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  • I need help on getting my friends to stop drinking. Any Ideas How?

    I live on a Native reservation. I need help with getting my friends to stop drinking. Even the underage ones

    Kathryn’s Answer

    Helllo! I agree with the other attorneys that this may not be a legal question, but I admire your dedication to helping your friends and those around you. My personal opinion is that if you set a positive example for them they may ultimately follow your lead. My best to you.

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  • What happens when your charged with a second mip?

    The first one I received when I was a minor and was taken off my record.

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    I agree that it might be helpful for you to hire an attorney. Typically, when you are arrested for the first time, the state is more lenient with you and may allow you to do some type of a diversion program (that sounds like what happened with your first case). Now that you have been charged for a second time, they are less likely to dismiss the case. However, with a skilled lawyer who can explain your situation and negotiate on your behalf, you may be able to receive the same type of program or a reduction in charges. Good luck!!

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  • Does a possession of marijuana less than a joint go to NCIC if it was juvenile ,

    I was fingerprinted it was at school but the next day the officer just dropped it. It never went to court it was only filed.

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    The only thing that concerns me about this situation is that you were indeed fingerprinted. It is quite possible the prints were never sent to a police department and it does not sound like you were formally booked into jail, so I would imagine you are fine. However, to be overly cautious, you could order a copy of your NCIC to confirm. Good luck!

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  • I got caught stealing when I was 14, which was 5 years ago now, can I get a job in the medical field with it being expunged?

    When I went to court I did the juvenile program so that it would come "off" my record. I stole worth of 30 dollars. I did community hours, jury duty & went to juvenile jail? (I forgot what that's called) so kids could talk to us. The program was ...

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    Typically, juvenile records are sealed. However, in some instances, there are petitions or motions that you must file in order for this to go into effect. In other cases, the judge issues an order to seal the case simply based on your completion of a program or other requirements. I would recommend contacting the clerk of court for the juvenile court or your previous attorney to confirm what the last steps were on your case and if your record has already been sealed, or if this is something you need to go ahead and handle now. Best of luck to you!

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  • My 17 year old son has a 15 year old tried push him off of a railing. My son ended up punching now they are pressing assult cha

    My17 year old had a 15 year old keep trying to push him off of a railing. My son ended up punching him and not they are pressing assault charges, can they do that? Can we turn around and press charges? This kid is also trying to start something wi...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    If the other child was was instigating this situation and your son was acting in self-defense, it certainly sounds like he has a good defense. The state can pursue charges against your son based on their initial investigation, but that does not necessarily mean that they will be able to ultimately prove their case. One thing I would suggest is that you speak to your son about whether or not there were any other students or teachers who witnessed the other child's behavior and how he was interacting with your son. Any type of witness statements could certainly bolster a self defense claim and could persuade the state to potentially charge the other child or drop charges against your son. Good luck!

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  • Can a person pled or utilize the first offender act on a felony charge? Only minor traffic violations.

    During a traffic stop a gun was discovered in the car by the police and it came up as stolen. Theft by receiving stolen property is the charge. Also a ticket for not having a current decal was issued.

    Kathryn’s Answer

    First offender treatment is available for this particular charge. While taking a plea under the
    First Offender Act can be a very beneficial thing in that you can honestly state that you have not been convicted of a felony, the penalty is much harsher if you were to violate the terms of your sentence. You definitely want to have a conversation with your attorney about the pros and cons of the First Offender Act and make sure this is the best option. Good luck to you!

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  • Can you please translate this statement? The secretary and the commission shall not request or consider juvenile adjudications,

    arrests or other court proceedings not leading to a conviction, or expunged offenses at any point in the application process. Is it saying if you were convicted as a juvenile that the conviction can be used against you? Or, that juvenile records ...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    You are in good shape. It is saying that juvenile convictions will not be held against you in the process. I know sometimes legal jargon can be confusing! I wish you the best of luck.

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  • What can I do about my speeding ticket?

    I got pulled over for going 41 in a school zone in glynn co georgia. I didn't even notice that I was doing anything wrong because I've been diving that road everyday this summer I didn't even know that school was back in session, it being the firs...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    I'm not sure if you're planning to hire an attorney, but I would suggest that either yourself or the attorney go ahead and call the solicitors or prosecutors office. If you do not have many infractions on your driving history, then the solicitor may be willing to reduce the points just by speaking to them on the phone. It may be difficult, however, to actually get the solicitor on the phone due to their busy court schedule (that is why these things are often handled in court). However it would certainly be worth a shot. Best of luck to you!

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  • Im 17 and got a possession of marijuana charge for having a bag of marijuana resin at school i was put on pretrial but failed

    im a first time offender I've never went to jail or been arrested

    Kathryn’s Answer

    I would need to know exactly what you mean by failing pretrial. If you were enrolled in a pretrial diversion program and did not complete the requirements, then your case can be re-opened and you will have to go back to court and handle the case. If you have a reasonable excuse for why you were not able to complete the program, then perhaps the program administrators would continue to work with you. I would speak to the lawyer who initially handled the case and see if they can get more details for you. It is important to be proactive in this type of situation, especially if you are hoping for another shot at staying in the program.

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  • How long does it take for a warrant to be dismissed?

    my husband was arrested and moved from murray county to muscogee county for a violation of probation charge but he wasn't on probation and if I call the probation office there they said he has no active probation and a warrant dismissal was sent t...

    Kathryn’s Answer

    I am hopeful that he has been released at this point! However, if for some reason he has not been, I would suggest getting an attorney to make a call on his behalf. Perhaps something more is going on here. Best of luck.

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