Denver Parole Attorney | New Law Regarding Parole Conditions
One of the biggest issues we see in our Denver criminal defense law firm is that the judicial system tends to treat everyone with a one-size-fits-all mentality. Yes, we understand the need for procedures and systems, but we also see the people who are being affected by laws which don’t apply to them. We get to know each of our clients, their histories, and the situations that led them to their involvement with the criminal justice system. We feel their frustrations when restrictions are put on their lives – restrictions that have no basis in fact, but are simply enacted due to the one size fits all mentality. That’s why I was excited to see that a new law regarding parole conditions was passed recently. This law allows for some individualization – meaning the officer has some discretion in deciding which “standard” conditions apply and which don’t.
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Arapahoe and Douglas County Parole Conditions: Discretion for Certain Conditions
This new law modifies C.R.S. 17-2-201 – State Board of Parole – and changes the following Arapahoe and Douglas County parole conditions:
- You no longer need permission from your parole officer to change addresses. Instead, you just have to notify your officer of your change of residence.
- It is no longer required that every parolee submit UAs and BAs.
- It is no longer a violation to associate with another parolee, probationer, or a person with a criminal record without permission from your officer.
- It is no longer a requirement for the parolee to submit random chemical testing (at the parolee’s expense) to determine presence of drugs and alcohol.
Now, this doesn’t mean that these conditions won’t be applied to your parole. It just means that the officer has discretion in applying them.
Adams County Parole Conditions: Most Restrictive Conditions May Still Apply in Jefferson County
I have extremely high hopes that this new law will be taken into consideration when Jefferson County and Adams county parole officers are assigning conditions of supervision, but I also know that old habits die hard. Some parole officers may push for the most restrictive conditions, just to be assured that their parolee is staying on the straight and narrow. It is still open to the discretion of the parole officer.
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