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Jessica Ruth Towne

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  • My son just came from court today for be charged with less than an oz marijuana and trespassing..he was advised by the d.a.

    to plead not guilty and go to trial...is this not just a little much for a misdemeamor citation? can he change he plee and just get a court appointed attorney.. he is only 19 and made a mistake but is now working and going to college and i dont wa...

    Jessica’s Answer

    This may also affect your son's college career. He needs an attorney to represent him, and the D.A. or solicitor can't do that. You should help your son get the best attorney possible.

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  • What is the value of a misdemeanor and a felony?

    Recently the value of a misdemeanor and a felony has changed. I talked to a detective and he said it was a misdemeanor if the value of the item stolen was under $1500 and a felony if it was over $1500. A family member of mine stole some jewelry an...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Your family member will know at the time of arrest whether the charge is misdemeanor or felony level. This family member will benefit from having an attorney resolve the charges, and the family member should make no admissions if asked questions by the store's detectives or police.

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  • How long do police have to issue a DUI after and accident occured if no ticket was given at the time.

    Me and my best friend were both drinking and in my car. We ended up rolling the car. Neither of us really have a recollection of the night and I don't know who was driving at the time of the accidnet. I know when we had left the fair I gave her my...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Each state has its own statute of limitations, which says how long it can take to prosecute you. However, I would also urge you to delete your post and make sure any discussions about the facts of your case be with an attorney so that it's privileged information. In Georgia, the police can get a search warrant and get your hospital records to determine your BAC.

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  • Am I allowed to drink alcohol and go to bars/nightclubs while on felony bond?

    I was arrested for possesion of mdma with intent to distribute. When I was bonded out I never received papers regarding my bond and the details of my bond and I have not been to court or had any updates on my case's status. I own my own promotion ...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Probably you will be getting into more trouble if you drink alcohol, even if it's "at work." The purpose of bond is to make sure you show up in court and don't get into more trouble while waiting for court. I'm sure you've noticed that some people who drink get into trouble, so the best way to avoid trouble until you're finished with your case is to avoid alcohol. You need an attorney to represent you on your current charge; don't make that attorney's job any harder; avoid alcohol.

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  • Caught shoplifting. No police involved, just a warning, but received a civil demand letter. What now?

    I got caught shoplifting couple weeks ago and received a civil demand letter later. It was my first time I only took 15$ worth of merchandise. The LP didn't call the police and also say that it won't be on my record nor will I receive a court date...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Those demand letters are tricky. Many times, my clients receive these and they are written, supposedly, by a law firm that is not licensed to practice law in GA, where I practice. You can ignore the letter, but if you are served with a civil law suit, you may need an attorney to keep the store from getting a judgment against you. If the LP served you with a criminal trespass warning, make sure you keep out of that store.

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  • Do i need a parent at my court date in new york for a underage consumption of alchol ticket if im 17

    i was in a car that got pulled over and i blew a .08 do i need a parent to come to court with me to resieve my fine?

    Jessica’s Answer

    Every court is different. Look for the telephone number on your ticket and call the court clerk to ask this question. It's a good idea for a parent to go to court with you; if this is going to present a problem for you, ask the clerk of court if a guardian or other adult can accompany you to court. This charge may affect your driver's license, and for that reason, you may want to speak to an attorney in the state that issues your license.

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  • My case was moved to another city, and i haven't gotten a notice for court.

    -I was arrested for a possession of marijuana in march of 2012 -went to court in may 6 of 2012 where my lawyer got the court moved into the city of atlanta where the judges would have more leniency on this case, and expunge this from my record. ...

    Jessica’s Answer

    This is a question that your lawyer has to answer. You seem to have hired a lawyer, and if he/she is not taking your phone calls, try an email or a written letter to find out what's going on. One of the "jobs" you've hired the attorney to do is to keep you informed about your case, and to let you know when you have to appear in court. Don't try to find the court information on your own; contact your attorney.

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  • I completed my ga first offender probation in 2011 and I want to know after completion, what do I need to do to seal my record?

    When employers pull my record its showing that I was convicted.

    Jessica’s Answer

    Upon completion of a first offender sentence, the only requirement is that the clerk of court notate that on the face of your file. Depending upon the county of conviction and the assigned judge, you may find that you cannot have the file sealed from view. Some counties have online databases and if you are pursuing a sealed file, make sure to include excluding this from online inquiries. There is no way to expunge this, even after completing first offender. You may be eligible for pardon. Potential employers may still see the charges, the file and the successful completion of the sentence.

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  • Am I able to drive to and from court appointed penalties with my DUI Limitied Permit?

    With my limited permit I understand I am allowed to drive to and from work. Does this also cover driving to and from PO visits, community service requirements, clinical evaluations, etc? This is my 1st DUI.

    Jessica’s Answer

    Yes, and this is a great question for the lawyer who represented you in court. Georgia law is strict in limiting that permit to activities related to work, school and medical appointments. The permit has always allowed a driver to go to court-order alcohol counseling, such as DUI School and the alcohol/drug evaluation and treatment, but only recently has DDS recognized the driver's other requirements such as to and from community service and probation. Congratulations, Georgia Assembly for passing this important legislation and recognizing that drivers, out of desperation, will choose to drive when they are suspended. This means insurance will cover them, and that's good for us all.

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  • If you are on first offender probation and you fail a drug test for marijuana, what will the punishment be?

    i don't know how first offender works,so any information would be helpful.

    Jessica’s Answer

    You are asking the wrong question. You should be asking: how can I stay clean while on probation so I don't have to face further consequences? Rule #1 on probation is always "do not violate the law." Taking illegal drugs is illegal. Just don't do them and have a happy probation knowing you are doing anything to mess things up.

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