Probation is a type of sentence that allows convicted criminal to avoid imprisonment and continue to live in his or her community. Parole enables convicted criminals who have been incarcerated to leave jail or prison before completing his or her sentence. Convicted criminals who are on parole and probation are subject to a number of requirements and restrictions, and violations of those rules can result in imprisonment or other penalties. Parole attorneys can work with incarcerated criminals to prepare for parole hearings and to persuade the parole board that the individual deserves parole. Parole and probation lawyers also defend clients who have been accused of parole violations or probation violations. If you're eligible for parole or have been accused of a parole or probation violation, you should promptly hire a parole and probation law firm to maximize your chances of obtaining parole or remaining free on parole or probation.