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Ingrid D. Skidmore

Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Must the officer sign a speeding ticket for it to hold up in court?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    2. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    3. David Edward Boyle
    3 lawyer answers

    In Georgia, speeding is a misdemeanor offense which can be prosecuted by the Solicitor's Office or District Attorney's office. Either office can prosecute the case with its own charging document called an Accusation. If they choose to accuse it, the officer's signature on the citation is not required because the new charging document is being used. However, many speeding tickets are handled at municipal or probate court with the only charging document being the ticket that was issued. In that...

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  2. Whats the difference between "indictment filed" and "accusation filed" in a docket entry?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    2. Edward Jacob Sternisha
    3. David Edward Boyle
    3 lawyer answers

    In Georgia, specific felonies must be presented to a grand jury for indictment. The grand jury is comprised of members of the community who determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the prosecutor's office to proceed with a case. Other felonies and all misdemeanors can be accused by the prosecutor's office without going before a grand jury. An indictment and an accusation are the formal charging documents which list the crimes and descriptions of those crimes that are alleged to have...

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  3. How serious is Residential Burglary in georgia?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    2. Michael Jason Rhoades
    3 lawyer answers

    Your cousin is facing some potentially serious consequences. Residential burglary is an offense for which prosecutors typically recommend some period of jail time, many times even when it is a person's first offense. Given the fact that your cousin is already on probation and was in possession of a gun at the time of the alleged burglary, he is most likely looking at going back to jail. How much jail time depends on the facts of the burglary, the county it occurred in, the judge and prosecutor...

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  4. Can anything be done about long sentence 15yrs for possesion of 1gram of cocaine?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    2. John Leif Fossum
    2 lawyer answers

    Since he pled to the charge using the First Offender Act, the judge had the right to revoke his first offender sentence and resentence him to the maximum allowed under the law which is 15 years for possession of a gram of cocaine after violating the conditions of his probation. If he was resentenced to probation, he may petition the court to terminate the probation after some period of time has elapsed. Until then, its very important that he not violate his probation again or he will surely...

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  5. How long does it take for the DA to set a court date?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    2. A James Rockefeller
    3. David Edward Boyle
    3 lawyer answers

    Being charged with the sale of drugs is a serious offense. Even if it is his first offense, he is possibly facing some jail time. A hand to hand transaction witnessed by a police officer is generally enough evidence for the DA to go forward with the case. The fact that he had a large amount of money on him doesn't prove it came from the "sale" but without an explanation of where it came from, the DA will use it as circumstantial evidence. In addition, if the alleged sale of marijuana took place...

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  6. What is the typical time frame for the federal government to pick up a state case?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. A James Rockefeller
    2. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    3 lawyer answers

    There is no set time frame. I have seen the US Attorney's Office initiate prosecution before and after a case was indicted by the District Attorney's Office. Usually if the defendant has been indicted federally, the DA's Office will dismiss their case either by not indicting it or asking the Court for a Nolle Prosequi which effectively dismisses the case. Hope this helps. Ingrid Skidmore 303 Perimeter Center North Suite 300 Atlanta, GA. 30346 678-690-8619 ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com...

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  7. My son was transferred to a county camp from regular prison, i wonder why. how is a county camp different

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    1 lawyer answer

    The Department of Corrections has control over where prisoners are housed. It may be that the prison he was at needed additional space and that's why he was moved. It may also be that he needed a different level of supervision. Typically, prisoners get moved around during their sentence and he may be transferred again. Talk with him to see whether its better or worse than where he was. Hopefully, the move was better for him. Ingrid Skidmore 303 Perimeter Center North Suite 300 Atlanta,...

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  8. My husband was arrested in georgia on a warrant for failure to report change of address in missouri

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    1 lawyer answer

    It seems unlikely that Missouri would extradite simply for a failure to report a change of address. Typically, states and jurisdictions will not spend the money to extradite unless the fugitive is charged with a serious offense. However, there are procedures that must be followed prior to the extradition occurring. This process can take 30 days or more. Hope this helps. Ingrid Skidmore Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C. 303 Perimeter Center North Suite 300 Atlanta, GA. 30346 678-690-8619 www....

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  9. What if a person has 3 possession charge in one county and service time for years ago? Can he get in a Drug court program?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Michael Jason Rhoades
    2. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    3. Brian Chiles Tevis
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    Drug Court programs are available in many counties and are designed to help people with serious addiction problems. Unfortunately, the programs are expensive and place restrictions and requirements on the entrants that can be quite difficult to comply with. With drug addiction, a person must reach the point in his/her life where quitting becomes the only option they need and want. Even then, recovery is a long and difficult journey. Drug Court programs are designed to take those challenges into...

  10. How serious is Residential Burglary in georgia?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Ingrid D. Skidmore
    2. Michael Jason Rhoades
    3 lawyer answers

    Your cousin is facing some potentially serious consequences. Residential burglary is an offense for which prosecutors typically recommend some period of jail time, many times even when it is a person's first offense. Given the fact that your cousin is already on probation and was in possession of a gun at the time of the alleged burglary, he is most likely looking at going back to jail. How much jail time depends on the facts of the burglary, the county it occurred in, the judge and prosecutor...