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Anthony O. Van Johnson

Anthony Van Johnson’s Answers

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  • Are there any ways to get marijuana poss. less than 1 oz dismissed or dropped?

    Hello, I am a 19 year old college student. I recently was pulled over for my seatbelt and they found 1 blunt in the car. I got the possession charge. What can I do to avoid losing my license? I need it for school and I am also looking to move out ...

    Anthony’s Answer

    You need to retain the services of an attorney right away. Punishment for individuals under 21 is severe. An attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction in your charge(s) which could help you avoid a loss of license, possible jail time, etc. You should retain an attorney right away so that the attorney can investigate your case and also prepare any defenses.

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  • How can i help my husband in case get a sentence reduction if he got 5 years but is only serving 18 months.

    He is there for theft by deception. Is true that if i write the judge explaing that i have a mental condition and my husband was helping me with my medication, doctor's appointments, and with the family and he made a mistake because the SSA denied...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Unfortunately, writing a letter to the judge to inform the judge of your personal hardships will not likely bring about the relief you are seeking. There are many cases in which family members suffer hardships once the provider is incarcerated for a criminal offense. You should consider retaining the services of an attorney. An attorney can investigate your husband's case and can petition the court for a modification or reconsideration of the sentence.

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  • Does my mom need a legal attorney

    im not sure of what happen i just know she called me from work crying saying she think she going to jail. j checked online and she did her charges say theif (shoplifting) she hasnt seen a judge yet and she doesnt have a bond yet.

    Anthony’s Answer

    Absolutely, your mother should hire an attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can assist her in obtaining a bond, if a bond has not been set. More importantly, depending on her record, an attorney may be able to resolve the case without a conviction, and possibly with an expungement of her record.

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  • How long does a defendant have to file a motion to dismiss a default judgment?

    I won a default judgment in Georgia in a civil case when the defendant didn't show up for court. How long do they have to file a motion to dismiss the judgment? In other words, when is it too late to file one, 30 days, 60 days, 180 days?

    Anthony’s Answer

    If you were awarded a default judgment, the Defendant has thirty (30) days to file an Appeal. An appeal is requested by the filing of a "Notice of Appeal" within thirty (30) days of the entry of the judgment.

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  • Arrest record disposition

    I was arrested for DUI. It was pleaded down to Reckless driving, I was also cited/convicted of Driving in HOV lane on the same event. Will my arrest record show both convictions or show only DUI pleaded to Reckless driving or will include HOV viol...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Your criminal history will likely show an arrest for DUI and HOV lane violation. As far as the disposition, your record should show "reckless driving" as the disposition on your DUI charge. If you entered a guilty or nolo plea to the charge of HOV lane violation, that disposition should also be indicated. If you have a copy of your sentence, it should indicate what the final disposition was on your case.

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  • My daughter failed to report for probation (misdemeanor) and is now in custody. what are her chances of being released?

    This was her 2nd time to fail probation on the same charge, but this time her car broke down and she was towed. She has all her receipts. The appt. missed was for random drug testing they do in that county. Then she was afraid to report to her ...

    Anthony’s Answer

    Your daughter needs to immediately retain the services of an attorney to represent her at her probation revocation hearing, especially with this being her second violation. Missing the random drug screen is bad enough in and of itself, but then failing to report could result in her having to spend a portion (if not the balance) of her remaining probation in custody. She needs an attorney to attempt to minimize the punishment she is facing.

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  • My boyfriend and I are codefendant s on a felony drug charge in ga. We

    Seperately have been doing great on our probation. Never violated passed all drug tests com munity service etc. we recently have been seeing each other wwwbecause we are in love we work hard at our jobs we just want to been together we are good...

    Anthony’s Answer

    It appears from the limited information you provided that you and your boyfriend were prohibited from having contact with each other, since you are co-defendants in your case. If that is the case, then when you appear before the judge for your probation revocation hearing, you will be given the option of (1) disputing the allegations that you violated probation, (2) admitting that you violated probation and requesting a hearing solely on the punishment for the violation, or (3) simply admitting you violated the terms and conditions of your probation and accepting the recommended punishment for the violation. You should retain the services of an attorney right away. When you are placed on probation, a violation of probation could result in you serving a portion to the entire remaining balance of your time in custody. The judge is not likely to be swayed by the fact that you and your boyfriend may be in love. You should also retain the services of an attorney who may be able to have your sentence and conditions of probation modified to allow contact between you and your boyfriend.

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  • I recieved a civil demand letter from wal-mart for $150 should I pay it?

    I stold under $30 dollars. I went to court yesterday and pled under the !st Offenders, in the state of Georgia this will be off my record in a year. I have a letter from a lawfirm representing Wal-Mart asking me to pay $150. Should I pay this? And...

    Anthony’s Answer

    First of all, by pleading guilty under the First Offender Act, the offense is not removed from your record. A First Offender disposition is not the same thing as an expungement. The $150.00 fee that Wal-Mart is asking you to pay is their way of reaching a civil settlement without the necessity of pursuing further civil action. Accordingly, if you don't pay the $150.00 fee, Wal-Mart, at its option, could bring a civil action against you.

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  • My boyfriend has 4 charges on him and this is his first time getting arrested, what should he do?

    His charges are; bugulary, criminal attempt,obstruction of an officer, theft by receiving stolen property. What do he need to do and he is only 19.

    Anthony’s Answer

    The first thing your boyfriend should do is retain the services of an experienced attorney. He is only 19. A felony conviction on his record at such a young age could seriously wreck his future career opportunities, in addition to affecting his higher educational goals. An experienced attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution that results in a dismissal or no conviction of some or all of the charges. Accordingly, your boyfriend should not drag his feet on this issue. He should speak to an attorney immediately.

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  • What happens when the plantiff doesnt show for 2 court dates. 3rd one is in 2 weeks and its an actual trial.

    the defendent was charged with theft, kidnapping, armed robbery, etc, but the cops did not catch him, he was told that the cops assumed it was him and he just turned himself in because he knows he did not do it. They even have the wrong informatio...

    Anthony’s Answer

    When you are referring to "Plaintiff", I will assume that you actually mean the "Victim." The victim is not required to appear in court until the date of trial, unless he/she is required to appear by subpoena. I will also assume that, considering the very serious charges the Defendant is facing, the Defendant has legal representation. Most likely, the first court appearance was the arraignment, followed by a "calendar call". The State has to subpoena the victim or witnesses to appear at the trial of the case. If the victim or witnesses do not appear at the trial of the case, the Attorney for the Defendant may make a motion to dismiss. However, if the State believes that it has enough evidence to proceed without one or more witnesses, then the State may not subpoena all of its witnesses to appear at trial.

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