The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles consists of 18 members around the State. When an inmate is considered for parole, the Board will pull his file and send it to one of the three-member parole panels which covers the inmate's unit. The board members will consider his file and vote whether to extend parole. Therefore, to obtain parole it is necessary to persuade two Board members that the inmate will not likely commit another crime and will abide by conditions of parole.
Our Tyler, Texas law firm represents inmates before the Board. We will prepare a well-constructed information package which will be placed in the client's parole file. We build this package with character statements, certificates of achievement, awards, employment history, photos of the family and home, medical records, mitigating circumstances of the crime, and other information we can obtain to tell our client's story. Attorney James Volberding meets personally with the inmate for several hours to review the client's life history and compile an compelling letter to the Board. We file this package months before the Board considers the client's parole. When the day for parole consideration arrives, the Parole Board members will review the package. Mr. Volberding will speak by phone or in person with the first voting Board member.
We provide as much positive information as possible to encourage members to vote for parole. We want to convince the Board that the inmate is not going to harm anyone if released. We want to show that he or she will get a job, be responsible, and stay away from drugs and alcohol.
While it is not possible to obtain parole in every case, our success rate averages 60% to 64%. This means that we win parole 60% to 64% of the time on the first or second review and lose about 36% to 40% of our cases. If we lose, we do not give up. The Board will set off the client's parole, typically for one year, and we will try again. Unless the crime is heinous, eventually the client will be paroled.
Learn more about parole in Texas, the costs for attorney representation at a parole hearing, or our successful results in criminal law and parole cases. Contact the Volberding Law Firm for a consultation about how we can help with your case.