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  • The Federal Public Defenders Office says motion for drugs minus 2 has been filed for my son.

    The motion for early release under drugs minus 2 has been filed; however it's not showing up on PACER. Can I check with courts on status?

    Steven’s Answer

    You should wait a few more days and try again. The attorney may not have filed the paperwork yet.

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  • My son is in prison for mariguana and gun possession charge (sentenced 25 mos for each after 5k).

    Is he eligible for new drug minus 2 early release request? His lawyer is unresponsive and so is legal defender. What should he do?

    Steven’s Answer

    He may be eligible for a sentence reduction. There are several steps involved in making that determination.

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  • How can I get some answers about why the US Marshal is holding my daughter ? The hold was put on her Oct 6th.

    My daughter in jail for probation violation in June, on Oct. 6th she was suppose to get out but US Marshal put a hold on her and she does not know why. I have called the Jail, State's Attorney, and the US Marshal's office and they will not say why...

    Steven’s Answer

    You need an attorney to investigate other jurisdictions which may have pending charges on her.

    Steven Berne, Esq.
    (404) 881-5335
    bernelaw.com

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  • Any idea of the outcome of what will happen to me?

    When I was 19 i got my first DUI in Forsyth, I was a freeman until I was arrested in ATL for possession of a registered firearm in conjunction, with a peice of felony substance they found, A month later I was charged with DUI when I was taking my ...

    Steven’s Answer

    You can certainly choose jail over dui court. However, you should hire one attorney to handle all your cases. Your lawyer may be able to get the time reduced.

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  • Possession of marijuana <1 oz. at a federal park. Ticketed by a park ranger. The case is in US District Court.

    I was at a national park and made the mistake of smoking in my car. I also made the mistake of forgetting to pay the parking fee. A park ranger snuck up behind me to ask why, and smelled the smoke. He asked if I had anything in my car. I said no, ...

    Steven’s Answer

    You should hire a lawyer who has experience in the federal court where you are appearing. The attorney should be able to work things out with the case seriously impacting your career.

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  • In the Cartersville GA pill mill case will Tara Atkins the office manager go to prison

    Sentencing For Tara D Atkins is she going to be sentenced to prison

    Steven’s Answer

    That depends on the value of her testimony against Jason and his co-defendant.

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  • Illegally using DEA number to obtain prescriptions.

    This is an addendum to my original question posted earlier this week. Detectives/officers went to my nephews place of employment to question him, when he ask them to leave, they stated " We can do this here or at the precent/office, so he went wi...

    Steven’s Answer

    I agree with everything that has been written. The only thing I would add is that you should never tell the law enforcement officer anything untrue. You can confirm your identity and politely tell the officer that you exercise your fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

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  • Federal case , conspiracy they say, my son has a spinal cord injury and also has a paid attorney, I should seek other counsel,

    my son was indicted on Jan 15 2013 on drug charges , that he thought was clear in state court ,the guy he was with claim all resposiblity for charges my son was a passenger, I'm not sure if he was on the scene when drugs was purchased this guy has...

    Steven’s Answer

    You need to schedule a meeting with your son's attorney and let him know your concerns. There may just be a communication problem. If your issue with the attorney is not resolved, your son has the option of substituting new counsel.

    Steven Berne, Esq.
    (404) 881-5335
    bernelaw.com

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  • Are there other options besides jail time for serving a federal indictment? I.e probation, home imprisonment, etc...

    For an indictment of 2 charges at 5 years each, is it possible to serve some of that time outside of prison?

    Steven’s Answer

    The short answer is yes. However, there are many factors which are considered in determining a sentence. You should talk to your attorney.

    Steven Berne
    404-881-5335
    Bernelaw.com

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  • If a drug conspiracy was terminated can they put a state charge inside a termination is that infamous crime or would that be

    Plead double jeopardy how would a lawyer handle that if the only element they have is state charge against him .

    Steven’s Answer

    Some alleged crimes can be charged in both federal and state courts. An attorney needs to research the specific offenses and determine whether the state can charge the offense that was dismissed.

    Steven Berne, Esq.
    (404) 881-5335
    bernelaw.com

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