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Jessica Ruth Towne

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  • How much time is ordered for a 3rd dui while on probation

    my wife was picked up on a 3rd dui while driving on a revoked license and on probation also she was in drug court which was revoked

    Jessica’s Answer

    This is exactly the time to call the lawyer who previously represented your wife-- even if you don't have plans on using that lawyer again. He or she is familiar with her situation and will be able to give you a more precise answer than anyone else.

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  • On probation for in clayton county for driving on suspended lic. was arrested in different county same, dui, fts at ax w/ inj.

    My prob officer said i could likely be released next meeting in midjune. 1st appearance is july. i will be asking for pd b/c i was in a wreck, taken to the hosp. asked for bac test at hosp b/c i didnt get breath test at the wreck, but he just dism...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Driving on a suspended license is a big deal, although one that doesn't get a lot of media attention. Getting a DUI is also a big deal. You need experienced representation now. Ask the lawyer who represented you on your first charge what your next step should be. Talk to him or her even if you don't want to use that lawyer's services again. And see my website for more information about both these topics.

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  • What would most likely be my consequence of theft by shoplifting at a target,was not arrested but has a set court date?

    18 yr old College student, who was influenced to shoplift for the first time with a Misdemeanor case of a value of 25$, target was also paid 500$ in order to drop the charges by parent. Should I mention this in court? Will they have knowledge of t...

    Jessica’s Answer

    You are charged with a crime of moral turpitude, and this is something future employers are going to look closely at. For that reason, you need an attorney. Target cannot tell the court what to do about the charges. If a parent paid "$500 in order to drop the charges," that is $500 you'll never see again. Once charges are pressed, via citation or arrest, it is now the government deciding whether to continue prosecution or not. Even if Target asks the prosecutor to dismiss, it doesn't mean the prosecutor will. Finally, don't waste First Offender on a misdemeanor, ever. You never know when you may be somewhere with folks who get you charged with a felony; once you use First Offender, you can never use it again. Get an attorney.

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  • How can I get approved by LA Sheriff for house arrest?

    Recently, I was sentenced to 30 days county jail and recommended to house arrest by metro judge. 1) Is the interview by the probation officer done on phone or in person? 2) If approved, do I purchase the electronic monitoring device before or a...

    Jessica’s Answer

    These are great questions! If you have another appearance in front of the judge, ask the judge to explain this. If you had an attorney, and there are no more court appearances, ask your attorney.

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  • Question on a DUI stop and arrest in TN.

    I was arrested for a DUI in Tennessee September 1st, 2011. I was told I failed to maintain lane, and I blew a .16 after the field exam.I recieved a public defender due to being in college.The public defender watched the cruiser video with me and s...

    Jessica’s Answer

    The advantage to having a video in your case is that it contradicts the trooper. Let your lawyer do the arguing for you, it sounds like you have a good one.

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  • Violation of Probation w/ DUI misdemeanor

    If I pass the breathalyzer but violate with the ETG what will happen?

    Jessica’s Answer

    The ETG is supposed to test for past alcohol use. I'm not aware that any court recognizes the "science" behind this test. Hire a lawyer. Don't admit to alcohol use, invoke your right to remain silent.

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  • How do i get a waver to drive back and forth to work and school, if i have a DUI? Its a firt offenst.

    I have no background history and i dont want this on my record.

    Jessica’s Answer

    If you have a Georgia driver's license and you want to know if it's still valid, call the Department of Driver Services at 404-657-9300 and follow the voicemail prompts. If that recording says you have a valid license, you can drive. You haven't stated whether you've been to court and been convicted, or you've just been arrested. If you have just been arrested, you need an attorney. If you've already been to court, contact DDS to find out how you can legally drive. DDS will not discuss your driving history with anyone except you and only DDS can tell you if you can drive.

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  • Do people really ever win at an ALS hearing for 1st offense DUI?

    Will they look at the FST video at the hearing? Do the arresting cops normally show up? I blew a .095 and believe the officer did not read my implied consent, but a good amount of time has passed and a lot was going on, and I’m not sure how to fin...

    Jessica’s Answer

    The judge will probably not look at the video at the hearing. The cops usually show up in Gwinnett County. There are many ways to "win" an ALS hearing, but they are also useful in planning defense of the case. Your attorney can capture the officer's testimony under oath for use later on. If the officer did not read the implied consent warning, he or she will have to admit this at the license hearing. Not every arrest is on video, unfortunately. If you haven't already hired an attorney, you ought to have one before this hearing.

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  • If I plea guilty to a 1st offense misdemenor dui

    Is it possible for a lawyer to fight for me to not have sr-22 insurance required? Or is there nothing I can do about that? Also once I complete everything, such as DUI classes, if I have to have sr-22 insurance and I do get it, when its time to...

    Jessica’s Answer

    The requirement of the SR-22 insurance is a different segment of laws than DUI. Even if the judge doesn't mention the insurance requirement, in order to reinstate a Georgia driver's license after a DUI conviction, DDS requires this. After 120 days, if you're planning to move out of state, you should first fully reinstate your GA license, and then surrender that in your new "home" state to obtain a license there. Every state has different requirements, and may not issue a full license, or may require SR-22 insurance for a longer period of time.

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  • License after DUI conviction?

    If I attended the administrative hearing for my license and got the suspension lifted in exchange for a guilty plea. If I keep that agreement, would I get to keep my license, even after the criminal case court date?

    Jessica’s Answer

    It really depends upon your complete Georgia driving history. You should really not "guess" at this, but spend time and money on an attorney who can advise you how your license will be affected. If you don't have to drive, then it won't matter what happens to your license. If you're like most of us in the Metro-Atlanta area, you need a driver's license.

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