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  • Can I beat a traffic ticket if I was not told why I was pulled over.

    Pulled over late at night and asked for licence and insurance and he questioned why I was in a known drug area I told him I was cutting through to save time.he never told me what initiated the stop but racial profiling is my guess seeing as how I ...

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    In Georgia an officer is not required to tell you why you were pulled over. If you are racially profiled and you can prove it - you have a defense. Many times driver's think that because an officer made a technical error on a citation (like the wrong time, wrong color of car, wrong birth date) that the error should cause the ticket to be thrown out. Unfortunately for many drivers, this is not the case. However, i often use these types of errors to show that the officer can and does make mistakes. If you were given a ticket and you feel that you were wrongly stopped or ticketed, I would advise you to contact the best criminal defense attorney that is available to you and have a sit down consultation about your case. That is the best way for an attorney to get all of the pertinent information about your case in order to be able to accurately evaluate your defenses. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
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  • Speeding ticket for going 28 over in Duluth, GA. Will I lose my license?

    I got a speeding ticket for going 73MPH on 45MPH road, 28 over the speed limit. This is a 2 lane road (Peachtree Industrial Bouleard). I asked the police officer if I can see the laser to confrim I was going that fast, which he said no to (I tho...

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    My answers to your Questions:
    1) If you are under 21 years old this could cause serious problems for your license. And if you are convicted at theses speeds you will face a Super Speeder citation from the State as well. If you are not under 21 then there will be points accessed on your license and you will also face a Super Speeder Violation from the State. You are looking at a 4 point violation for this speed. If you take a Defensive Driving Course you can have points taken off of your license. Quite frankly it would be much better NO TO BE CONVICTED of this charge - see my answer to question #4.
    2) If the Judge allows you to plead NOLO it will keep the points off of your license and help protect from an increase in your insurance rates.
    3) The Solicitor is the same thing as the Prosecutor. You can "talk" to him about your ticket, but you may not have very much success. See my answer to your 4th question.
    4) Because you could be facing serious consequences to your license including a possible Suspension and Super Speeder Violation I would strongly suggest that you hire an experienced Traffic attorney that regularly practices in this particular court. The attorney is much better trained to negotiate a dismissal or reduction of this type of charge than you are. The money you spend on hiring an attorney will be well spent if your insurance rates don't go up.
    I hope my answers to your questions have been helpful. Good Luck!!!
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  • Revoked pre trial diversion

    Hi i have never been arrested but i did get an citation fo shoplifting this may. At first i failed to report to my po and pay the fines so i had another court date where the judge gave me another chance to complete. I have paid all my fines comple...

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    First - A Pretrial Diversion is a fantastic way to prevent a conviction on this type of charge. You should understand that if you are Convicted of a Criminal charge in Georgia, it will remain on your Criminal History FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! By being granted the privilege of a Pretrial Diversion you have the opportunity NOT to be Convicted and to have the charge appear on your criminal record. I always advise my clients to take this opportunity seriously and do everything (make whatever sacrifice necessary) to complete the diversion program. It is possible that you didn't understand the IMPORTANCE of complying with the terms and conditions of the Pretrial Diversion program.
    Second - If you have failed to appear in Court for a scheduled hearing there could very well be a Bench Warrant issued for your ARREST. I understand that people have other things on their schedules that they believe to be more important than attending court, but if you miss court it can get you ARRESTED. Going to jail usually isn't a risk you take if you miss work or school to go to court.
    Third - (and finally) I would recommend that you HIRE and experienced criminal defense attorney that regularly practices in the court that is handling your case. It is possible that the attorney could negotiate a resolution to the Bench Warrant and possibly even get you back in to the Pretrial Diversion Program. If you are permanently kicked out of the program you will have to face the results of a conviction for the shoplifting charge. PLEASE take this seriously. If you don't take quick steps to help yourself, this misdemeanor shoplifting charge could cause you serious trouble in the future!
    Good Luck!!!
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  • First Offender Discharge; college graduate; criminal background history.

    I am getting ready to graduate from college. I received my First Offender discharge from probation last year. Gwinnettcourts.net says I have been discharged on their site. I need to pull my criminal background history to see if everything has be...

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    I believe that you should be OK because your GCIC came back clean. If you have been convicted of a crime in Georgia it will appear on your GCIC. A GCIC report includes both Felonies and Misdemeanors. The private companies that perform criminal background checks usually get the information in their systems based on GCIC results. If your GCIC is clean, you shouldn't have a problem. Good Luck & Congratulations on Graduating from College!!!
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  • How long do points for a speeding ticket stay on my license in GA?

    I got a speeding ticket worth 3 points, so I was just wondering how long those points will stay.

    George’s Answer

    Points stay for 2 years on a Georgia Drivers License. This is the time period the State uses for the calculation of accessed points for license suspensions. However, the charge will remain on your history forever. Don't confuse the 2 years used by the State of Georgia and whatever time period your insurance company may "look back", because they may not be the same amount of time. Your insurance company may look back for longer periods of time than the State uses to calculate license suspensions. It just depends on which Insurance Co. you are using.
    I would advise you to hire an experienced attorney to represent you on the Speeding Ticket. It may be possible to have the charge dismissed or reduced so that the ticket is never reported to the State. Then you wouldn't have to worry about problems with your insurance company. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
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  • Can you go to jail if the police have a warrent for your DNA and how long can you stay in jail

    Son has been locked up almost a month and the jail doesn't know anything wen i call trying to find out what is the hold up on my son and why he can't get a bond

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    First, it sounds like your son has had a Search Warrant for his DNA issued by a judge. A Search Warrant doesn't hold your son in jail. It would only be used to take a sample of his DNA. This type of warrant is usually issued when the police believe a person in a suspect in a criminal case. If he is being held in JAIL it should not be because of a Search Warrant. There must be some other reason for him to be held in jail. Don't expect the jail to help you or your son. That is not their job. They only hold people that have pending criminal matters or probation revocations etc.. I would recommend that you talk to his attorney or if he doesn't have an attorney - HIRE ONE ASAP!!! This could be a VERY SERIOUS situation for your son and he will need the best Criminal Defense Attorney that is available to him. The longer he sits in jail without representation, the less time there is for an attorney to work on and prepare his defense. I hope this information is helpful to you and your son. Good Luck!!!
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  • If I had a dui conviction 7 years ago in the state of Georgia can I obtain a cdl license in another state ?

    I had a dui conviction 7 years ago in ga and the department of driver services said that I am restricted for life for every getting a cdl license. Can I move to another state say new York or Virginia and apply for my cdl license there?

    George’s Answer

    I would advise you to check with the State that you want to move to. Georgia is very strict when it come to CDL privileges and it is possible that another state may have different rules. After rereading your question I see that you say you had 1 DUI conviction. It is my understanding that GA has a lifetime CDL ban after 2 DUI convictions. You may want to check your Criminal History to make sure the state has the correct information on your history. If you only have 1 DUI conviction you should qualify for a CDL in GA. If you have 2 DUI convictions GA will place the 'lifetime ban" on you. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!
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  • I am currently driving on a permit and was stopped by police passed local curfew and i ran a red light

    what will be my consequence and is there a way to get my license on my 17 due to that fact that im graduating high school early .The passenger in the car was also underage but she lied to police on several occasions that night however i did not .I...

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    Because of your age the case will be heard in Juvenile Court. Every court is different as to how judges sentence on cases. In my area of the state, south Georgia, you wouldn't have to worry about jail time for this type of offense. I don't believe you will have to worry about jail time in your specific case. Most juvenile courts attempt to resolve this type of case so that a conviction is avoided. Many times the result can depend on the specific facts of your case and your driving history. A good driving history is a GREAT thing to have in your situation. Of course, the best way to ensure that you don't have an issue resulting from this charge is to hire an experienced Traffic/Criminal Defense Attorney to represent you. - Good Luck!!!
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  • What are my chances at not getting a license suspension for driving past a school bus? I'm 16...

    I got a citation for driving past a school bus a couple days ago. I thought it was legal to drive past it as long as I was on the other side of the road....The bus door was closed. I promise I'm a cautious driver, this is my first ticket. I'm ver...

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    If you have an Attorney already to represent you in the case you are on the right track! Most people delay in hiring an attorney, sometimes until it is too late to help them. Because you have an attorney to represent you you should address your questions to that attorney. Your attorney should be well acquainted with the prosecutor and judge in the court that will handle your ticket so he should be able to answer your questions. After all, you are paying him to represent you so go to him with your questions and don't rely on a second hand opinion from attorneys that don't have all of the specifics on your case and aren't familiar with the court. Good Luck!!!
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  • Friend was given 90 days to serve and allowed 48 hours to report. But she never turned herself in. its been 7 days now

    the judge sentenced her to 12 months probation community service fine and 90 days to serve. She was told she only had to serve 45 days 2 for 1. She also was allowed 48 hours to get her affairs in order. Its now been 7 days and she still has not tu...

    George’s Answer

    In my area of the state I would expect that her Probation Officer (PO) has already filed a Warrant for her Arrest based on a Probation Revocation. There are many different outcomes for her in this situation and most of them are not good for her. She could sit in jail on the probation revocation until the Judge is ready. This could take a long time - think month or two. At a Probation Revocation hearing she could have her probation revoked and serve whatever amount of time up to the 12 months in jail. Or, the Judge could be completely forgiving and allow her to serve her sentence as originally ordered. I wouldn't count on this to happen in my area of the state! I think you get the picture as to what her exposure is because she didn't turn herself in on time. If she has a good reason for missing her report date she needs to let her PO know - ASAP. I would recommend that she turn herself in as soon as possible. Hiding and trying to avoid this situation will only make it worse for her. Finally, she should be represented by an experienced attorney that regularly practices in the court that originally sentenced her. This is a serious situation that could result in her spending much more time in jail than the original 90 day sentence. Ignoring this is not the answer! Good Luck to her!
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