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Caryn S. Fennell
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Caryn Fennell’s Legal Cases

4 total

  • Shohoudy v. Doyal

    Practice Area:
    Child Custody
    Date:
    Dec 12, 2012
    Outcome:
    Physical Custody to Father of Minor Child Born Out of Wedlock
    Description:
    A self-employed male client retained the firm's legal services to Legitimate his minor child, then 2 years old, born out of wedlock in Cherokee County with his then girlfriend. Client also sought full legal and physical custody, a challenge in a State that not long ago, gave deference to the mother solely based on the age of the children. Although that “Tender Years Statute” was outlawed, the fact is that the majority of father’s in Georgia face an uphill battle to obtain rights of their children that amount to much more than them being the visiting parent. In this case, the client in fact lost the first stage of the case at the Temporary Hearing, and while denied full custody, the Court granted his requested relief to be held out as the Legal Father on the basis that he had not abandoned his parental interest or bond with the child and that he is the biological child (as required for legitimation). We thoroughly and aggressively investigated the case for the next six months, showing the Court that the mother was unstable and did not act in the best interests of her chill. In the end, the client won sole physical custody rights of his minor child, in Cherokee County, Georgia.
  • State v. Runyon

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 26, 2013
    Outcome:
    All Charges Dismissed
    Description:
    Client was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after a search of his person as passenger in a vehicle resulted in a seizure of marijuana less than one once. In a State where one must often question whether the Fourth Amendment actually exists, the case against Mr. Runyon was dismissed after we successfully argued Mr. Runyon's Motion to Suppress on the basis that the Woodstock Police Department K9 Officer, Jackson made an illegal stop of the vehicle on private property, thus resulting in all evidence procured as a result of the illegal stop being suppressed by Order of the Court.
  • State v. Stephens

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Dec 12, 2013
    Outcome:
    All Charges Dismissed
    Description:
    Client charged with Entering Auto, Burglary, Theft by Taking (x2), Theft by Receiving, and Violation of Probation. His charges arose out of criminal conduct that occurred in the client's neighborhood over the course of a six month period. After six months of successful and aggressive investigation, we procured witness testimony and material facts that demonstrated to the Court that the alleged acts which Mr. Stephens was charged actually occurred prior to Mr. Stephens parole date and that a different defendant, unrelated to Mr. Stephens or his case, adjudicated guilty prior to his parole date. The investigation resulted in all charges being dismissed against Mr. Stephens and the Violation of Probation warrant being dismissed.
  • Roach v. Roach

    Practice Area:
    Child Custody
    Date:
    Jan 21, 2014
    Outcome:
    Win against the TPO and Win as to Custody
    Description:
    This was a difficult case of Parental Alienation caused by the mother who twice falsely alleged that the father was "abusing" the children. Before I was retained, she first obtained a TPO in Forsyth County in April, 2013 by accusing him of throwing a "Lego" block at his son. She later admitted in a deposition that she never saw the incident, after previously twice testifying that she did. At the same deposition she stated that she had no concerns or evidence that the father abused the children. Two weeks later she accused him of child molestation against both his son and daughter. She obtained a second TPO in August, five months after the first and a criminal investigation ensued. At an evidentiary hearing, before I was retained, she falsely testified about evidence and other matters, including lying about the participation of DFCS and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department. I was retained in September and we spent five months aggressively investigating and researching the facts of the case. We obtained evidence of the extent the mother went to lie to the Court and Obtain TPO's in order to isolate the children from their Father. We eventually had the second TPO dismissed with prejudice as a result of her conduct and now have a motion for attorney fees pending. He later obtained 50/50 shared custody of his children at a mediation, which was fantastic because for 10 months, because of the mother's bad conduct, he only saw his children for a total of 8 days. While he wanted full custody, and could have won full custody at a final hearing before the judge, it was not in the children's best interest to continue fighting. Although the mother acted badly toward the father, the children are equally bonded to both parents. To rip them away from either parent would be a tragedy at this stage in their young lives. Sometimes doing the right thing by children is more important than being right, and that statement is none more true than in this case.