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Can you tell me how long she has been on parole?
Is this the first violation?
What charge was she on parole for?
What was the test positive for?
Ok, thank you for that information.... To be really honest with you, if this is a 2nd violation and she has only been out 6 months, then the chances are pretty slim that she won't be revoked. However if she had an attorney, he could argue that instead of straight jailtime, she should be remanded to custody in some type of inpatient drug treatment facility as an alternative to prison. The underlying problem is drug related so if she doesn't get treatment to get to the root cause of the problem, then she will violate again when she gets out. Putting her in prison instead of treatment is just warehousing her without addressing the problem..
So although an attorney may not be able to keep her from getting revoked, he could potentially get her steered to a treatment facility rather than just back to prison to sit..
Ok, if it is a first violation, that is better as the judges kind of assume someone will get a "first strike". So it would definitely improve her chances of having any parole continued, probably with some new restriction on her terms and some type of mandatory drug treatment program attendance.
But any time that a parole violation occurs, the chances of staying out dramatically improve if you have an attorney who knows the judge standing there arguing on your behalf. The judges may not care personally about the defendant, but they know the attorney and may lean their way out of professional courtesy.