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Jessica Katherine Stern

Jessica Stern’s Answers

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  • I am a permanent resident and I was forced to sign paperwork to relinquish my green card!

    The purpose of my visit was to actually get fingerprinted for my citizenship. My parents are both naturalized citizens- so are my brothers and sister.

    Jessica’s Answer

    This must be related to the claim that you've "abandoned your residency," meaning that you were outside of the country so long without significant ties here that it appears you no longer intend to make the U.S. your country of residence. A good attorney can carefully review your circumstances to see if there is a way to challenge this claim. If you are still here in Atlanta, I am happy to consult with you about your options. Are you scheduled for a court date here in Atlanta?

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  • I am on B2...I-92 exp on 31st Jan 2014, Married a US citizen on the 13th Jan..Wht documents are needed for filing the petition??

    Kindly let me know which documents are needed for the filing of I-130 and I-485..I knw abt marriage certificate..but we do not have any joint lease or co-mingling of financial assets as I am on B2 visa..

    Jessica’s Answer

    The instructions for the petitions can be found online, and they outline the necessary documents. However, as one of the other attorneys noted, there are still many ways to get this wrong. If your application is rejected you will have to file all over again and risk your current status expiring. Make sure to hire an experienced attorney right away. Please let me know if I can help.

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  • When are active warrants seen by locals law agencies (police, courts, etc.)?

    Ticket for no ins/invalid registration received in 2010. Vehicle impounded. Straightened out all paperwork, got vehicle out of impound & paid a fee to clerk at court house. Never went to court b/c I figured fine was paid in cash/no receipt at thi...

    Jessica’s Answer

    You first need to get the warrant lifted if you paid the citation. I think the trouble is going to be the proof of payment if the court clerk has records as unpaid. You should still be able to resolve this one way or another with a lawyer who is willing to take on the challenge. However, if you're talking about bringing suit against the jurisdiction for the error of a warrant, you'd need to seek out a civil rights attorney to bring a civil suit outside of the regular criminal process. Again, this is going to depend on your ability to prove that you appeared and paid the citation.

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  • I received a citation for failure to obey traffic device.Can I find out if the solicitor will reduce to a nonreportable offense?

    I have not been assigned to a judge yet, so I don't know which solicitor I will speak with. I know some judges do not allow their solicitors to offer a reduction to a non-reportable offense. How can I find out if the judge I will be assigned to a...

    Jessica’s Answer

    It's almost impossible to find out anything about a case prior to court at the Atlanta Municipal Court unless you have a lawyer who knows the solicitors well. Even then, it's still difficult. You'll need to show up the day of, and see what you can do. Come with reasons why the solicitor should reduce it. Defensive driving class completed, maybe?

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  • I got aressted for the 4th time

    two were thrown out and pti the other probation just need advice on what could happen to mke and what i need to do

    Jessica’s Answer

    A good attorney would tell you to take a close look at what is going on with your life currently that is causing these multiple arrests. You need to get ahead of this not only because you can end up with serious criminal consequences, but because you deserve better for your future. Definitely get some good legal representation right away before it's too late, but also try some solid reflection. Maybe counseling, AA, or something to get you out of this rut. No judgments - just experience talking. Good luck to you.

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  • Trying to seal a record from a 1986 statutory rape charge here in GA. offence occurred in mass. In 1985

    i was 22 years old and she was 15. got a ten year sentence, it was reduced due to a revise and revoke. served 4 months was released and did not register in mass. or GA. Ive been living in GA. for the past 15 years. attorney in mass says i need a ...

    Jessica’s Answer

    It sounds like you may be asking more about sex offender registration requirements in Georgia where you reside. Your MA conviction cannot be sealed from Georgia, as the other attorneys have said, but if you have particular sex offense convictions the laws of Georgia might require you to register here. In order to make sure you're in compliance, or to see if Georgia will provide this letter that you mentioned, you should contact an attorney right away who is knowledgeable about sex offense matters.

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  • I was wrongfully put on probation and in was held in jail for 10 days and need to find an attorney to help me with this

    i lost my job and time with my children and have all the paperwork

    Jessica’s Answer

    Much more information is needed to properly answer this question. Are you looking to file a civil suit for damages or appeal your criminal sentence/case? If you are looking for a lawsuit, you need a civil rights "1983 lawyer."

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  • Georgia expungement of arrest records for first offender misdemeanor convictions?

    I understand that the "expungement" law in Georgia has recently changed. Can arrest records be expunged or sealed if they are associated with a "first offender" plea? First offender means the conviction can be sealed, but can the arrest records al...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Unfortunately, I have to disagree with the previous answer slightly. While a plea under the conditional discharge statute (OCGA 16-13-2) was included in the new Record Restriction law (even if the date of offense was before law change), a traditional first offender sentence was not unfortunately.

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  • What is the proper procedure to request a change in a criminal court date due to confict of date?

    I brought a found kitten to the Fulton County Animal Services, just like I did the week before, but this time I had forgotten my wallet. I explained that they had all my information and proof of id on file, but the staff member refused to pull the...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Keep in mind that you won't be able to talk with the Judge directly (in most jurisdictions), but rather the Judge's assistant or case manager. Call the Judge's chambers (the number should be listed online), and ask for the proper procedures. Do not get into the details of the case at that time because it isn't the proper avenue. You may need an attorney to properly present your defenses and evidence.

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  • How does a public defender work in Cobb county court?

    I got arrested for a misdemeanor drug charge of possession of marijuana under 1 ounce. This was my first time ever getting arrested for anything. An acquaintance who was in the exact same situation as me told me that she just went to court and "to...

    Jessica’s Answer

    I can't speak for the exact procedures for requesting a court-appointed attorney in Cobb State Court (because every court is different), but I would try to get some answers before court if possible. You want as much time to prepare for the resolution of this case as possible. First, try calling the Cobb County State Court Clerk of Court. They are usually a good reference of information. Ask them who you would contact to request a court-appointed attorney. If you do not get a good answer there, call the solicitor's office. However, do not talk with them about your case because this information can/will be used against you. Good luck to you!

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