Introduction to the Parole Review Process
Examples of recent cases where Clients were approved for parole*
- Client received a ten year sentence to TDCJ after he was convicted of possession of “meth.” He had a pervious probation revocation on a burglary of a habitation case, got ten years, and had a parole revocation on another case for manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. He also had other prior offenses for bail jumping and evading arrest/detention. To make matters worse, TDCJ had identified him as a Security Threat Group member and placed him in Administrative Segregation for his latest incarceration. Mr. Karns was able to get Client paroled on his second review with an “FI-1” vote, the Client having served two and a half years of his ten year sentence.
- Client was arrested after selling 129 grams of cocaine to an undercover police officer in a shopping mall parking lot. He was later convicted of delivery of a controlled substance and given a ten year sentence to Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Client had prior offenses including burglary and attempted murder. Client’s family hired Mr. Karns to represent Client for parole. Mr. Karns was able to get Client paroled on his first eligible parole review at which time he had served less than one year on his ten year sentence.
- Client pled guilty to theft over $200,000 and accepted a ten year sentence to TDCJ. The client had regularly stolen money from her employer over a period of years before being arrested. She had been denied parole three times prior to hiring Mr. Karns. Even though she had a major and two minor disciplinary cases since she was last denied parole, she was paroled on her first review after having hired Mr. Karns to represent her.
- Client was incarcerated for five years on a DWI case. After being released and successfully completing fourteen months of parole, the Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) issued a “blue warrant” alleging Client violated his parole by “intentionally attempting to use a device to falsify a drug test result.” In other words, Client was caught using a prosthetic device to pass a drug test while at the parole office. Client hired Mr. Karns to represent him for his parole revocation hearing. Mr. Karns argued to have Client continued on parole and presented witness testimony and evidence of Client’s good character and achievements. The BPP agreed with Mr. Karns, continued client on parole without electronic monitoring (EM) or a sentence to an intermediate sanction facility (ISF), and ordered Client to complete a substance abuse treatment program.
- Client received ten years probation for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in Johnson County. She also received ten years probation in Tarrant County for three similar fraudulent possession cases. Client’s probation in Tarrant County was revoked and she was sentenced to Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (SAFP) in TDCJ. Client completed SAFP but was revoked from her aftercare probation and sentenced to three years TDCJ. Client hired Mr. Karns for her first parole review. At an in-person meeting with the lead voter on the case, he presented a parole plan which included an offer of employment, a treatment plan, and a network of family support for the Client. Client was paroled after serving only five and one-half months of her three-year sentence despite her previous probation revocations.
- Client pled guilty to solicitation of indecency with a child – sexual contact, as the result of an internet “sting” and received ten years deferred probation. After three years of probation, he was adjudicated guilty on the original charge after an attempted sexual assault of a woman who was passed out in the hotel in which he worked. He also viewed pornography and contacted minor girls in violation of his probation. He received a five year sentence to TDCJ. Mr. Karns presented a parole plan to the Parole Board which included sex-offender treatment, employment, and family support. Client received an affirmative vote for parole on his first review after having served nine months on his five year sentence.
- Client had an extensive criminal history which included seven burglary cases in 1995, for which he received ten years of probation, a burglary case in 1998 for which he received a nine month state jail sentence, and another burglary case in 2001 for which he was sentenced to Substance Abuse Felony Punishment (SAFP). In 2005, he pled guilty to sexual assault and another burglary, for which he received two concurrent five year sentences to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Client had been denied parole and then hired Mr. Karns. In his meeting with the lead voter on the case, Mr. Karns addressed the sexual assault by pointing out that the “victim” was a friend of Client’s sister who was only five months short of the legal age of consent, didn’t report the incident, and did not want Client prosecuted. Client was paroled on the condition that he complete a four month sex offender treatment program.
- Client was tried and convicted by a jury for solicitation of a minor for sexual assault and lost an appeal to the Texas Court of Appeals. Client was arrested when he arrived at an apartment complex to have sex with who he thought was a fifteen year old girl but was actually a police detective. Client was sentenced to two years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and denied his first parole. Client then hired Mr. Karns and was released to mandatory supervision after Mr. Karns presented a parole plan to the lead voter on the case.
- Client absconded from parole in 1998 after serving two years on a six year sentence for possession of a controlled substance. A warrant was issued, and after ten years as a fugitive, he was arrested on a new cocaine case in Pennsylvania. After being told by his attorney that he would not be returned to Texas for a ten year old case, TDCJ extradited the client back to the Byrd Unit for a revocation hearing. The client’s family hired Mr. Karns, and he was able to persuade the Parole Board not only to release the client, but have the client’s parole completely discharged enabling him to leave the state a free man and resume life with his family in Pennsylvania.
- With a total of five DWI offenses in two counties and prior probation revocations and incarcerations, Mr. Karns was able to have this client paroled on his first review. The parole plan included private inpatient treatment upon release.
- This client was incarcerated for violating the eight-year term of probation he received for possession of a controlled substance. He also had a prior burglary offense. His violations included two positive urinalysis results, failure to pay court or reporting costs, or restitution, and failure to complete ANY community service. The client was paroled but required to complete a six-month pre-release program prior to be released on parole.
- A recent client committed a number of offenses prior to the one for which he was incarcerated, including a DWI, Forgery, and possession and transport of drug making ingredients. When he hired Mr. Karns, he was incarcerated for manufacture of a controlled substance while he was on parole for a previous offense. He completed three years of his eight year sentence at the time of his review. Mr. Karns crafted a very structured parole plan which included intensive outpatient addiction treatment through a county program. Mr. Karns presentation ultimately persuaded the Parole Board to grant parole notwithstanding the client’s prior probation and parole revocations.
- Incarcerated on a five year sentence for solicitation of a minor as the result of an internet “sting,” this client was denied parole repeatedly, including once when represented by Mr. Karns. The Parole Board informed him that the internet chat related to the case was simply too disturbing and graphic for them to consider paroling the client. However, Mr. Karns stayed on the case for the next review and persuaded the new voting members of the client’s extensive rehabilitation efforts, and he was released.
- This client received a fifteen-year sentence for aggravated robbery. Even though the client had a drug problem, the offense was violent and involved a weapon. After serving nine years and being previously denied parole, the client’s family hired Mr. Karns. He was granted an in-person interview with the lead reviewer on the case and was able to correct the Board’s perception that his client was the one that used the weapon. Considering the new information and the plan presented by Mr. Karns for parole, the Board voted for parole.
- This client was tried, convicted, and lost an appeal regarding two counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with an automobile accident resulting in fatalities. He received two concurrent sentences of five years. He was denied parole on his first parole review. The family then hired Mr. Karns and accompanied him to the interview with the lead reviewer on the case. He explained that the client had been found guilty of a lesser included offense involving negligence and not the original charge of manslaughter. The Board voted to parole the client.
- A recent client was convicted of solicitation of a minor under fourteen. The client was caught by an "internet sting operation." He received a ten-year sentence, with his first eligibility review date approximately one year after the beginning of his sentence. After researching and submitting a comprehensive "parole packet," Mr. Karns flew with the family to Amarillo for an in-person interview with the lead reviewer on the case. The client received an affirmative vote for parole, conditioned upon the pre-release completion of a sex offender education program.
- Another client received a 30-year sentence for aggravated robbery. The client had prior theft and burglary cases. Even though he received job training through Project RIO, he was denied parole on his first review. He hired Mr. Karns to represent him at this next review date and was paroled.
- Another client was incarcerated for manufacturing a controlled substance and sentenced to ten years TDC. Despite a long documented addiction/drug use history and criminal record, Mr. Karns was able to convince the Parole Board to parole him on his first review. The Parole Board indicated that had it not been for Mr. Karns’ presentation, it may not have voted to parole the client.
- Another client was incarcerated for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to four years TDC. The client was sentenced to TDC because of a "dirty" urinalysis, giving cause for his probation to be revoked. Even though this client had less than optimal family support, and no waiting job offer (he was self-employed prior to incarceration), after Mr. Karns’ presentation he was granted parole.
- A recent client was sentenced to three years TDC for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. This client had a record including being revoked from probation on a prior drug offense. He was also a fugitive for an extended period of time. He had other factors in his case which had to be overcome in order to convince the parole board that he was worthy of another chance, including a spouse with a pending drug felony charge. Mr. Karns put together a plan for an early release that the parole board voted to approve—the Client was paroled on his first review.
- Another client was incarcerated for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to three years TDC. The client had past offenses including burglary and a DWI. His family hired Mr. Karns to represent him for his first review and the Client was paroled.
* Past results achieved are not a guarantee of future results. Each case is unique and reference must be made to the specific legal and factual circumstances presented.