is now facing charges from an incident that occurred in 2012. According to the chief/public affairs officer, the man is being held on a probation violation without bond. He allegedly was the person who was responsible for starting a fire on Nov. 14 of that year at the Loudoun County Community Corrections Office. An estimated $200,000 in damaged was caused by that fire. The community corrections office had to be relocated. While it is believed that a fire at the office's new location was related to the November fire, the Dec. 19 fire is still under investigation.

33-year Maryland fugitive granted parole after turning himself in

People make mistakes in life, but there are some instances in which a person's desire to make the mistake right can help them to get closure for the incident. A recent case involving a man who escaped a pre-release program in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1980 recently turned himself into law enforcement officials.

Man on probation in Maryland denied bail on new charges

People who are on probation are expected to follow very strict rules until their probation is discharged. Even one minor slip up can lead to a probation violation. For one former radio personality, a new charge of driving under the influence has landed him in jail without any bail.

Maryland man faces prison sentence for probation violation

When you are on probation, it is very important to make sure you understand all the conditions of your probation. If you fail to comply with those conditions, you face the possibility of having to serve jail time or other consequences. For one man, failing to comply with his probation terms has landed him in trouble. Despite being sentenced to serve four months in jail, the man sees a positive side of the sentence.

Maryland man arrested on probation violation after negotiations

When you are on probation or parole, it is extremely important that you follow the guidelines set forth in the terms of your supervision. If you fail to do so, you might be subject to more criminal charges than your original convictions. In some cases, remembering all the terms you are given can be difficult. For one man, allegedly failing to comply with probation terms led to the Maryland State Police knocking on his door with a federal warrant for a probation violation.

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