When a defendant is charged with a crime, they are usually focused on a defense against the allegations. When a defendant is convicted of the alleged crime, they may not only have to serve a jail term and pay a hefty fine, they may also have to follow requirements of their parole or probation. A parole violation could cause the defendant to face new charges. This could lead to serious consequences and a very complex situation.
After police received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked near a children's care center, officers were dispatched to the location of the vehicle. The officers spoke to four individuals, two males and two females, which were associated with the vehicle in question. Allegedly one of the men gave a false name, and, when authorities determined his true identity, the man supposedly took-off running into a wooded area.
Police determined that this man had a parole violation warrant out for his arrest. The warrant was associated with an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In order to locate the man, police used a tracking dog. When police finally apprehended the man, he was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon because police allegedly located a sawed off semi-automatic shotgun in the vehicle. They also reportedly located drugs in his possession, and charged him with possession of a controlled substance. Lastly, because the man purportedly fled, he was also charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant.
The complexities that a defendant can face when they are found to have violated their parole can be intense and emotional. The defendant could endure serious penalties because their past criminal history could be considered, especially if they are convicted. It is important to consider the evidence surrounding the case, and ensure proper investigation is conducted.
Because every defendant is entitled to a good defense, a defendant who allegedly violated a parole should understand their situation and what penalties they could face. This might mean seeking advice form a professional.
Source: KETK NBC, "Gladewater PD makes arrests in foot-chase," May 10, 2013.