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Ingrid D. Skidmore

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

    Specifically Dekalb County Georgia.

    Ingrid’s Answer

    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 been committed. There really is no difference between the two types of charging documents for the purpose of informing the accused of the charges against him/her. Hope this helps.
    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group.LL.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
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    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
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  • Must the officer sign a speeding ticket for it to hold up in court?

    I was issued a speeding ticket with many errors. Most include hair color, eye color, height, and year of the vehicle. These are probably insufficient for dismissing the citation. I also read that the officer must sign the ticket. Is this correct?

    Ingrid’s Answer

    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 circumstance, an officer's signature is required. It sounds like there are several issues with what the officer wrote on the ticket, I would be interested to know if he made similar errors in calculating the speed you were driving at. My bet is that he did. Hope this helps.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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

    My boyfriend was charged in October with sale of marijuana. He had his school check on him. The officer said he saw him make a transaction but they didn't find anything on him but his money and cell phone. They gave him back his cellphone but with...

    Ingrid’s Answer

    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 on school property, he is facing another felony charge which carries a maximum of 20 years and $20,000 fine. Your boyfriend needs to hire an experienced attorney to discuss his defenses. Good luck.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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  • 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?

    But caught a new charge but it was on 3 grams only had for personal use because he is addict. The last possession charge was back in 2006 already served time that in another county.

    Ingrid’s Answer

    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 account while working to set the person free from addiction. Some programs are better than others and should be discussed with an experienced attorney. Until then, if the person is serious about recovery, he/she should at least begin attending NA/AA meetings and if possible enter a residential treatment program. This will not only help with the addiction but will show the prosecutor and the judge a commitment to recovery even before he/she gets into court. The court always looks favorably on people who are making an effort to change their lives before the court orders them to do so. I hope this helps. Good luck.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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  • How serious is Residential Burglary in georgia?

    My couzin was arrested 3days ago for two Residential Burglary's, He also had a gun on him during the burglary. My couzin jus got out of jail a month ago for possesion of marjuana with intent to distribute and carrying a concealed weapon{gun}he did...

    Ingrid’s Answer

    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 the case is assigned to as well as anything else that may be on his criminal record. Burglary carries a sentence range of 1-20 years. If a person has already been convicted of a burglary, the sentence range then changes to 2-20 years with the 2 years being required incarceration. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon can add an additional 5 years to the sentence.
    Additionally, your cousin should be concerned about having his probation revoked due to this new charge being a violation of his probation. If that happens, which is likely, he is facing additional jail time. Of course, there may be defenses or mitigating circumstances that can be used during negotiations with the prosecutor and/or at trial. Your cousin should seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible to discuss all of the risks he faces and options he has. Good luck.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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  • How serious is Residential Burglary in georgia?

    My couzin was arrested 3days ago for two Residential Burglary's, He also had a gun on him during the burglary. My couzin jus got out of jail a month ago for possesion of marjuana with intent to distribute and carrying a concealed weapon{gun}he did...

    Ingrid’s Answer

    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 the case is assigned to as well as anything else that may be on his criminal record. Burglary carries a sentence range of 1-20 years. If a person has already been convicted of a burglary, the sentence range then changes to 2-20 years with the 2 years being required incarceration. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon can add an additional 5 years to the sentence.
    Additionally, your cousin should be concerned about having his probation revoked due to this new charge being a violation of his probation. If that happens, which is likely, he is facing additional jail time. Of course, there may be defenses or mitigating circumstance that can be used during negotiations with the prosecutor and/or at trial. Your cousin should seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible to discuss all of the risks he faces and options he has. Good luck.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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  • Can you be charged with criminal trespassing at your fomer job if you left the job in good standing,and security let you in?

    I am a former employee who took a vacation from my job but was told I could get it back in 30 days which was not true. I was a security officer but because of company policy and the account rules I could not take take my vacation when I wanted to...

    Ingrid’s Answer

    There's a big difference between being charged with Criminal Trespass and Theft. It sounds like you are being investigated for a theft that occurred while you were there. Depending on the amount they claim was stolen, the theft could be a felony. They also may add a burglary charge. With felony charges, jail is a always possibility. Take this seriously. Talking with a lawyer can help you make the right decisions about what to do next.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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  • Is there anything I can do to help myself?

    I was arrested for possession of marijuana in DeKalb County, suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. As I was being processed, the lady said that my charges were dropped and she was sure to double check that was the correct information. I had two people tr...

    Ingrid’s Answer

    Because you received a summons to appear in court, you may actually still have the charge to deal with even though it seems from what you describe that charges were dropped. The mistake on the ticket probably has nothing to do with what occurred. Police make those types of errors all the time. It is also possible if there were others with you who were also charged when you were, you may have been summoned to be a witness. Either way, any time you are required to be in court, it should be taken seriously. I suggest you contact an attorney to research what the status of the charge is and to be with you in court.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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  • Probation Officer is being unfair and making me do things outside of my condtions

    I'm a registered sex offender in the state of Ga. My case is over 10yrs. old and have did everything I was told to do by the court system. About 3 and a half years ago I found out I had my first child on the way with my girlfriend . As I knew my c...

    Ingrid’s Answer

    It seems that you are taking probation seriously which is very good. Most people don't realize how difficult it is to abide by the rules and regulations of a probated sentence and find themselves back in court after a violation. Because you are a sex offender, there probably are special conditions placed on you. However, you can hire an attorney to review your sentence and petition the court to modify your probation. Additionally, a lawyer can assist you in determining why the probation department has now started treating you differently and if necessary, address that with the court as well. Until then, report as directed by your probation officer to avoid any problems.

    Ingrid Skidmore
    Skidmore Law Group, L.L.C.
    303 Perimeter Center North
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346
    678-690-8619
    ingrid@skidmorelawgroup.com
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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

    Would they normally do so after the state fails to prosecute an offender, or will they intervene before prosecution and take on said case(s)?

    Ingrid’s Answer

    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
    www.skidmorelawgroup.com

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