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Old 07-23-2020, 12:09 AM
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Hey everyone!

I have never known anyone in prison before. However, years ago I met my gf and she was on parole for a sentence that will end in 2024.

Last summer we were living together and everything was going well, but she was working in a pizza place and it disturbed me. She has degenerative disk disease in her lower back and I was concerned she would hurt it cleaning and lifting.

I learned that before she met me the back injury was a source of relapse due to not being able to get proper pain treatment.

So, in Sept 2019, I went to pick her up at work and saw her hurt her back lifting heavy buckets. After that she could barely stand up straight and couldn't sleep. I work in healthcare and got her hooked up with a doctor, physical therapy, and an orthopedic specialist.

However, she was in terrible pain and could not sleep for several weeks and she started hallucinating. This led to a drug relapse while I was at work.

I came home, she said she was taking the dog for a walk, I asked her to get soda I had forgotten out of my car and gave her the keys, and then she took off with my car and got into an accident shortly after.

That resulted in a DUI charge for her and it was found she had several drugs in her system.

So, I had to take her to parole to go back to jail which was the hardest thing I've ever done.

She was sent to SCI-Muncy on October 19th 2019. She was given 6 month hit for leaving the country, with the car.

However, in March, she was transferred to Buck Country jail for the DUI hearing. That was right when corona hit, so she has been stuck in Bucks county. But, she plead guilty to the DUI and that is over.

Two weeks ago, she had her parole revocation hearing. Today, I believe that they had her parole hearing without her present at Muncy, but I can't be sure because she told me on the phone while was crying with anxiety.

I know a parole agent and she said first offense is six months to a year. But, the parole person at Muncy said that is not true.

I feel like one screwed up thing after the next has gone on and frankly, I'm scared, and I'm not a scared guy. The prison system give no sense that it's organized and predictable to me. Trying to talk to officials on the phone is tough because they tend to be rude.

So, what is typical here?

She was:

On parole, and got a DUI, which is her first violation.

She has been in jail 9 months now.

What do you think will happen with the penalty for DUI as a violation?
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Welcome to Prison Talk. Predicting the outcome of a parole hearing is usually just a guess. Is she also facing new charges for the DUI? Here's a link to the PA Parole handbook with information about parole violation hearings.
https://www.parole.pa.gov/Informatio...20Handbook.pdf
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Welcome to Prison Talk. Predicting the outcome of a parole hearing is usually just a guess. Is she also facing new charges for the DUI? Here's a link to the PA Parole handbook with information about parole violation hearings.
Thanks for answering!

I wanted to testify in the DUI case, but the public defender was a kid and went for the guilty plea. So, in April she plead guilty and it was time served for that sentence.

However, due to corona she got stuck in Bucks county and all of her parole hearings got delayed until two weeks ago and yesterday. I believe she is waiting on her green sheet now, but I'm not sure due to not knowing what kind of hearing was yesterday.

I looked at that handbook and got a bit confused although I will read it again.

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Committing a DUI while on state parole is not a minor problem, AND there is actually nothing you can do. The two processes have to run their respective courses. They are not coordinated because they are totally independent of each other (unless she were to be sentenced to state time for the DUI.)

So, every bit of her pre-trial detention was credited to the DUI. You can see this because she was sentenced to "time served," as opposed to a specific period. The only way to get the pre-trial time credited to the state parole sanction was to post the bail on the DUI. This is controlled by the DUI court; the PBPP is just sitting on the sidelines waiting for their turn.

Her CPV sanction will begin on the date she was sentenced for the DUI. There are two components: a sanction and the revocation of some or all of her street time. The former is time she will spend in prison. It can be in the form of a re-commitment for "not less than xxx months, to be reviewed on or after xxx of 202x." For example, they impose a minimum sanction of six months, then review her for consideration for re-parole. The latter extends her maximum date by making her walk off the time again. This is entirely from the PBPP. The DUI court has no authority to influence this.

By statute, she cannot serve time in jail for both sanctions concurrently. Since Bucks County went first (taking every day she spent pre-trial,) the Board is entirely consecutive. In essence, her DUI judge paroled her to the PBPP.

Before you knock the defense lawyer, ask yourself what he had to work with. The Commonwealth introduced into evidence a blood test. Nothing you could say in that courtroom would refute the lab results, so you could not influence the guilt phase. In the real world,, 99% of DUIs are slam-dunk. The defense lawyer's job is to get the easiest possible penalty -- which he did -- "time served" -- and you could not have made it less. Don't blame the lawyer.
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