Should he have a lawyer if he has an outstanding bench warrant while on parole? 5 Answers as of June 16, 2011

My godson just served time for a felony in NYS. He is released and on parole. He has an outstanding bench warrant for failure to do community service for a misdemeanor. How should he address this? Should he have legal counsel present when he appears to address his bench warrant?

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Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
Although he could probably vacate the warrant by himself he should hire an attorney for the violation of parole.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/16/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
If he was on parole and has a bench warrant for failure to do community service then he will need an attorney to explain to the court why he was unable to complete the community service. If he gets a parole violation there will be no bail and he will face going back to jail. You need an attorney to contact his parole officer and try to convince him not to get a parole detainer or parole violation. The parole officer can also speak to the judge and recommend that he be given time to complete the community service. He can inform the judge that he has been doing well on parole and ask the judge to give him another chance. This will hold more weight than just having his attorney ask the judge to forgive this serious error in failing to do what the court ordered him to do. It appears that he is irresponsible, immature, and a poor decision maker. You should get him some counseling in order to help him be more responsible and to get a good job that will impress the judge and parole officer with how much he is doing to better himself and comply with the parole terms and conditions.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/10/2011
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
Yes. You need to retain a law firm of our caliber to represent your grandson in defense of the charges.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/10/2011
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
It would be best if he had legal counsel present when he surrenders on the Warrant and it would also help if he started community service right away if he can so he can show his intention to do it. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/9/2011
Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
He should absolutely go in with an attorney as he could technically be held in custody which in turn may violate him on his parole... I would suggest treading very cautiously and getting counsel asap.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/9/2011
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