Jessica Ruth Towne’s Answers

Jessica Ruth Towne

Lawrenceville DUI / DWI Attorney.

Contributor Level 13
  1. Changing from bench trial to jury trial?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jessica Ruth Towne
    2. Kevin Aaron Chastine
    3. George F. Mccranie IV
    4. David Edward Boyle
    4 lawyer answers

    Depending upon the court and how familiar your attorney is with the prosecutor, if you opted for a bench trial and then your attorney enters an appearance, the prosecutor may disregard your request for a bench trial and ask your attorney how you intend to handle the matter. You need an attorney. For instance, I recently had a client go to court initially and say she wanted a bench trial, when she really wanted a new court date to bring me in as her attorney. As soon as the prosecutor saw...

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  2. Can I negotiate directly with the solicitor myself before court to reduce a dui to reckless driving?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Evan A. Watson
    3. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3 lawyer answers

    Unless you know how to legally defend the original DUI charge, what incentive does the prosecutor have to change your DUI to something else? This is what an experienced DUI defense attorney does for you. Where possible (and all cases have their unique facts), we look at why the prosecutor is not going to win due to factual, legal or both reasons. Many times, we succeed in "winning" without a trial. Prosecutors know which lawyers are serious about taking a case all the way to trial, and...

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  3. Can I use the first offender act twice in Georgia?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Evan A. Watson
    3. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3 lawyer answers

    The quick answer is, no. First offender is available for a first conviction, and in order to receive that type of treatment from a judge, one has to tell the judge that he/she has never been sentenced as a first offender anywhere. Usually, the judge has that person under oath, which means one can suffer perjury charges for falsely telling the judge that one has not been treated as a first offender before.

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  4. I was recently indicted in Gwinnett (superior court/felonies) - what next and when can I expect a trial date?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Phillip Darrell Kimbrell
    2. Jessica Ruth Towne
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Kimbrell. Your next move is to hire an attorney. Don't be swayed by "free consultation." You may need to pay an attorney for an initial consultation. You need an attorney. Today. Your attorney can advise you, after being hired, what the next move is.

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  5. How long can you serve on a 3 years sentence?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Robert Douglas Lenhardt
    2. Jessica Ruth Towne
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above answer. Jackson State Prison is probably Jackson Diagnostic, where your nephew will undergo "testing" to determine which prison will ultimately house him. He should expect to be there about six weeks. This means he's got at least six more weeks in custody. After that, it's really anyone's guess. It depends on his age, education level, prior convictions and other things that the Board of Pardons and Paroles may or may not consider in its decision.

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  6. I got a DUI this past weekend and blew a .101 at the station. I plan to fight the case. My 1st court date is 1 wk, Two questions

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lance Warren Tyler
    2. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3. Michael Jason Rhoades
    4. Phillip Darrell Kimbrell
    5. Deborah C Anderson Esq
    5 lawyer answers

    You should hire an attorney to represent you on this serious charge as soon as possible. Let your attorney advise you whether you should take the DUI class or start community service. After learning all of the facts of your case, your attorney can advise you how best to fight your case.

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  7. Is this considered a first offense?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lance Warren Tyler
    2. Elmer H. Young III
    3. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3 lawyer answers

    If you lose your license in Georgia due to a Georgia DUI conviction, you can ask the Department of Driver Services to issue an immediate work permit so you can drive again. Most of the time DDS issues the work permit right away and offers early reinstatement of your full license after 120 days with proof of DUI School and a large fee (remember, the full suspension in Georgia is really one year).

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  8. Interference Of Custody [Curious Question!]

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Leslie Vaughan Simmons
    2. David Edward Boyle
    3. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3 lawyer answers

    Your condition of bond prohibits you from contacting your gf until the misdemeanor charge is resolved. However, you may also be charged with felony Aggravated Stalking and face possible revocation of the original bond if you contact this girl. I suggest that until the case is resolved and she's 18 that you not contact her. You should consider keeping a close friend nearby in case the dad thinks you're trying to contact his daughter. It is not worth the risk of a felony charge to contact...

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  9. We need to hire a different attorney, how should we proceed?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. William James Atkins
    2. Phillip Darrell Kimbrell
    3. Jessica Ruth Towne
    4. Kevin Francis Guyette
    4 lawyer answers

    If you are unhappy with your present lawyer, please make sure your lawyer knows this! He or she may be unaware that there is trouble and will most likely be happy for the chance to regain your trust. If you do decide to change attorneys, make sure you interview several and choose the person you think will best be able to answer all your questions and give you the service you deserve.

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  10. I went to mexico and im on probation and missed court can i get arrested in mexico?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Phillip Darrell Kimbrell
    2. Jessica Ruth Towne
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree that you may be arrested for missing court once you come back to the U.S. You need an attorney to try to recall that warrant and keep the bond in place.

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