Can parole be revoked for not appearing for a non-scheduled visit?

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Can parole be revoked for not appearing for a non-scheduled visit?

My son is on parole and has abided by all rules. He is working hours away. His parole officer called and wanted him to report in. Due to his being in an area (the country) with no cell phone service, he was not able to make it in time. Can his parole be revoked for this? He was sceduled for a visit 2 days later and called his parole officer as soon as he could.

Asked on October 31, 2010 under Criminal Law, Nebraska

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Missing a parole visit is not a good thing but from what you have said here it was not a regularly scheduled visit.  What did his parole officer say when he called in?  Did he go to the other visit he was scheduled for?  Parole officers have great power in these type of things so it was smart of you to be concerned.  Here is my other concern: is working that far away and without immediate contact a violation of his probation?  I would make sure that all is in compliance. Now, if the probation officer gives you a hard time speak with an attorney about it.  having a job is one of the first steps toward rehabilitation and these days any job any where is a good thing.  Maybe if the officer gives him a hard time you should consider asking for a judge to rule on things and allow him to work so far away.  Good luck.


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