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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 about 1 year 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 can I do about my speeding ticket?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. Jennifer J Wirsching
    3 lawyer answers

    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...

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  3. What will happen to me for shoplifting $7 at Publix at the age of 17?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Caryn S. Fennell
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    It is possible that if they took down your information, they could forward your information to the local police department and you could be issued a citation or given a court date for shoplifting. However, since the police department was not immediately called and you were given a note banning you from the store, then it appears that they may not pursue the case any further. In Georgia, you are considered an adult at age 17, so if the case were to move forward, you would not be in juvenile...

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  4. 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 about 1 year 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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  5. I was convicted of a thieft by deception charge in 2005. I was put on probation and completed it. It was a felony charge.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. Elmer H. Young III
    3. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    4. Michael R. Pandullo
    4 lawyer answers

    Unless you were give "first offender" treatment when you were initially convicted, and this was not taken away when you violated your probation, you would be considered a felon. If this is the case, then you would not be able to legally purchase a handgun. However, there is a process in which you can seek to have your rights restored, which if granted, will enable you to legally own/purchase a weapon. One consideration in the process is the type of conviction you have, and I assume your theft...

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  6. 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

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. John Arnold Steakley
    3. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    4. Noah Howard Pines
    4 lawyer answers

    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...

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  7. I made a police report on my bf, i dont want him to go to jail. What can I do to help and stop this?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Benjamin David Goldberg
    2. Andrew Robert Fiddes
    3. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately at this point, he will have to be arrested and given a court date. The case is in the state's hands at this time. However, since you are considered the victim in the case, your input is valuable. I would schedule a time to speak to the prosecutor on the case and let them know your wishes. Perhaps they would be willing to dismiss the case once he completes family violence or anger management classes. Good luck to you!

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

    Answered 10 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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  9. Does a possession of marijuana less than a joint go to NCIC if it was juvenile ,

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    2. Daniel Tomas Robles
    3. Cynthia Russell Henley
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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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  10. Can a person pled or utilize the first offender act on a felony charge? Only minor traffic violations.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Benjamin David Goldberg
    2. Kathryn Jones Boortz
    3. Zachary Walter Procter
    4. John Matthew Leace
    4 lawyer answers

    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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