its a co-defendant who is currently in prison and I'm on parole. he/she has been trying to make contact with me and says that they were told by someone at the prison that it is ok to write me. They have even been mailing letters to my house. Is our mail and phones being watched? Can you please explain how this all works?
It was a residential Burglary charge and the order is part of my parole. I don't want to do anything to violate my parole and end up going back to prison, but I'm still curious about how they actually monitor and enforce such stipulations.
Criminal Defense Attorney
You should eradicate any contact with this person especially while on Parole. I would ask your attorney to contact your parole officer to illustrate that no foul play has been done on your part. With respect to the eaves dropping issue. It is unlikely, but I don't know what charges your faced.
Please contact a lawyer and do not make legal decision based on the legal advice provided. Criminal cases are complex and factually very sensitive.
First and foremost if a no contact order is in place, do not have any, direct or indirect contact with the person(s) covered by the order.
Direct means contact that is between you and him/her in person, via telephone, by mail, etc.
Indirect means contact thru another person.
Consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer to advise you regarding the attempts by the covered person to contact you.
It is possible but not probable that your mail and telephone are being monitored "parole".
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
No contact means NO CONTACT - either personally, through letters, email, text, Face Book, etc. It is highly unlikely that someone from the prison told your co-defendant that it is OK to write to you. However, even if that did occur, this is a violation of the order. Either return the letters, or bring them to your parole officer - unopened. Speak to your lawyer if you have further questions. Do not violate the no contact order!