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Parole and probation are two legal permissions that allow someone to avoid spending time in jail or prison as long as a set of certain conditions are continually met. Is your freedom in jeopardy because you have been accused of violating parole or probation? Contact Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney Joshua T. Crain, Attorney at Law to speak with a highly-acclaimed, award-winning former prosecutor.


People often mistake parole for probation, and vice versa, due to their similarities. Each allows a person to remain in their home and participate in their day-to-day life following a conviction, but the difference is mainly when this is permitted. Probation is established at the time of sentencing and usually means the individual does not have to serve any jail time at all; parole is sought while a convict is already in prison, and requires the Department of Corrections to approve the petition.


Neither parole nor probation are granted “freely” to convicts, even if they are convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors. With each parole or probation approval, there will be a unique list of legal “dos and don’ts” that the individual must follow to the letter. Failing to comply with any of the conditions or requirements may void the probation or parole and result in more legal consequences.

Parole and probation requirements commonly seen include:

  • Meeting regularly with probation officers
  • Adhering to scheduled and random drug tests
  • Limiting alcohol use
  • Fully paying fines related to sentencing
  • Distancing oneself from certain individuals or places
  • Not being arrested, charged, or convicted for any crime

Possible penalties for violating parole or probation are:

  • Additional fines
  • More conditions added to requirements
  • Extension of probation or parole period

Perhaps the most common and arguably the worst penalty for parole and probation violations is being sent to jail or prison. If on parole and sent back, the convict will usually need to complete his or her original sentence, only now there is no chance of parole. If on probation and found to be in violation, the convict may be sent to prison to complete an amount of days behind bars equal to the time remaining on his or her probation. The details will vary between cases.


The thought of being sent to jail can be understandably intimidating, but you cannot let it shake you. Stay focused, seek legal counsel, and get ready to stand up for your rights. You can call (615) 200-9409 or contact Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney Joshua T. Crain online to schedule a consultation.

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WHy Choose Joshua T. Crain?

  • Cutting – Edge Advocacy

    As a private attorney, Joshua has approached his cases with the same energy and drive that made him a successful prosecutor. His Tough defenses and aggressive approach have earned him a reputation in the community.

  • Not Your Average Attorney

    Joshua T. Crain is down to earth attorney that relates to the struggle of his clients. He understands what it is like to invest in something and views his clients as a person that he really wants to help.

  • Over a Decade of Trial Experience

    With over a decade of trial experience, Joshua T. Crain has the knowledge to know when to be aggressive and when to back off. This knowledge has resulted in several favorable outcomes.

  • Does Not Pass Judgement

    Joshua T. Crain does not pass judgments on his clients. He knows that one mistake does not define a person. He sees his clients for who they are and not the mistake that they made. 

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