You were excited to find out that you were going to be let out of prison on parole. Your parole was conditional, requiring you to check in with your parole officer once a week and staying clean of drugs or alcohol. You were not allowed to leave the state and were expected to be on time for meetings and work.

Essentially, your parole restricted you to being the best possible version of yourself. There was no room for errors, which is what has put you in the position you’re in now.

If you’ve violated parole, you already know that it’s a big problem. The State Parole Board’s Revocation Hearing Unit will conduct a hearing about the conditions that led to the violation. If there is enough evidence that you violated parole, you can have your parole revoked.

It’s important to defend yourself if you’re being accused of violating your parole. There may be instances where you felt it was warranted or when you believe that the facts surrounding the alleged violation were misunderstood. For example, if you aren’t allowed to leave the state but are involved in a car crash near the state border, you could end up in a hospital outside your state. You might miss a parole meeting or fail to report to a court date because of the accident.

Extenuating circumstances should be considered if you’re accused of violating parole. If you don’t defend yourself, you may find yourself heading back to jail or prison for a violation that was out of your control. Our site has more on what to do if you’ve been accused of violating parole.