Getting out of jail on parole is a privilege, not a right. Courts in New Jersey do not grant parole lightly and those jailed on crimes involving driving under the influence (DUI) or drugs should not take the opportunity for parole for granted.
Part of your responsibility as a former inmate is knowing the terms of your parole. This allows you to follow these terms and protect yourself from additional consequences. If you get caught violating the terms of your parole on a DUI or drug conviction, these consequences may include the following.
- The authorities may issue a warrant for your arrest
- The court may order you to pay a fine
- The court may increase the length of your parole
- The court may choose to revoke your parole and return you to jail
Further, if you engage in, or are accused of, criminal activity while on parole, the court could revoke your parole and file new charges against you. For example, if the police arrest you on new DUI or drug charges while you are on parole, this will put another black mark on your record. It will also put your freedom in great jeopardy.
The good news is that Atlantic City authorities must follow due process when allegations of a parole violation arise. This gives you the right to a hearing in which “good cause” for revocation of your parole must be proven. This is the perfect time for you to consult with your attorney or find a lawyer with the skill to advocate on your behalf.
With the right legal guidance, you can avoid a parole revocation and continue building your new life successfully.