Michael Kennedy McIntyre is a post-conviction criminal defense lawyer based in Atlanta, with experience spanning over three decades. He founded Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in 1985 to focus on post-conviction representation in the state of Georgia. In the course of his career, Mr. McIntyre has served as a lead defense counsel on a number of death penalty cases.
Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates is well versed in evaluating various options available for clients to obtain relief from their conviction, including parole representation and related options. Parole is when offenders are granted early release from their prison sentence and allowed to serve the remainder of their sentence in the community but under supervision and with certain conditions.
Georgia’s State Board of Pardons and Paroles is mandated to grant parole at its discretion for various offenders who have served time for their sentences. In Georgia, parole is not granted for some offenses. It is beneficial for clients who are eligible for parole to know the parole guidelines recommendation for their offense.
For instance, some offenses require an inmate to serve 65 percent of the sentence before being released on parole. Also, murder convictions with a life sentence which occurred after 2006 are not eligible for parole consideration until after the service of 30 years. When considering parole, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles follows a grid system, the parole guidelines, which is advisory. Although the Parole Board utilizes the grid system when considering a case, the Parole Board can determine to depart upward or downward from the grid system. Last, the Parole Board exercises discretion and does not have to disclose why it has made a particular decision or what information is contained in an offender’s parole file.