Kathryn Jones Boortz’s Answers

Kathryn Jones Boortz

Atlanta Juvenile Law Attorney.

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  1. Can a Judge just deny your bond? Without explaining why he or she did so

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. Noah Howard Pines
    3. John Arnold Steakley
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
    5. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes, however, it does seem like the reason for denial is the fact that he is on probation. Do you know if the probation officer has issued a probation violation for the new charge? If so, the jail would likely place a probation hold on him, and he would not be released on a bond for the new charge. This may be why the judge did not set one.

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  2. What will happen to me if I got a Misdemeanor for car racing and don't have money to pay it when it's due?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. Stephen Troy Allen
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3 lawyer answers

    Did you already plead guilty to the charge? If so, were you placed on probation to give you time to pay the fine? I am just trying to understand the situation and what is expected of you. Sometimes courts and probation officers will allow students to do community service in lieu of the fine. The key is to be upfront and honest with the court, and it sounds like you have a good reason as to your inability to pay. You could provide documents from your school such as a transcript showing your...

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  3. What should I say/plead in court when I stabbed a female after she attacked me first?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Noah Howard Pines
    2. Daniel Ray Partain
    3. John Arnold Steakley
    4. Robert Jason De Groot
    5. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    5 lawyer answers

    It sounds like these are potentially very serious charges, but you bring up some good points that could certainly be used in your defense. If you do not currently have an attorney, I would talk to your parents about hiring a juvenile defense attorney. Also, if your family is at a certain income level, you may qualify to have a public defender. Either way, you need to have an attorney advocating for you and conveying your side of the story and some of the potential defenses and mitigating...

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  4. My son, 17 is on juv probation. He was arrested on a city ordin viol. Is he automatically required to report this to his PO?

    Answered about 11 hours ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    He is legally required to notify his probation officer. However, this could create a situation where the juvenile probation informs the prosecuting attorney who could then file a motion to revoke his probation. I would need to know more details about his relationship with his probation officer, as well as the type of charge he was serving on juvenile probation. If there is a probation revocation hearing, the judge could extend the probation, impose additional conditions to the terms of his...

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  5. Can a 18 year old on juvenile probation move out of the parents home

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Daniel Ellis Rice
    2. Daniel Ray Partain
    3. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    3 lawyer answers

    A lot depends on the type of probation you are currently on. Some probation cases have very strict conditions which require the juvenile to remain in the parent's home. Others may be more flexible as long as you are abiding by all of the required conditions. The best course of action would be to speak to your probation officer and provide her with an address/location of where you wish to reside when you turn 18.

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  6. Can I get my son to have shot at justice and a clean record

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Noah Howard Pines
    2. John Arnold Steakley
    3. Charles Christopher Flinn
    4. Daniel Ray Partain
    5. Zachary Walter Procter
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I am sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience in court and understand that you just want the best for your son. Could you share the specific charges? Did he end up pleading guilty? As some of the other attorneys mentioned, he could attempt to withdraw his plea. If your son is in AP classes with no priors, I don't understand why pretrial diversion was not presented as an option--was that not discussed?

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  7. If you are already in jail for more than a month can you get out of jail after an arraignment?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. Patricia Gabrielle Abbott
    3. Allen Rust Knox
    4. Michael Adam Haber
    4 lawyer answers

    If his probation was not revoked, then he would be in a position to go ahead and bond out prior to his upcoming arraignment court date. Has a bond been set? He will not automatically be released from jail at arraignment, but he could potentially resolve his case at arraignment, or his attorney could request a low bond since he has been in jail for some time. Sometimes, however, the prosecutor will object to hearing a bond motion at an arraignment if they have not been given prior notice. I...

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  8. How do I get an error on a disposition corrected?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Ellis Rice
    2. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2 lawyer answers

    Hello! I would go ahead and print out the correct sentencing document that you located online and forward this to the Judge's clerk along with a letter asking that the sentence be corrected. You can contact your original attorney and request that they do this, as they may have notes in their file verifying that the online version is indeed the correct sentence. You also may consider ascertaining whether or not a transcript was created during your plea hearing--if so, you could submit the...

  9. I gave a statement of guilt in June, told me the grand jury will meet in October, how will I know if I am going to jail?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Francis Starr Springer
    2. Anders Ferrington
    3. Raymond George Wigell
    4. Jeffrey J. Padgett
    5. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    5 lawyer answers

    If the Grand Jury decides to indict you (this means they will go forward with formal charges against you for embezzlement), then there is a strong likelihood that you could be arrested and ultimately face jail time. However, since you have cooperated by giving a statement, this can certainly be used in your favor, and the fact that you have no record strengthens your credibility. Also, I would not rely on the Detective to notify you as to whether or not charges have been filed. If a grand jury...

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  10. Can I reschedule/come in on a earlier date to meet my PO for reasons of starting a new job on our previously scheduled date?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Jeffrey J. Padgett
    2. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2 lawyer answers

    Congrats on the new job and new beginning! Have you tried calling, emailing, or overnighting a letter (since this is time sensitive) to the PO explaining your situation? I know that they can be difficult to reach. I would recommend going in person if you cannot get them on the phone. Even if they tell you they will not see drop-ins, see if you can set up an appointment for later in the day or the next day, or at least leave them a note. Did you have an attorney helping you on this case? It...

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