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Jessica Ruth Towne

Jessica Towne’s Answers

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  • If I do community service before my first court appearance for a DUI (and they are willing to accept it) how do I document it?

    Does it matter how i document it? Or can I just have a paper with the place filling out and signing the hours I complete with a date? Could the court not accept it if it is not documented on a proper form? Because I do not have a Probation Off...

    Jessica’s Answer

    I agree with the others-- just make sure the nonprofit with whom you are working accepts court-ordered service. Not all do. Those that do, know the drill and have the proper papers for you.

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  • Before my first day in court for 1st dui, my lawyer tells me to only complete dui classes...

    Should I take his advice or should I still complete the alcohol and drug evaluation and community service, he did tell me several time not to worry about it but I wonder if thats smart? I'm not sure if I should go with his.advice because I don'...

    Jessica’s Answer

    This is NOT the time to be cheap. A DUI is a felony or misdemeanor criminal offense, not just a traffic ticket. If you are convicted of a DUI, there are mandatory penalties.

    You need an experienced DUI lawyer whom you feel confident will get you the best results possible. It doesn't sound like you feel this way about your current lawyer. Talk to your current lawyer, bring up these issues. If you still don't like his answers or advice, please interview several others until you find one you think knows what she is doing. Just be honest in your interviews that you already have retained someone. It's ok, you just need to be honest.

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  • If my license are suspended at the ALS hearing & I get the limited permit...

    if I obtain the limited driving permit after the ALS hearing & then plead guilty at my DUI hearing, will the limited driving permit be suspended & will I have to go back & apply for them again?

    Jessica’s Answer

    This is a great question to ask your attorney. If your license is suspended at the ALS hearing, your attorney should advise you what steps to take next. Otherwise, contact DDS to make sure that the information you need is accurate. After all, the DDS is in charge of your license. Don't rely on family or friends who may not know the real answer.

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  • If my license are suspended at the ALS hearing, will I be given something to drive on & how long will they be suspended?

    I was pulled over because I didnt have my lights on when I pulled out of the parking lot. Failed test. Blew .09. This is my 1st offense. I am pleading guilty because I dont have money for an attorney. If i lose my license at the ALS hearing, can ...

    Jessica’s Answer

    While I agree with Evan Watson, it also depends on any license suspension you may have had in the past. You should contact the Department of Driver Services to clarify what effect an administrative license suspension will have in your case.

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  • How can I get insurance fraud and false report of a crime lifted before court dates are assigned?

    Back in May I salvaged my vehicle to a gentleman who due to miscommunication picked up my vehicle before the sale was completed. Based on advice from my insurance carrier, I refused contact with anyone outside of my insuance company, and reported ...

    Jessica’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Boyle. You need to hire an attorney to talk to the prosecutor for you. Anything you tell the prosecutor may be used to prove the case against you. You need an attorney.

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  • DUI and License Suspension Arrest expunged.

    I received a DUI in December 2009, driving while license suspended in septmember 2010, and another DUI May 2011. What if any of these charges can I get expunged?

    Jessica’s Answer

    Unless any of these charges were dismissed without prosecution, you can't have these expunged from your record. If the charges were amended to a different charge (such as driving without your license in your possession, or Reckless Driving), the original offense will still show up on your record. The Georgia legislature has a new proposed law to change expungements. You should write to your Georgia representatives (state government) and ask them to vote in favor of expunging more charges.

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  • What can we do to get someone out of jail on a traffic failure to appear

    "my kid got two tickets ,she didn't pay or went to court for. she was areested yesterday and is being held on a cash bond for fa

    Jessica’s Answer

    If she was arrested for failing to appear in court or pay the tickets, the only way for her to be released is to post a new bond to assure her court appearance. She needs to go to court to resolve her tickets. If they are serious driving violations, or if she's under age 21, she needs a lawyer.

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  • Honestly how often do first dui charges get reduced to reckless?

    I no every case is different but in general is it really rare to get charges reduced?

    Jessica’s Answer

    It is nearly impossible to have the charges reduced on your own. With a DUI defense attorney (as opposed to a general practice, or even a general criminal defense attorney), your chances increase.

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

    I have been speaking regularly with my solicitor regarding my case. She has finally reviewed my case and she said that if i enter a plea her recommendation will be $600+SC, 12 m/p, 24 hours serve (not seeking additional jail time), 40 hours commun...

    Jessica’s Answer

    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 which ones blow smoke. Remember also that anything you say can be used to further prosecute you. You need an experienced, local DUI defense lawyer.

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  • How to get an expungement in forsyth county ga for dui I had 4 years ago

    Can I do it myself? How long will it take and how much does it cost? I currently been unemployed for 2 years and I believe that my DUI record is to blame for lack of employment. My prior job I was very successful with awards etc Throughout my 14yr...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Georgia has very limited circumstances where an expungement is permitted, and length of time has nothing to do with it. If you were convicted of the DUI, you are not eligible for an expungement. If you were arrested, and then all charges dismissed (not resolved with a plea to another offense), you may be eligible for an expungement. I can't tell from your post how your case resolved. Please contact your state representatives because there is a bill pending in the next legislative session that, if passed, will allow more cases to be expunged.

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