Both of those are correct. More information is needed. If this was recent, and he did not receive the benefit of a strong defense, you can also try and see if withdrawing a plea is a possibility. I would want to know a lot about why he was punished so severely. If this was a "first offense" kind of thing and there were no real injuries, the sentence seems pretty steep. This was in Superior Court, I am going to assume?
There is a lot going on here and the above answers provide some excellent guidance. Several questions involving the facts need to be answered before you ca get a more accurate evaluation of the case, but issues including his criminal record (if any), the location of the gun and the specific allegations could provide strong defenses or problems in his near future. He needs to invest in a strong local practitioner who works extensively in the area of Domestic Violence and has a deep knowledge...
It sounds like you waited a bit long to start on this issue. In the future just remember earlier is better.
In short, you can take whatever "plea" is available to you at the time of trial, but also remember that the State may have been having a problem getting the necessary "witnesses" to effectively prosecute you, so the State may have a hard time actually convicting you. I would go get an attorney, and fast. Hopefully that will buy you the time and/or analysis you need to prevent ending...
That is an excellent question, and it is going to be up to the Court, after a hearing is convened, to determine whether the TPO was violated. If you want to move forward with a violation hearing you should contact the Superior Court where you received the TPO and inform them of the issue. You also may ant to communicate with the local District Attorney as they would be in charge of prosecuting the offender. The charge would likely be Aggravated Stalking.
While I agree with the above answers, you need to go find a LOCAL lawyer, down in Jessup or Waycross, to assist you. There are numerous ways your lawyer will be able to fight the validity of your "statement" and protect the people you want to assist. Medication is just the beginning of that fight, however, and this IS NOT something you can do by yourself. These are very serious charges and could impact your family for decades to come, so this is the time to invest in your own well being. I...
You really need some hep, and professional guidance. There are several disability advocacy groups you can ask for assistance, and the court may even have a "victims advocacy" section that would be willing to look at your issues. Also, your son NEEDS A LAWYER and his lawyer may be able to address your situation as it obviously involves his marriage case.
James is spot on with his advice above. My partner Tom Kemp is also a former DeKalb ADA and I know how good that office typically is.
Reach out to Victim Witness for answers, and do not be afraid to press your rights. Good Luck!
What you need is a "pardon" and not an expungement, since you cannot "expunge" convictions." Same goal, different process.
That being said, there are other extraordinary remedies available to you besides a pardon, but they are speculative in nature and can be quite onerous to pursue. We have been successful in the past in "changing" convictions to a different charge, but it is a very, very difficult process.
I am from Cobb and clerked for Judge Grubbs at the start of my career, so I am confident that the above counselors are correct in their assessments. 2 violations means there is a habit of "not following the rules" and Judge Grubbs typically will not consider extra-lenient treatment for someone who has had such a tough time with probation. She makes a point of being very clear at the time of sentencing that she expects people to follow the rules of probation, and I guarantee she remembers your...