In order to answer this question in more detail, I would need more information. However, DO NOT PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION IN THIS FORUM. There is no privacy. The answer depends on whether or not at the time of the offense, the Defendant did not have the mental capacity to distinguish between right and wrong or suffered from a delusional compulsion which overmastered his will; and whether, at the time of the offense, the Defendant was criminally responsible regarding the alleged offense....
As Attorney Gross pointed out, you should speak to an attorney asap. If you decide that you want to go to trial, you should certainly have an attorney represent you because not only will they be familiar with the law, the judge and the prosecutor, they are trained to know the evidence code. To that end, if you can't hire an attorney, you should request a court appointed attorney. Do not represent yourself as you will not get a "break" for not being a trained attorney. Good luck.
The 2 previous attorneys have said it all. I write only to advise that you should have a long, in-depth conversation with your lawyer about the risks of both trial and a guilty plea. If you trust your lawyer, you should follow their advice.
You should contact the Public Defender in Bainbridge, Georgia as soon as possible. I believe the number is (229) 246-2877. There are financial qualifications that need to be met before an attorney is appointed to you. As a matter of course, they are going to assign you each to your own attorney, assuming you qualify. There is a $50 application fee that may or may not be waived. In any event, call the number above as soon as possible to get representation in place. Good luck.
I believe that the entire office should be recused. There is an excellent argument that a Chinese Wall would be insufficient in this case because he is the elected official and head of the office. If the DA does recuse the entire office, a special prosecutor will be brought in from another county. I assume you would like the DA off the case based on your question but, if I am wrong and you want the DA office to handle the case, then no motion needs to be made. Hope this helps.
There is no good answer to this question based on the information given. This area of law is very complex and you need to find an experienced attorney with the time and patience to review the case. I would begin researching attorneys in your area with the skill level required to take-on this task and hire them asap. These types of cases are time consuming and need to be thoroughly reviewed. Good luck!
Cruelty to Children in the First Degree is a felony and carries a potential sentence of up to 20 years in jail or on probation. Clearly, this is a serious charge. First, I would not speak to anyone about your case but your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, you should get one ASAP. If you can't afford one, request a public defender. Based on the information you gave, it appears the prosecution believes that you caused the child cruel or excessive physical pain based on the bruising....
Answer depends on the prosecutor and how adamant the alleged victim is to prosecute. Most cases are reduced when there is a problem with the case ie evidentiary issues, witness problems etc. if the case against your friend is strong, a reduction is unlikely. Aggravated stalking requires a pattern of violations which the DA may or may not be able to prove. If your friend has a good defense, the better his chances of a reduction.
I will advise you as I advise everyone I know: get an attorney. I know that's easy to say but it is truly important because an attorney can help you throught this process. Most arrests for pandering are misdemeanors - of a high and aggravated nature- but in some cases it can be a felony. Based on the information you gave I don't know which one it is. Obviously different penalties come with the level of offense. In any event, there may be a chance you can get into a diversion program (it is...
You can certainly try to speak to the Solicitor, but keep in mind, THIS IS THE PERSON PROSECUTING YOU. There is a chance they will work with you on the speed which could result in less of a fine. While you may not be able to speak with the solicitor before court, you will have the opportunity to talk to them in court. But be mindful about who the person is. Good luck!