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Lisa Michelle Harris

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  • I got a ticket for reckless driving and have to appear in court, I am nervous as to why or even what to say or plea.

    In the notes it says "Observed vehicle traveling north passing in turning lane and tailgate several vehicles"

    Lisa’s Answer

    It is totally understandable that you are nervous about going to court. Lawyers are there to help take some of the stress off of you and assist with the court process. If you don't have time to hire an attorney prior to your first court appearance, ask the judge for a continuance to give you time to hire one. The judge may decline your request, at which time you will be asked to enter a plea. If you enter a not guilty plea, you will be given a new court date which will give you time to seek counsel anyhow.

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  • How many domestic violence cases are there in Fulton county this year in 2014?

    If your scheduled to go to trial, How many of them actually get dropped?

    Lisa’s Answer

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    Fewer domestic abuse cases get dropped now than did previously, in my opinion. At one point in time, if a wife refused to testify, that ended the case. Once the criminal law reformed went into place this year, a spouse no longer has the right to refuse to testify against her husband. That said, whether a case is prosecuted depends on much more than how many cases are being handled by a given county. The more important factors include: severity of the alleged crime, prior history, eligibility for a diversion program, availability of witnesses, and any evidence there may be against you. I highly suggest consulting with a local attorney for an assessment of your case.

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  • I don't know what I need to do. I need help with a bad situation

    I have a family member living with me he has been buying methadone pills from his oldest child's mother, I have videos of how he's been I've tried talking to him about this and he doesn't want to listen. I don't know what to do. He is driving his ...

    Lisa’s Answer

    While I understand your concern about anonymity, your greater concern for the children involved is apparent in your question. You have already taken the first hard step. Although it may be difficult, you do need to get the authorities involved. Not only are the children in harm's way, but since this person lives with you, it could be possible for you to be charged with possession of a controlled substance if a search warrant is executed in your home and drugs are found. I highly suggest you contact the police and work with them to safeguard the children and yourself.

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  • If my child has been detained and the judge wants a psychological evaluation done. Do we have to agree?

    Should I be scheduling a second evaluation through a private party?

    Lisa’s Answer

    You do not have to agree in order for the court to order a psychological evaluation. I would not rush into scheduling a second evaluation unless there is a problem with the one done by the court. Evaluations are expensive and time consuming for both a private and a court-ordered evaluation. The court does not order an evaluation unless there is a significant concern. If your child is in custody, your child is already dealing with issues which have brought them to the legal system and those issues may well be associated with a mental health concern. The best chance of being a successful adult with a mental health issue is early identification and intervention. The evaluation may be a blessing in disguise so be open to the potential conclusions so you can be empowered to help your child.

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  • Im 18 and shes 15. We want to date. No sex. Can we date legally. (kissing, holding hands) She lives in connecticut. Please.

    shes in connecticut, im in new york. Can we date. Nothing about sex as thats out of this whole thing. I want to date her. Just date.

    Lisa’s Answer

    I've linked a helpful avvo guide below which goes into detail about what behavior is acceptable for dating teens in New York. In Connecticut there are similar laws in place. Since sex is off the table (as it should be) your greater concern should be to make certain your behavior is respectful and cautious. It is commonplace for teens to send each other explicit photos via text or email, or to take explicit photos of their boyfriend or girlfriend. Because you are considered an adult, any behavior by either of you which involves the other and explicit photographs, can be criminally prosecuted as a felony child pornography charge. In most states, even if teen dating is not illegal, parents have the right to exercise authority over their teens. Being open, honest, and respectful with each other's families can go a long way towards parents being on board as opposed to standing in the way.

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  • Can I get records from from dyfs and children and youth of cases against my wife? Or would a lawyer have to get?

    Wife soon to be ex has had multiple allegations made on her with some failed drug test. She always refused to take a mental test. Would this help in a custody case? Also has multiple warrants out for her in two states

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    For the answer to accessibility of the Dfcs file, see the ink below. Anything you are able to get through your attorney could certainly be helpful in a custody matter. You could also ask the judge in your custody case to order a mental health evaluation.

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  • I had a inadequate supervison case that was closed less than 9 months now a diff case foa the same thing can they do that

    if it wassant the same person that called this time it was her sis they are just making IT hard on me

    Lisa’s Answer

    It is not unheard of for there to be multiple reports made to DFCS with substantially similar allegations. I recently had a client who was dealing with three allegations to DFCS made within a 5 month period for the same things. After DFCS concluded the first case, they were still required to do a home visit and investigate the second set of allegations. Even though the complaints were made by different people, DFCS recognized that it appeared to be a pattern of harassment or at least abuse of the system by the complainant, and the caseworker placed enough information in the computer system to prevent similar future allegations for the same thing to go forward. Unfortunately for parents, DFCS has now moved to a statewide intake system where all allegation calls are routed through one center and then distributed to the applicable counties. It makes it harder for DFCS to screen out duplicate allegations on the front end. I would be happy to discuss your case with you if you'd like further insight.

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  • Is it true that only conviction counts regards to Adam Walsh Act when filing for green card

    I was arrested and charged with a specified offense against a minor, but the charge got reduced and i was convicted of an offense that does not belong to any of the categories. My question is, would the arrest record affect my eligibility of filin...

    Lisa’s Answer

    This question is better answered by an immigration lawyer. I have reclassified it so that you are more likely to get an immigration-focused response.

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  • Did 10 years in federal prison got out on 5 year papers. violated 2 times was sentence to 18months state time. But still had 2mo

    2months left on fed provbation. What will happen.

    Lisa’s Answer

    I suggest you get in contact with your attorney from the original case for an answer.

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  • Can my felony conviction be expunged or pardon? Or can I hiring a lawyer to re- open the case to have it dropped to a misdeameno

    I pled guilty to felony possession of cocaine in 2009, I was charged in 2007. It was residue in a bag. In my heart I thought it was the right thing to do, under the painful circumstances I was in. It has now been a little over 5 years and have com...

    Lisa’s Answer

    In North Carolina a convicted felon can apply for a pardon. I've included a link to the Office of Executive Clemency. While you can certainly file the application yourself, a seasoned criminal defense attorney with experience filing such petitions will spend quite a bit of time putting a package together to accompany the request for clemency which can make a huge difference in how the application is reviewed. You should know that in some states, a request for clemency is not generally considered until a more substantial amount of time has past. Best of luck to you.

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