Once a defendant is convicted and sentenced to serve time in prison, the defendant's next big concern might be the parole hearing. Some prisoners are eligible for parole after they serve a certain portion of their sentence. Parole isn't automatic or guaranteed. Instead, the inmate will have to go before a parole board for a parole hearing to determine if he or she will be able to be integrated back into the community through parole.
When most people think of having to deal with probation and parole officers, they might think of simply having to report into the office to have a normal check-in interview. That is only one instance in which a person who is involved in the criminal justice system might have to deal with the Department of Probation and Parole. This department handles a variety of other duties that can affect defendants, probationers and parolees.
When you are given probation as a penalty for a criminal conviction, you must ensure that you meet all the requirements for the probation program. When you don't meet the requirements, you can stand to face new criminal charges for a probation violation. In some cases, being found guilty of a probation violation can land you in jail and can result in more fines.
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.
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.
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.
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.