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Teri L. Thompson

Teri Thompson’s Answers

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  • What are the steps of the criminal justice system from the suspect's point of view?

    I have read a bunch of confusing explanations of the criminal justice system that talk about pre-trial hearings, bond hearings, arraignments, etc. I have seen complicated, but colorful, diagrams that serve more to obfuscate the process than to exp...

    Teri’s Answer

    You ask very good questions, and we all must admit that the criminal justice system is far from perfect and can be a very intimidating place to be. I've been practicing for 20 years now in criminal law exclusively, and from the "suspect's" point of view I agree with your concerns. That is the very reason why you must sit down with an attorney to guide you through the process. Nothing should be too difficult for a competent criminal defense attorney.

    To answer your question directly, with only the information you provided, if you are arrested on felony charge, expect to see a judge within 48 hours. As long as it is a bondable felony offense you can post bond, although in many cases, you may not have a preliminary hearing once you have posted bond. Feel free to call me to further discuss your case further, or at a minimum, contact an attorney that you are comfortable with as soon as you can.

    Teri Thompson, Attorney
    1745 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
    Atlanta, GA 30314
    Office: 404-576-8262
    Email: teri@terithompsonllc.com

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  • My dad was sentenced to life with parole. He has served 10years and will come up for parole in 4 years. Will he be released?

    My dad is 68 years old and has been the model inmate. I'm hoping his age and manners will help him be released. What are the chances?

    Teri’s Answer

    Given your father's age, prison conduct and changes in Georgia's laws there are creative ways to approach his case. Based on your question, it appears that his conviction was prior to 2006. You need to sit down with competent counsel who can adequately review your father's case to see what options are truly available to him.

    Teri Thompson, Attorney
    1745 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314
    (404) 576-8262

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  • Stole relatives credit card and charged $2,500 and paid it off before billing date. Will i be charged and go to jail?

    I paid the balance using my checking account before the balance was due. I did not remove the credit card info from my payment info and the card was charged the next month. I went to pay that off but there was no balance. All payments have now ...

    Teri’s Answer

    Making full restitution to your relative as soon as you can will help your case greatly. You cannot control whether your relative will press charges; likewise, you cannot control whether the State will pursue the case. Even if you are still arrested and charged, all is not lost. A good, competent attorney can present your case well and show your efforts to make restitution to mitigate the case.
    Teri Thompson, Attorney
    404-576-8262 office
    1745 Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314

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  • Do I need a lawyer for false prison

    I was in prison for a year and half I got out on 1/22/2013 I was order to go to half way house but my bus was late get there because it had problems I had to be reroute back to another bus station I call let them no what had happen they said ok wh...

    Teri’s Answer

    If you were released from prison and you were revoked or returned to prison due to allegations of misconduct, there are ways to resolve this issue. Having documentation showing where you were supposed to be may not be enough to get you released. Therefore, I strongly encourage you or your family to contact a lawyer to help sort this out as it will likely take more than just turning over documentation. A competent lawyer will know how to navigate through this confusion and help get positive results.

    Teri Thompson, Attorney
    Law Office of Teri Thompson, LLC
    1745 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314
    Office: 404-576-8262

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