Prison sentences: What is parole & probation? Criminal defence law solicitors Herts & Bedfordshire

26th June 2019 | Legal Insights & Resources|
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Nick Titchener

Managing Partner


Prison, Parole & Probation

Here at Lawtons Solicitors, we are here to help and explain the possibilities open to you in plain English, and support you every step of the way to ensure the most favourable outcome is achieved whether you are facing a jail sentence, parole or probation.

Lawtons Solicitors are renowned for successfully defending clients facing such an outcome.

What Is Parole?

Parole, when granted by the Parole Board, starts when a person comes out of prison and is then supervised, having served part of their sentence. Eligibility can vary from case to case and in some more serious instances parole will not be offered at all. Violation of parole will more likely result in an immediate return to prison.

Decision making factors which affect parole

These include:

  • Risk to the Public
  • Ability to successfully rejoin society
  • Rehabilitation
  • Age
  • Mental Stability
  • Marital Status
  • Education
  • Remorse
  • Sentence Served
  • Past offences
  • Category of Offence
  • Behaviour

What Is Probation?

Probation, decided upon by the Judge, is the term used for a set period of court supervision, when an offender avoids a prison sentence.

Decision making Factors which affect probation

To be granted probation, you usually need to:

  • Obey all laws
  • Undertake community service
  • Adhere to any court orders
  • Report any chances to your circumstances (i.e. employment, address etc.)
  • Avoid excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Be tested for drugs
  • Be granted permission to travel (usually restricted)

Spot checks from probation officers often happen to check you are keeping to the rules. If you break any rules, your probation can be taken away from you.

For more information or to discuss your individual case, please call us on 0333 577 0522 or email

Nb. This guide is intended to give general information only and not intended to be used as the basis upon which Advice is given nor should it be relied upon as giving advice specific to a case or individual and Lawtons do not accept liability for anyone using this guide. Should you require specific advice in connection with a real case or situation, please contact us immediately so that we can provide specific Advice

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