Jessica Katherine Stern’s Answers

Jessica Katherine Stern

Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 8
  1. How can 3 felony theft by deception charges be handled instead of going to trial in GA

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michael Jason Rhoades
    2. Jessica Katherine Stern
    2 lawyer answers

    Are these three charges all in one county or separate counties? If it is spread through different counties it can be much more tricky. You definitely need a good lawyer to help you obtain the best possible result. Please let me know if we can be of any assistance. I handle cases like this all of the time. Good luck!

  2. Is there anyway my friend can get the DA to drop the case?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. David Edward Boyle
    2. Michael Jason Rhoades
    3. Jessica Katherine Stern
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, your friend won't be in a good position to do this on his own. Anything he says to the DA will then later be used against him. Hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney is key in obtaining the best outcome. What county is this in? Feel free to have him give us a call. We'd love to help him if we can. Good luck.

  3. Can a victim try to a persuade witness if they don't want to go to court? An it cause a witness to lie about being threaten?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jessica Katherine Stern
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. A James Rockefeller
    4 lawyer answers

    I'd like to help you with your question, but I'm uncertain about what it is you're asking. Anyone can be subjected to witness tampering charges - even a victim. If you can comment or resubmit your question I'd be happy to answer.

  4. Can a victim try to a persuade witness if they don't want to go to court? An it cause a witness to lie about being threaten?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jessica Katherine Stern
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. A James Rockefeller
    4 lawyer answers

    I'd like to help you with your question, but I'm uncertain about what it is you're asking. Anyone can be subjected to witness tampering charges - even a victim. If you can comment or resubmit your question I'd be happy to answer.

  5. Do i contact my probation officer?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. A James Rockefeller
    2. Jessica Katherine Stern
    3. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    4. Barry Franklin Poulson
    4 lawyer answers

    It is good that you are thinking about "doing the right thing." You should always consult with a lawyer before any negative consequences arise. It seems like there isn't much of a need to report this situation, but it all depends on your relationship with the probation officer. Keep in mind that anything you say to probation (arm of the state) can be used against you in a potential probation revocation proceeding or for any potential new charges. I'd always use precaution in...

  6. How far back can the state go in criminal history to use against an offender?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. George F. Mccranie IV
    3. Jessica Katherine Stern
    4 lawyer answers

    Your question depends on what you mean by, "use against an offender." When the state is arguing against bond or for sentencing purposes, they can go back as far as your record extends. Of course, the more time that has passed in between arrests is always beneficial. However, you may be referring to the time limit the state can impeach a witness with their criminal history. There are different factors that play into that analysis, but typically there is a 10 year limit. Unfortunately,...

  7. How far back can the state go in criminal history to use against an offender?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. George F. Mccranie IV
    3. Jessica Katherine Stern
    4 lawyer answers

    Your question depends on what you mean by, "use against an offender." When the state is arguing against bond or for sentencing purposes, they can go back as far as your record extends. Of course, the more time that has passed in between arrests is always beneficial. However, you may be referring to the time limit the state can impeach a witness with their criminal history. There are different factors that play into that analysis, but typically there is a 10 year limit. Unfortunately,...

  8. What type of offenders are priority for the federal government to pick up from the state?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. A James Rockefeller
    2. Jessica Katherine Stern
    2 lawyer answers

    It has been my experience that the Feds tend to think that the state courts are not sentencing harshly enough and will sometimes bring simultaneous federal charges to the ongoing state charges. You can be charged in both state and federal courts for the same conduct - even if you have already convicted. Many times federal prosecutors will use the state court conviction as an admission/basis for conviction in federal courts. You have to be extremely careful in these situations and hiring...

  9. Can you be charged for marijuana that was in someone elses car?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. A James Rockefeller
    3. Jessica Katherine Stern
    3 lawyer answers

    While I agree with the answers already given, there are different factors that need to be considered. Was the marijuana found under the seat you were in? Although such a small amount in another person's car would be hard to pin on you, your proximity and potential control over it will make a difference in the successful outcome of your case. Have you hired an attorney work on this yet? It would be best to have someone look at it closely and go to the prosecutor arguing the blatant...

  10. Parole revoked b/c i was arrested on charges..this resulted inme still in jail its been 2years in jail and still no indictment ?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. George F. Mccranie IV
    2. Jessica Katherine Stern
    2 lawyer answers

    The problem with parole, and I hate to say it, is that you have very little rights. The state looks at parole as a gift. You were sentenced to a certain amount of time and they released you early. Any little thing can be the basis for a parole revocation and there is very little, to nothing, that can be done about it. Parole doesn't follow statutory or case law. It is an administrative body that is run extremely conservatively. There isn't even a "burden of proof" that is used when deciding to...