Parole Planning, Revocation, and Appeals
Considering issues related to parole and planning for a parole application are important considerations for anyone sentenced to a prison term. The criminal law practice at Lyons & Associates, P.C. has significant success in representing clients confronting the daunting prospect of facing the Parole Board for parole consideration. Parole is not guaranteed. The parole process is not one that an individual should face without experienced counsel. While the standards may appear straightforward, the review process is highly subjective. Without proper guidance, an individual who should be paroled may end up serving a longer sentence than they should under the law.
Representation is available for:
- Preparing a proper and complete parole plan uniquely tailored to the needs of the individual.
- Making sure that a proper and complete record is presented upon which the parole board will make its determination.
- Representation to appeal a parole denial by way of administrative appeal and before the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.
- Representing individuals who already have been paroled, who are facing the parole revocation process, by which they may be returned to custody, and may face the establishment of a new parole eligibility date.
- Representing individuals seeking modification or challenging conditions of parole that make securing employment impossible or conditions that are unnecessary and burdensome.
- Representing individuals who have been sentenced to community supervision for life and the notification requirements under Megan’s Law, who, when eligible, wish to move in New Jersey Superior Court to be released from such supervision and notice requirements.
Why Contact a Parole Lawyer?
An individual’s liberty is one of our most important, cherished, and protected rights. Navigating parole issues without the guidance and advice of experienced counsel may result in continued custody when, in fact, the individual is ready, capable, and should be returned to the community.
When facing an upcoming release on parole, the denial of parole, or a revocation of parole, you need an attorney who has experience in this area of law.
Our criminal defense and parole lawyers at Lyons & Associates, P.C. will vigorously defend you as you go through the criminal justice and parole process. Call us at 908-575-9777 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation. We have offices located in Somerville and Morristown, New Jersey, and we represent clients across New Jersey including, but not limited to Somerset County, Morris County, Middlesex County, Union County, Essex County, Bergen County, Hunterdon County, Warren County, Sussex County, Passaic County, and Monmouth County.
Challenging So-Called “Objective” Psychological Tests: The Use and Abuse Of Psychological Testing In Trials, Sentencing, Parole Consideration, And Custody Disputes
By Eric Marcy, Esq. Criminal and civil courts and the New Jersey State Parole Board have accepted the use of psychological testing as an important component of making legal and factual determinations in both the civil and criminal litigation and for considerations as to whether a person is suitable for release on parole. Such testing …
Parole Modification – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): Understanding Options for Modifying Parole Conditions
By Eric Marcy, Esq. At times, a specific parole condition may become unnecessary, burdensome, or interfere with the parolee’s employment prospects and/or rehabilitation. The New Jersey Administrative Code sets forth the application process to the New Jersey State Parole Board through which a parolee may challenge the necessity and/or fairness of a specific condition of …
“Merry-Go-Round” Delay by Remand to the Full Board from a Successful Appeal and Reversal of a Board Panel Denial of Parole By Eric Marcy, Esq. In Acoli v. New Jersey State Parole Board, 224 N.J. 213 (2016) the New Jersey Supreme Court reviewed the reversal of a denial of parole that was ordered by the Appellate …
The New Jersey Department of Correction’s Misuse of the E-1 Override in Classification Decisions and the Impact on Prison Designation, Programming, and Parole
By Eric Marcy, Esq. Once committed to the State Prison system, the Department of Corrections (“DOC”) performs a classification assessment which has implications for an inmate’s prison designation, housing, rehabilitative programming, and ultimately, on parole. A recurring issue involves the application of an E-1 override which results in a minimum classification of “medium” or “maximum” …
Misuse of Psychological Tests in Courts By Eric Marcy, Esq. The Purpose and Source of Data for the Various MMPI Products The MMPI-2 was a personality assessment tool for mental health diagnosis. It was used for decades in a variety of litigation contexts. To the extent that examiners continue to use this process in the …
By Eric Marcy, Esq. CHALLENGING SO-CALLED “OBJECTIVE” TESTING – THE USE AND ABUSE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING IN LITIGATION Nothing scares a fact finder like the designation that someone is a “psychopath.” The name itself once attributed to a client is a title that an adversary will bludgeon your client with repeatedly in cross examination, briefing …
The Millon™ Clinical Multiaxial Inventory Testing the Use and Validity of the MCMI-III™ In Court Cases
By Eric Marcy, Esq. The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (“MCMI-III”™) is a popular assessment tool used by clinical psychologists, that has been in use since approximately 1977. This instrument has been the subject of many articles and books. The theoretical basis derives from Millon’s theory of personality development, personality types, and personality disorders. The …
By Eric Marcy, Esq. The passage of time and the maturity of an individual are significant factors in determining parole. Many juveniles who were sentenced as adults or those who commit crimes at the age of 18 or 19 are not likely to have developed impulse control or do not comprehend the full consequences of …
The Parole Board’s Difficult Decision – Whether to Release Someone Who Has Been Convicted of a Serious or Violent Crime
By Eric Marcy, Esq While the Parole Board consists of Members who act in good faith, who try to do the right thing, there is a natural human reluctance to parole an individual who has been convicted of a serious and/or violent crime. It is up to the individual and his attorney to present a Parole …
The Use And Abuse Of The LSI-R In Parole Evaluations Challenging So-Called “Objective” Testing By Eric Marcy, Esq. The Level of Service Inventory-Revised “LSI-R” is frequently misused in the context of parole evaluations. Providing an air of scientific reliability, its application in the forensic setting is actually unreliable, subjective, and highly dependent on factors that …