Answer: The answer is complex depending on the specific case and several factors.
However, a lot depends on the inmate and what they have completed while in prison.
- How has the inmate improved him or herself?
- What have they learned?
- What trades or skills have they acquired?
- What have they done to better themselves while serving their time?
The attorneys present the case in the light most favorable to the inmate. We talk to the Board members about the letters of support, about people who would be prospective employers, other documents, facts, and circumstances, and anything favorable that we feel like would be relevant to the inmate’s case. In Texas, it’s a little different than other states. The parole board generally does not meet with the inmate, nor do they generally meet with the family. They already know what the family wants to say – you want him or her out. They know that. They don’t generally contact the victims of the crime either. They know what the victims will say – we want to keep him in. So it is part art-form, and part what is in the file that the Board of Pardons and Paroles will consider. It is helpful to have a lawyer arguing your case and appearing before the Board of Pardons and Paroles. If the inmate has done well while he or she has been in custody, then the chances are far better to receive favorable consideration. Be mindful that the Board of Pardons and Paroles has to consider the nature of the crime and exactly what kind of felony it was, and whether or not there were any victims. For example, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon with serious bodily injury to a victim is looked at much harder than Possession of a Controlled Substance, where the inmate possessed a quantity of cocaine, meth, marijuana, or heroine in an amount that would make it a major felony. In addition to the type of crime, other factors affecting the chances of the inmate getting out of prison early on parole include the conviction, how long the inmate has left to serve, the sentence, previous trips to TDCJ, any particular egregious acts or omissions. Did it involve children or the elderly? Often time those go into the mix and the parole board has to carefully consider each inmate’s release. Based on your specific case and circumstances, Attorney Chris Dorbandt has the experience to give you a very good indication of your specific chances of getting out early on parole from prison during a free parole consultation.
On average, only a third of inmates are granted parole, while our percentage is much higher at 85%. Improve the chances for parole – call us for a free consultation.
If you are seeking information on behalf of an incarcerated loved one regarding the possibility of parole from the TDCJ prison, you have come to the right Texas Parole Attorney Chris Dorbandt. We are a law firm focused on parole issues and appear before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles monthly.
If you have questions regarding the parole process in Texas, this website is a resource that provides answers. Feel free to send us question, or call us, if you have additional questions or need a parole consultation.
How do we help you?
- Identify the right documents and information to forward to the Board, without overwhelming the Members with excessive or unnecessary information.
- I can guide the inmate on which courses to take to increase their chances of parole.
- Guide the family members and friends on writing letters of support to increase the inmate’s chances of parole.
- Guide the inmate on how to write a letter to the Board that will increase their chances of parole.
- Ensure the parole packet documents are sent to the correct Board so that they will be considered in a timely fashion.
- Consider and present other mitigating facts or evidence that may help the inmate’s case.
- Finally, appear before the Board to argue the inmate’s case, in the light most favorable to the inmate.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Texas Parole
Texas Parole Attorney Chris Dorbandt answers commonly asked questions regarding parole (early release from prison) in Texas:
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At our firm, the advocacy process on behalf of an inmate seeking parole involves the following steps:
- Our first contact will generally be with a member of the inmate’s family.
- Every effort is made to spend as much time as possible or necessary to help the family fully understand the legal and factual issues, and to answer questions about the parole process.
Why choose Texas Attorney Chris Dorbandt?
- I have an 85% Parole Success Rate.
- I know and understand the law regarding parole and revocations at TDCJ.
- I know the voting members and commissioners of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and regularly appear before every Board in the state.
- I know how the system works for and against the inmate.
- I have a state-wide parole practice.
- You will know the flat fee up-front for the entire case.
- I handle many parole cases every month and have been doing so for many years.
- I will personally respond to your calls, emails, texts, and letters when you have questions. You will not get this level of service with most attorneys.
- I take pride in helping people and reuniting them with their families. With a “Texas Friendly” way, I guide the inmate, family, and friends to make the process easier and less stressful.