The majority of Atlanta prisoners qualify for an early release from incarceration at the discretion of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. A prisoner will receive a temporary parole date (“TPD”) based on a complex guideline chart, parolee score sheet, prior criminal history and victim or prosecution impact statements. There are 5 Parole Board members, and it takes 3 votes to alter the TPD.
At Andersen, Tate & Carr, we have exclusive relationships with the Parole board, and we have successfully reduced countless offenders’ prison time. In general, we prepare a customized parole package for the parole board that mitigates the underlying offense, demonstrates the success of the offender while in prison and establishes the re-entry program we have assembled (e.g. housing, job and support network). We hand deliver our parole package to a board or staff member.
Certain Parole Restrictions In Atlanta
A parole can be much more difficult to attain for certain cases. According to Article IV Section II of the Georgia Constitution, a parole cannot be given to someone sentenced to life imprisonment until after they have served at least 25 years of their life sentence.
Anyone sentenced to a life imprisonment without parole in Atlanta for crimes like murder, rape and aggravated child molestation will never be able to have their sentence reviewed by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Also, if you have been convicted of four felonies, you will not be able to be eligible for parole.
Pardons were once handed out fairly routinely in Atlanta as long as the petitioner followed the strict guidelines to receive a pardon. However, since the AJC investigated the Georgia pardon process in 2014, the board has altered their rules and made it much more difficult to obtain a pardon.
To ensure your success, it is critical to obtain the right counsel that will help you navigate these new regulations and procedures. We have successfully gained pardons for a number of clients.
Contact Our Experienced Team of Atlanta Parole Attorneys Today
At Andersen, Tate & Carr, we have many years of experience helping convicted persons get their sentences shortened or avoid jail time all together with parole or pardons. Recently, in two separate cases where each person was sentenced to 4 years in prison, we were able to convince the parole board to commute a 4 year sentence to a 4 month sentence.
If you or someone you know has questions about parole, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Andersen, Tate & Carr. Our Atlanta parole attorneys Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark will use their vast knowledge of Georgia law to evaluate your case and figure out what your parole options are. Contact our firm today for a free, no-cost obligation to learn how we can help you.