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What Is the Difference Between Parole and Probation?

Probation and parole are quite similar. If you’re sentenced to either of them, a criminal defense attorney serving Denver, CO will let you know what to expect. You can also watch this featured video, which explains that parole and probation are both alternatives to incarceration. For example, if you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor, your attorney can improve your chances of being sentenced to a period of probation, rather than jail.

In contrast, parole occurs after a person has already been incarcerated. If you’re sentenced to time in prison, your felony attorney will advise you of your parole eligibility date. This is the date on which you might be paroled, but there is no guarantee that you will be. If you violate any conditions of your parole—or probation—you risk being imprisoned again.

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