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William Thomas Kemp III

William Kemp’s Legal Cases

18 total


  • Felony Dropped to Misdemeanor at Arraignment

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Apr 21, 2011
    Outcome:
    Dropped to Misdemeanor
    Description:
    My client was charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property in DeKalb County. My client faced up to 10 years in prison if he was convicted of a felony after jury trial. We were able to resolve his case on his arraignment date (that is, his first appearance in court after his case was formally accused) with a misdemeanor First Offender sentence. That means that he will have no conviction on his record if he successfully completes 12 months of probation and he can say that he was never convicted of a crime. Further, his probation will be non-reporting once he pays restitution and a fine.
  • Antique Property Returned

    Practice Area:
    Litigation
    Date:
    Mar 23, 2011
    Outcome:
    Antique Property Returned
    Description:
    A civil litigation client asked me to assist him in retrieving his antique secretary (combination book cabinet and desk) from a man who unlawfully stole it from him 10 years ago. The man kept moving between the states of Georgia and North Carolina. I was able to petition the DeKalb County Magistrate Court for a hearing date once we located him in the State of Georgia. The man returned the antique furniture to my client after the petition was filed and prior to the hearing.
  • DUI - Not Guilty After Jury Trial

    Practice Area:
    DUI & DWI
    Outcome:
    DUI - Not Guilty After Jury Trial
    Description:
    My client was charged in Fulton County with DUI, driving the wrong way on a divided highway, and other traffic offenses. The State Trooper in the case observed my client turn the wrong way on a divided highway after leaving an exotic dance club at 12:30 a.m. The State Trooper activated his dashboard camera and videotaped my client driving the wrong way on a divided highway. The State Trooper also videotaped my client attempting to complete the so-called Field Sobriety Tests. My client was recovering from stomach surgery and was unable to complete the so-called Field Sobriety Tests or complete a breath test at the police station. My client then submitted a urine sample, which the State Trooper kept in his locker for three (3) days. The prosecutor insisted on going forward with the case and the jury acquitted ("found my client not guilty") on all charges, including the DUI charge, except for driving the wrong way on a divided highway. My client was only required to pay a $600.00 fine.
  • Felony Dropped to Misdemeanor at Jury Trial

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Dropped to Misdemeanor
    Description:
    My client was an inmate in the State Prison System. He was charged with Felony Obstruction of an Officer for hitting a corrections officer. My client faced 5 years in prison if he was convicted of a felony at jury trial. I learned prior to jury trial that my client's mother had just passed away, that my client received a letter in prison that his mother passed away, and that the corrections officer made a disparaging remark about my client and his mother right after my client received the news of his mother's death. During juror selection, I spoke with the District Attorney about the so-called victim's role in my client's case. The District Attorney offered a guilty plea with 2 years probation for my client, which we refused. The District Attorney then offered my client a misdemeanor plea and 12 months probation, which we accepted.
  • Client Signed Her Own Bond

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Mar 14, 2011
    Outcome:
    Client Signed Her Own Bond
    Description:
    My client was charged with 3 felony drug offenses in DeKalb County. She was also facing a probation revocation hearing in Newton County. I was with my client when she turned herself in at the DeKalb County Jail and was able to get her before a Magistrate Judge that same afternoon. The Judge heard my arguments on behalf of my client and let her sign her own bond on her new DeKalb County charges. My client and her family saved money because they did not have to post bond for my client on her new DeKalb County charges.
  • Case Dismissed Prior to Probable Cause Hearing

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 08, 2011
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed Prior to Probable Cause Hearing
    Description:
    My client was charged with Burglary and Criminal Trespass. A probable cause hearing was scheduled on my client's charges, but I was able to speak with the case detective on many occasions prior to my client's hearing and the District Attorney decided to dismiss the charges against my client before the hearing.
  • Probation Sentence on Client's 5th Felony

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 09, 2011
    Outcome:
    Probation Sentence on Client's 5th Felony
    Description:
    My client was charged with his fifth felony (in 10 years) before one of the toughest judges in the state. My client was a changed person from when he was younger and I was able to argue that, and other good facts about my client, to the judge. The prosecutor was very gracious, but still wanted my client to do more Jail time on his charges ... and the judge wanted my client to go back into Jail and complete an in-Jail drug treatment program. In the end, the judge agreed with our position and sentenced my client to probation with certain conditions.
  • Case Dismissed at Trial Calendar

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jul 21, 2011
    Outcome:
    Case Dismissed at Trial Calendar
    Description:
    My client was charged with Striking a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk, a serious traffic offense which carried a maximum penalty of 12 months in Jail and a $1,000.00 fine. My client hired me prior to her arraignment, at which time we demanded a bench trial. The prosecutor was unable to bring her witnesses into court on the trial date, so the Judge granted my motion to dismiss.
  • Serious Driving Charge, and Fine, Reduced

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Outcome:
    Serious Driving Charge, and Fine, Reduced
    Description:
    My client was charged with Driving on a Suspended License. She was facing a fine, plus court costs, in excess of $1,000.00 and, more importantly, her license would be re-suspended if she entered a guilty or nolo plea or was found guilty after a trial. I was able to negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce the charge to Driving Without a License, which saved my client's license from bring re-suspended. I was also able to convince the Judge to greatly reduce my client's fine, saving her a good amount of money. Win-Win, all around!
  • Reckess Driving Citation Dismissed at Arraignment

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 18, 2012
    Outcome:
    Reckess Driving Citation Dismissed at Arraignment
    Description:
    My client was charged with Reckless Driving, a serious traffic offense, and Failure to Maintain Lane. He was told that he would have to pay more than a thousand dollars in fines and court costs, and couldn't get the prosecutor to discuss the case him before he retained me. I spoke with the prosecutor at my client's arraignment and convinced him to dismiss the Reckless Driving charge and allow my client to enter a "no contest" plea to Failure to Maintain Lane (which meant no points on my client's driver's license). My client's total fine was only $148.00, instead of the thousands he faced before retaining me!