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  • Will I still be prosecuted for taking money from an employer 4 years ago??

    Almost 4 years ago to the day I took a 4 figure sum of money from an employer at the time. The issue is I also came to the uk, and have been here, legaly since. But now I need to come home to Georgia. Am I outside the statute of limitations??

    Ryan’s Answer

    The prosecutor could argue that the statute of limitations was tolled (or paused) for the time you were outside Georgia. I'd recommend talking to a criminal defense attorney before you come back to Georgia.

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  • I have an arraignment on june 3rd for possession or marijuana. can i enter the plea myself an hire a lawyer afterwards?

    marijuana was being grown at a house i was living in. i was arrested at the same time as the owner we are both facing the same charges. Ive been told it is better to no have a co defendant . any advice would be greatly appreciated

    Ryan’s Answer

    It's important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible in criminal cases, especially in cases with codefendants. You want your case to be rock solid and presented to the prosecutor before the codefendant makes a deal to testify against you. If you don't have enough money, either ask for a public defender or call some attorneys and see if they will work with you.

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  • Can a school offical question a child without the mother being present

    child (14_) brought pocket knife to school, teacher was told about it and took it away the assoc principal found out and called boy and parents to meet mother had not arrived was ten minutes further away than father divorced and joint custody ...

    Ryan’s Answer

    Yes. There is a lot of case law establishing that a school principal is not a state agent for the purposes of a custodial interrogation.

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  • Out of fed prison.Before deciding where to move ,is there any way to get info on each counties PO and their reputation

    My boyfriend is on federal supervised release. If we decide to marry he'll have to transfer here to the Atlanta area and I'll need to find a place for us to live. I'd like to know if there is any way to get info on specific probation officers ...

    Ryan’s Answer

    Some of my clients have found the PrisonTalk message board useful--see if anyone is talking about the different counties in Georgia there in the link.

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  • Can i get my whole record expunged?

    i have several misdemeanors in sc. can i get all of them expunged if its been three years from my last conviction?

    Ryan’s Answer

    Information on SC expungements in the link.

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  • If I'm 16 and I have two traffic tickets for the first time ever can I take the pretrial diversion program? Do I need my parent?

    I am 16 years old. This is my first time getting a ticket. My parents are going to be out of state during the time of my court date

    Ryan’s Answer

    Yes, you want to bring your parents. Call the probation officer on your court summons (this is the court-based probation officer who supervises you while you have charges pending in juvenile court) and see if you can get your court date changed to when your parents will be in town.

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  • Do I need a lawyer? I don't have a lot of money...

    I was arrested in Walton County, GA for driving with a suspended license. He said he couldn't see who was driving and the vehicle was already stopped when he pulled up. The ticket is just shy of $1500. I'm currently on probation for DUI manslaught...

    Ryan’s Answer

    I would get a copy of the police report and bring it with you when you consult with some lawyers.

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  • How much do lawyers charge to handle aggravated assault/possesion of firearm cases in atlanta? Are theur any cheap ones?

    Boyfriend got charged with 3 counts of aggravated assault and possesion of f/a during committ of crime and possesion of f/a c vonvicted felon. Need a good cheap lawyer. The victims signef a wavier of prosecution form.

    Ryan’s Answer

    Shop around. You can find a lawyer at any price point, but what you need to worry about is the amount of work the lawyer is going to do for you. Ask the lawyer to explain exactly what he or she's going to do, and discuss ways you can do some of the work to lower the fee (track stuff down yourself, etc.)

    What you don't want to do is hire a lawyer "because the case will just be dismissed" and then it isn't and you didn't pay your lawyer enough to prepare the case for trial.

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