What Is The Difference Between Probation & Parole In New York?

People often speak of probation and parole as if they’re interchangeable, but they are two different things.

Serving probation is a sentence generally used as an alternative to jail time. There are also instances where probation and jail time are part of a sentence. Probation typically lasts one to three years.

Parole is a conditional release from jail or prison after a convict has already served time. It’s officially known as Post-Release Supervision.

Both come with conditions a person must meet to avoid jail time (or additional jail time). Conditions could include drug and alcohol testing, attending counseling or mental health services, community service, and checking in with a probation or parole officer.

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Jeffery Greco

Jeffery Greco is an attorney providing legal services covering Criminal Defense and Criminal Defense: White Collar and Criminal Defense: DUI / DWI. Jeffery Greco, who practices law in New York, New York, was selected to Super Lawyers for 2020 - 2023. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Super Lawyers selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. Prior to becoming an attorney, he studied at South Texas College of Law Houston. He graduated in 2004. After passing the bar exam, he was admitted to legal practice in 2005.

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