Texas Parole and Revocation Hearings

Texas Parole: Improve your chances

On average, only a third of inmates are granted parole, while our percentage is much higher, at 85% for our clients, at the Law Office of Chris Dorbandt.

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  • My affordable flat-fee lets you know the entire cost up-front for the entire case, with no surprises.
  • I know the voting members and commissioners of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and regularly appear before every Board in the state each month.
  • I know and understand the law regarding parole and revocations at TDCJ.
  • I handle many parole cases every month and have practicing since 1998.
  • I know how the system works for and against the inmate.
  • I have a state-wide parole practice.
  • I will personally respond to your calls, emails, texts, and letters when you have questions. You will not get this level of service with most attorneys.
  • I take pride in helping people and reuniting them with their families. With a “Texas Friendly” way, I guide the inmate, family, and friends to make the process easier and less stressful.

If you are seeking information on behalf of an incarcerated loved one regarding the possibility of parole from the TDCJ prison, you have come to the right Texas Parole Attorney Chris Dorbandt. We are a law firm focused on parole issues and appear before the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles monthly. We offer a reasonable flat-fee for guiding you through the parole process and appearing before the Board on the inmate’s behalf. Improve the chances for parole – call us for a free consultation.

Early Release from TDCJ Prison for Inmates is our main focus of law

Parole is a privilege, not a right. No attorney can guarantee anyone success in obtaining a parole. However, the twenty-one (21) members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles individually cast an estimated 10,000 votes each month. Consequently, the chance that an inmate’s case will receive in-depth consideration is minimal. I am experienced in the field of parole issues and can help an inmate receive serious consideration, which is precisely our goal. Knowledge of the parole process makes me qualified to assist a parole applicant in convincing the Board that he or she is ready for parole, which is simply early release from prison on “conditions” of parole.

We offer a Flat Fee for parole representation. Don’t wait to see what happens. Procrastination almost always ends with a denial of parole. Who is going to speak for your loved one if we don’t? You should know that the Board of Pardons & Paroles (BPP) is not going to invite the inmate to appear or be heard and they can vote a case up to two (2) months prior to the month the case is scheduled for review! If you’re considering this, I strongly urge you to act now. We often receive calls from the inmate’s family members who state the inmate was denied parole before their scheduled hearing and before they had a chance to submit letters and other materials for the Board to review and consider. If you have a family member or friend who is nearing their parole review date, be sure to plan far enough in advance to avoid this situation.

How do we help you?

  • Identify the right documents and information, which we index and forward to the Board, without overwhelming the Members with excessive or unnecessary information.
  • Guide the inmate on which courses to take to increase their chances of parole.
  • Guide the family members and friends on writing letters of support to increase the inmate’s chances of parole.
  • Guide the inmate on how to write a letter to the Board that will increase their chances of parole.
  • Ensure the parole packet documents are sent to the correct Board so that they will be considered in a timely fashion.
  • Consider and present other mitigating facts or evidence that may help the inmate’s case.
  • Finally, appear before the Board to argue the inmate’s case, in the light most favorable to the inmate.

Timeline of Parole

  • The parole eligibility date is not the date the parole board will meet and decide whether to grant parole.
  • In Texas, inmates go into review six (6) months before their parole eligibility date.
  • The vote can occur up to two (2) months prior to the month the case is scheduled for review by the Board.
  • If the inmate has met with the Institutional Parole Officer (IPO), it’s almost too late to do anything for the inmate before the hearing.
  • Plan far enough ahead to allow time to mail letters from family, friends, and employers. Allow time for feedback, review, and editing of documents submitted to the Board for their review.

Why do you need a Texas Parole Attorney?

  • We will distinguish the inmate from the thousands who are not represented before the TDCJ Board.
  • Please call for a free evaluation and consultation. I can generally tell you whether you are going to need professional help or not.

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85% Parole Success Rate

At our firm, the advocacy process on behalf of an inmate seeking parole involves the following steps:

  • Our first contact will generally be with a member of the inmate’s family. Every effort is made to spend as much time as possible or necessary to help the family fully understand the legal and factual issues, and to answer questions about the parole process.
  • We analyze the positive and negative aspects of the case and reach an opinion regarding the inmate’s chance for parole. We do not encourage potential clients to proceed with an early release if we believe the chance is minimal and/or nonexistent.
  • Should an inmate choose to hire our firm as his/her advocate, we will immediately begin to compile an individualized parole package to address the client’s unique situation. We will seek to overcome obstacles and correct deficiencies which might hamper an inmate’s chance for release. This may include outside evaluations of the client by specialists in areas we identify and/or have concern about. Any and all critical issues will be addressed, such as employment possibilities and rehabilitation progress. The goal of the firm is to convince the parole board that the inmate deserves to be released. Our parole packages have proven to be very successful.
  • The firm needs time to prepare all the documents and records pertaining to an inmate’s parole. It’s best to begin this process about a year from any projected parole date. About six (6) months prior to an inmate’s parole eligibility date, an institutional parole officer (IPO) will begin preparing a case summary for the Board. It is best to be prompt and have our information to the Board prior to them receiving the additional documentation from the IPO.
  • I may visit the inmate at the prison location to obtain the client’s legal history, view of the crime, accomplishments achieved while incarcerated, and parole plans upon returning to society, but this may be an additional fee.


Although the firm is based in Austin, I have a statewide practice. My advice is listen to an attorney and be patient! The parole process can be a long and frustrating one. I have your best interests at heart and I have the experience to know what needs to be accomplished in order for you to have your loved one return to the “free world” as soon as possible! We know and understand the law, who the voting Members and Commissioners of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles are, and how the system works for and against the inmate.

Parole in Texas is unique. If a family member or loved one has been sent to prison, you should forget everything you have seen on television or in the movies. In Texas, the parole board members very seldom interview an inmate personally and almost never is the inmate brought before the Board to meet and personally answer questions posed to him/her by the Board members.

Generally, an evidentiary presentation regarding the legal issues and facts is submitted to the Board or Commissioners in order for them to review the information in a timely fashion. Be mindful that they may also review negative information contained in the inmate’s file from any victims, their families or other interested persons, the county sheriff and the district attorney who prosecuted the case. After making a timely request, the Board will then listen to an attorney presentation and summation of the evidence. Once the Board has: 1) reviewed all the information and, 2) heard arguments from counsel, they will base their decision(s) upon the totality of the information received and then decide whether to grant or deny parole to the inmate.

Why is this important? As a family member or friend, there has to be more that a letter or two pleading for the release of the individual, a few support letters, and/or perhaps a letter or statement of future employment. The parole eligibility date is not the date the parole board will meet and decide whether to grant parole or keep the individual in prison. A percentage of a sentence must be served to reach eligibility and this varies according to the nature of the offense and as specified by law. The parole eligibility date may change based on good conduct time.

We know how to effectively represent you! We pride ourselves on being tireless advocates who provide you with extraordinary and effective legal services. Oftentimes, inmates try to represent themselves without success. Be aware that any communication or action taken may be used against the inmate at any subsequent hearing. Often, information is used to deny an inmate’s release on parole.

Board members and commissioners are only obligated to speak with properly registered attorneys. At the Law Office of Chris Dorbandt, we register and seek approval from the Board on every inmate we represent. At the proper time, we confer with the lead commissioner once the client’s file has been received at the assigned Board. Presentations are made directly to the Commissioner assigned to the case. As your attorney, I will accommodate requests from families to visit with the Commissioner at the time the file is in final review for consideration of parole. However personal meetings are discretionary with the Board and Commissioners assigned to the file. Don’t expect to have a face-to-face meeting with any Commissioner, but we will set it up so that you can talk with him/her by phone.

Again, if a loved one is seeking release from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division (prison), you need to retain the services of a Texas parole attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the inmate has been interviewed on the unit by an Institutional Parole Officer (IPO) because it’s almost too late to do anything for the inmate before the hearing. You should contact us immediately for a free initial review and consultation without obligation. We are available toll free at 1.877.205.3425 or by calling 512.407.9700.

We have worked will all seven (7) offices of the Boards of Pardons and Paroles in Texas: