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Jessica Ruth Towne

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  • Felony DUI charge 23 yrs ago in NC. I've worked at the same Company 25 yrs. Will this Felony prevent new job opportunities?

    I was charged with a DUI when I was a teenager, my license were revoked for one year. Once they were returned, I was charged with another DUI in less than a year. This time they were revoked for 5 years, community service, fines, probation, etc. B...

    Jessica’s Answer

    I would suggest that you explore a pardon of the felony. The law is different from state to state, but you should be able to research NC's Board of Pardons and Paroles online. If you don't understand the requirements, or eligibility, hire a NC criminal defense attorney to help you. Certainly a new employer will want to know about your past, even a charge from 23 years ago, but an employer's insurance company may be your biggest obstacle. Once you've had a charge pardoned, you may find more job offers are extended to you.

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  • When should I file for Early Termination of Probation?

    Hello everyone, I was sentenced back in 2011 to 7 years of Georgias First Offender Probation in Gwinnett County for a Marijuana charge. I got transferred through Interstate Compact (ICOTS) to live in Tennessee because thats where my family lives....

    Jessica’s Answer

    Since you are getting nowhere with the phone, it's time to start looking for an attorney-- this is what we are for. Good luck!

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  • What happens if you don't have the money to pay a speeding ticket?

    My husband got a speeding ticket in fulton county-going 82 on I-85. He got a speeding ticket last year in Dekalb County. He called city of atlanta to find out how much the fine was and it is $700.00. We don't have the money. He was planning to go ...

    Jessica’s Answer

    It is going to be tough to get the fine reduced. But here are the steps you can take to attempt to get the speed reduced --which should help with your insurance rates.

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  • I'm 19 years old. . Trying to join the military. How should I handle my first D.U.I.?

    I was drinking Thursday night and decided to drive. The officer said I was going 95 and he smelled alcohol to make things short I Took a breathalyzer got 0.74 at the station. Also charged with speeding, and minor in possession.

    Jessica’s Answer

    I answer this in my article DUI & Minors (under 21) and the military. Read on, and good luck.

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  • What should I do?!

    So I am currently 17, which is considered an adult in the state of Georgia. Yesterday my parents got a call from a detective asking her to come in to the Roswell police department. My mom went and they said that they were investigating me for shop...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Good for you. You instinctively knew to keep quiet. Please talk a lawyer, and pay that lawyer for a consultation so that you will leave that interview knowing exactly what your choices are, what punishments you may face, and what you need to do next. (A free consultation won't tell you anything specific). And read my blog posting on your 4th amendment rights.

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  • How many points will this cost me on my license and should I hire a lawyer?

    I got stopped going 63 on a 45 zone and I got a ticket for that. I also got a ticket for a wrong address on my license. Just pondering what I should do next. Thanks in advance for any response?

    Jessica’s Answer

    You can find the answer to your speeding question on my blog the Atlanta DUI blog (yes, I blog about all things traffic related). Many people can handle this type of ticket on their own, and my posting walks you through what to expect. Good luck.

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  • What will happen if I stop going to my drug and alcohol classes?

    I was sentences to 1 year probation, that year has passed. Half way through my probation I got a violation and was told to do a drug and alcohol evaluation. Since then I have been to 12 classes and still have another 16 remaining. I have complet...

    Jessica’s Answer

    I can't tell if you're still on probation. You may have to check court records to find out. If you were sentenced to 12 months of probation and it's been more than 12 months, you may be finished with probation, even if you're not finished with the class. Don't ask probation for this information, go see the clerk of court and ask to see your file (bring your case number). That file is a public record. Find out the date of your sentence. If you are blocked from getting this information, you may need to hire an attorney.

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  • Traffic citation for violation of code 40-6-50 while making a right turn.

    Making a right turn onto P'tree Ind Blvd from McGinnis Ferry Rd in Suwanee (for those familiar with this area). There is a short right turn into the Pike's Nursery, then about 50ft of I suppose what they call "the gore" and then the right turn lan...

    Jessica’s Answer

    The solicitor will not talk to you outside of court because she'll need the ticket and your driving information in front of her to determine how to proceed with your case. I suggest you try to handle this yourself and only if you understand everything you're agreeing to, strike an agreement. If you don't understand (remember, the judge and prosecutor are attorneys), you can ask them to reset court until you've met with or even hired an attorney. I assure you, they want you to get legal advice if you don't understand the charge or the consequences of admitting guilt.

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  • Will I qualify for ARD program in Pike county? General questions, please help!

    I was parked with card running and fell asleep behind the wheel. I took breath test and passed, but prob failed the walking/ toe touching etc tests. I refused a blood test, but did say I took a prescribed medication mistake. No passengers. I wa...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Please ask these questions of an attorney who practices regularly in the court where the papers direct you to go. Interview as many as you need to in order to find the right "fit," even if you have to pay for a consultation. Don't be pressured into hiring someone right away. A local attorney can explain ARD to you.

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  • Can they take away my provisional license?

    On my record, I had 5 points before and now, I just received 5 more points for a similar reason including driving by myself with a permit. After I did wait 9 months with NOT ONE TICKET (speeding or anything) I made an appointment. Literally a week...

    Jessica’s Answer

    The folks at the MVA know more about your license and points than anyone else. Find a driver improvement class and attend, paying attention to driving violations that may cause future suspensions. Try to be the best, most courteous driver on the roads, and once you have a full license, you'll never have to worry about points or provisional permits.

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