Probation is a program handled by the court system. Individuals are often put on probation as part of their initial sentencing for a criminal act. Parole, on the other hand, is administered by the parole board. Individuals are only eligible for parole after they have spent a certain amount of time in prison. Individuals on either probation or parole have to adhere to certain rules.
You can learn more about probation and parole with our team at the Simmrin Law Group. We’re ready to answer all of your questions when you call us at (310) 997-4688.
There are Different Types of Probation in California
Understanding the use of probation can help you understand the difference between probation and parole. Probation is a penalty used for some criminal acts in Los Angeles. Individuals on probation are allowed to stay out of jail.
Probation is not offered in all criminal cases in California. Generally, individuals can only get probation if they are convicted of a:
- First-time offense
- That is non-violent
Furthermore, the court system in California uses two different kinds of probation. These types of probation include:
Informal probation is sometimes called “misdemeanor” probation. Individuals on misdemeanor probation have to obey a number of regulations handed down by the court. For example, they may have to attend counseling or perform community service.
Some individuals in California are assigned to formal (or “felony”) probation. Individuals on formal probation have to report to a probationary officer on a set schedule. They also have to obey any orders issued by the court.
Parole Is Only Available in Certain Cases
Parole is also offered to some individuals convicted of crimes in Los Angeles. However, individuals only get parole after they have spent time in prison. Generally, parole is available for people:
- Sentenced to a specific length of time in prison
- Sentenced to potential life sentences in California
Unlike probation, parole is not handled directly by the court system. Instead, a parole board will handle probation. Individuals on parole must work with a parole agent. A parole agent will ensure that the parolee adheres to all orders issued by the parole board.
You can discuss the specific differences between probation and parole with a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles. Our team at the Simmrin Law Group can support you if you call us at (310) 997-4688.
Terms for Probation and Parole
Probation and parole are different programs in the state of California. However, they have many of the same requirements. Individuals on either probation or parole are often required to:
- Obtain and keep a job
- Perform acts of community service
- Attend different treatment programs
- Meet with people to monitor their progress
Additionally, individuals on parole and probation are required to obey all laws in California. This means that individuals who commit additional crimes will violate either their probation or parole.
Note that we have only discussed some possible regulations for probation and parole. There are other possible orders associated with these programs. For example, the court can order individuals to stay in a certain county. Contact us to learn more.
Length of Time on Parole or Probation
Individuals in Los Angeles can spend different amounts of time on probation or parole in California. In many cases, individuals end up spending a few years on probation. Some individuals must spend much longer on parole.
In fact, sometimes the parole board will order someone to remain on parole for the rest of their lives. However, in most cases, people spend around three years on parole after they are released from prison. We can assess your situation to find out how long you could spend on parole after a conviction.
Outcomes of Violating Probation or Parole
While there are many differences between probation and parole in California, you can face serious consequences for violating either of these processes. A probation violation can lead to:
- Harsher probation conditions
- Increased time on probation
- The revocation of your probation
Individuals can also have their parole revoked in the state of California. If your parole is revoked, you can end up serving additional time in prison.
Talk to a Lawyer About Securing Probation or Parole in Your Case
There are several differences between parole and probation in California. Our team at the Simmrin Law Group is here to help you get familiar with these differences. It’s easy to contact us for answers. Reach out to us now and get a free consultation. You can get in touch with us if you call (310) 997-4688 or if you fill out our online contact form.