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  • Received handicap parking notice that reads "charged with a violation of the city code of Roswell, GA...). What is this?

    I asked for detailed information about the code at court services when I set my court date and the police station after being directed there. Was told that it was Roswell's municipal citation but no other detail provided. I am unable to find the s...

    Joshua’s Answer

    Roswell's code is on their website.

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  • How do i go about marrying an inmate in county jail (Georgia) what's the process?

    Fayette county jail

    Joshua’s Answer

    It is surprisingly simple if the sheriff will allow it. All up to the when/where/who.

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  • I got a ticket for an illegal u turn in Fulton county. How do I plea?

    While making the u turn that is commonly made because of the location it resulted in an accident. There was very little damage on both vehicles. I am 20. In college full time and have previously had 2 accidents in Fl. I've heard about something ca...

    Joshua’s Answer

    James is right. You want to pay for a lawyer because handling this the wrong way will really mess with you. Lawyers are generally pretty affordable for one off appearances, as this should be. Especially when you consider how much taxis cost.

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  • My boyfriend is charged in ohio for domestic violence and it's a felony. Only one domestic with me and one in elsewhere .

    I want him too get help for alcoholism . There were no marks on me .

    Joshua’s Answer

    I agree with above. You need to either work with the victims/witness unit (and don't be a wallflower) or hire yourself a lawyer. You may also want to reach out to his lawyer, if he has one. Just be aware of any possible bond/contact conditions and mind them. There may also be several local resources available to you. Most communities have support organizations for family of addicts.

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  • I was arrested for criminal mischief in a domestic-argument between my mother and I . States wants me in a drug program?!

    My mother called the police on me during an argument. I allegedly broke a window and punched 3 holes in the wall. Before the police arrived I had already left the house. The police found me over 1 mile away from my house and arrested me. The polic...

    Joshua’s Answer

    I agree with the above answer. Your actions now can quite possibly impact you seriously in the future. Many times these "first offender" style programs are given as "an easy out" because they promise so much. The issue is when the person catches (rightfully or wrongfully) a more serious charge in the future, their "get out of jail free" card is already burned on a charge they never should have pled on in the first place.

    Talk to a solid LOCAL lawyer. Don't go for the marketing. Winning lawyers don't have to pay for many ads.

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  • I was arrested in Manatee County for domestic violence, however not charged. Should I have the record expunged?

    I would like to keep it from showing up on background checks. Is this the appropriate way?

    Joshua’s Answer

    I would certainly pursue any and all remedies, even if it requires serious efforts. The mere ARREST for domestic violence (no conviction) will affect your employability. Even if it is dismissed the next day, it still will show up on several forms of background searches and impact your life.

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  • Mother's boyfriend assaulted/threatened me.

    Last night my mother's long-time boyfriend, a former special forces in the army, threatened me saying "i'll get him when he's asleep" before assaulting me. The police took our statements and took him away/arraigned him. This man is manipulative, a...

    Joshua’s Answer

    It is going to depend on the opinion of the local prosecutors office. They will review the reports and make a charging decision, and that will determine what types of punishments he is facing.

    Regardless, you should use the local resources that exist for people in your situation. There are abuse victims groups in most cities and towns, and no one should live in fear. Your local religious organizations, United Way, and even the Local Prosecutor's office will have a variety of resources that are out there for you to use.

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  • Can I be subpoenaed to testify for my ex-husband in his domestic assault charges against his girlfriend?

    My ex-husband was arrested recently on 3 felony domestic assault charges against his current girlfriend - one of them being alleged strangulation. The girlfriend isn't pressing charges, and will appear with him in court in his defense. But her par...

    Joshua’s Answer

    The Subpoena is pretty likely if they want you to appear, and they are valid court orders. Violating them comes with a punishment.

    That being said, you have rights and you want toe explore them with a lawyer if you are fearful of revealing any sensitive information. I do not suppose to know the content of their questionings, but they could ask you to admit to crimes or other undesirable facts and those are public statements. Also, you may want to explore Marital Privilege and see if it applies in your case/state. He is an ex, but you were married.

    Get a LOCAL lawyer as I can see the treatment of your testimony being VERY judge specific.

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  • Impact of domestic violence charges (2nd degree assault) on conditional green card in Maryland?

    Hello - I'm in the process of fighting false DV charges and obtaining a divorce from my US citizen spouse from whom I obtained my green card. Currently I'm on conditional GC valid till mid-2015. I have been in US for over 10 years (first F1, then ...

    Joshua’s Answer

    You need to make sure you retain an expert in both Criminal Law AND Immigration law as you deal with this situation. I have worked on 'fixing' several of these situations gone bad here in Georgia, and it is better to get expert advice now than have to tweak things later.

    As a general rule, though, any criminal conviction for a crime of Domestic Violence is viewed as a red line violation for immigration purposes and will stop your process.

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  • Punishment for filing a false terroristic threats and acts report in Jackson county GA

    my husband and i were having problems and i had a friend call my cell and leave a threatening message i then filed a police report stating that the message was from my husband. they issued a warrant for him and he got arrested. since we have child...

    Joshua’s Answer

    I agree with above. The facts of the case and how they decide to charge are everything in this case. Along with what you have/or have not done in the interim. I advise you retain an attorney now, before charging decisions have been made or irreversible actions taken, and maybe that local practitioner can facilitate a relatively less onerous process for you to address the situation.

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