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  • The court ordered me 5 years on probation. can I go on a cruise and tell my probation officer I am going and return in 5 days.

    arm robbery and car hijacking. I have served 10 years.

    George’s Answer

    Out of state/country travel is often an issue for people that are on probation. The answer to your question may be in the specific language included in your Terms & Conditions of Probation. If there is a specific prohibition against travel outside of the state/country you may be out of luck. If there is NOT a specific prohibition against out of state/country travel you should talk to your Probation Officer and get permission to leave the state/country. Usually, they will require certain information about your planned trip such as, dates of travel, destinations, contact numbers while out of state/country etc. I would also advise that you get written permission to travel fro your Probation Officer. In my experience, if a probationer has a good working relationship with their Probation Officer there usually isn't an issue with out of state travel. Good Luck!!!
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  • Traffic ticket not showing in system.

    Son got super speeder ticket a month ago. His court date is Tues the 28th however no one can find it. I have been calling probate and they cant find it they say to call juvenille and juvenille says they do not have it either. I was wanting to talk...

    George’s Answer

    The Safe thing for your son to do is go to court on the date printed on the ticket. Then at court check with the Clerk of Court, if he is not on the calender - get written confirmation that he appeared and his case was not called.
    The Safest thing to do is before court retain a local attorney that regularly appears in the court to represent him on the ticket. This way if there is a problem in the system and the ticket does show up later the attorney can address it and work to get the best resolution possible. Super Speeder tickets are serious for under 21 drivers and can result in a drivers license SUSPENSION. Take this citation seriously and don't ignore it. Ignore it and it will come back to bite your son! Good Luck!
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  • What if I was drive without license in had a blow out on my car, in want to jail. Is that revoking my probation..

    Had a blow out on my car... Need help my probation officer or try to take me to jail....

    George’s Answer

    When you are on probation there are certain terms & conditions that you have to follow. Not being charged with another crime is one of the rules. Being charged with Driving Without a License can be a violation of your probation. Many people don't realize how serious the charge can be - multiple convictions for Driving Without a License can be a Felony in Georgia.
    I would certainly recommend that you retain an experienced criminal defense attorney that regularly practices in Waycross/Ware Co. to represent you if a Violation of Probation (VOP) is filed against you. Waycross and Ware Co. are notoriously strict courts and you can face harsh consequences when facing a VOP.
    Good Luck!!!
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  • Can an illegal immigrant join the Army?

    If I have no legal status and no way to obtain legal status anytime soon am I eligible to join any branch of the U.S. military?

    George’s Answer

    It is my understanding that generally an Illegal Immigrant is not allowed to join the U.S. military. However, I believe there is a special program that allows Illegal Immigrants with unusual skills (proficiency in specific languages) to join. I do not believe Spanish is one of the specifically required languages. I would suggest that you talk to a U.S. military recruiter about your options. Good Luck!!!
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  • Can a judge make someone go to inpatient treatment for alcohol?

    boyfriend is being forced to go to a inpatient treatment or stay in jail for a dui

    George’s Answer

    Your question is short on details, but it sounds like your boyfriend was Convicted of DUI. If you are convicted of DUI a judge can sentence you to 12 months in JAIL. Judges have the ability to sentence a person convicted of crimes in Georgia to any sentence allowed under the law. A 12 month Jail sentence may seem harsh, but it is completely within the Judges discretion.
    However, in this case it sounds like the judge is giving your boyfriend a choice - stay in JAIL or go to Inpatient Alcohol/Drug Treatment. Being given the choice between Jail and Inpatient treatment doesn't sound like the Judge is FORCING him to go to treatment. Your boyfriend has a choice - 1) sit in JAIL and serve his sentence or 2) go to Inpatient treatment and not be in jail. Your boyfriend may not like the choices he has been given, but this is the reality of being Convicted of DUI in Georgia. Finally, I think he should be glad the judge has given him a choice, otherwise he would have no option but to serve his sentence in JAIL. I know this isn't the answer that you hoped for, but I believe it is accurate based on the information you have provided. Good Luck to your boyfriend, the choice of how he serves his sentence is his to make.
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  • What can a man be charged with for soliciting sex for money from me? I refused his offer but want to know.

    He is already charged with obstruction for trying to prevent me from calling 911 and robbery for trying to steal my phone. I am not a prostitute and was trying to get away from him

    George’s Answer

    He could be charged with Solicitation of Prostitution. However, the Robbery charge is a much more serious charge than Solicitation. If law enforcement/prosecutor is not aware of the separate act of Solicitation, you should make sure they have ALL of the specific facts. Then the prosecutors office will decide which charges to move forward on. I hope this information is helpful to you. I am very happy that you weren't injured in this potentially dangerous incident. Good Luck!!!
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  • Can a felon be a co-sponsor for immigration

    I recently received a letter saying my co sponsor doesn't make enough money, only other option for a co sponsor I have is a convicted felon from years ago who is now very successful and owns his own business... Are felons aloud to sponsor and what...

    George’s Answer

    The answer to both of your questions is - YES.
    First Question - A convicted felon is allowed to be a co-sponsor and there is no disqualification as long as the financial, age and citizenship requirements are met.
    Second Question - A co-sponsor does need to report a change of address.
    I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
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  • Will a probation violation warrant show up on a background check?

    I have a VOP warrant in DeKalb county and I'm trying to see will it show up on a background check for this hotel jib I'm trying to get. The warrant is for failure to report.

    George’s Answer

    An arrest warrant for Violation of Probation is the same as any other arrest warrant. It will show up on a criminal background check. I would advise you to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney that regularly practices in DeKalb Co. to represent you - ASAP. It is possible that the attorney could work out a resolution so that this isn't an issue on a background check. Basically, don't ignore it, as you already see, it can and will cause you problems until you take care of it. Good Luck!
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  • Can i hide out on low level violation probation in georgia?

    Ok so if I'm on probation in georgia for traffic violations for a year can I just hide out until my probation is up? From what i understand since the georgia supreme court ruling saying that private probation companies can't toll probation beyond...

    George’s Answer

    I don't think "hiding out" from probation is a good idea if you don't want to go to jail. The real issue isn't the probation. The real issue is the Violation of Probation and the associated ARREST WARRANT. The Arrest Warrant will remain on the books until it is served on YOU. So "hiding out" in NYC for a year isn't the end of your trouble. The Arrest Warrant will be outstanding until you are ARRESTED. That means that at anytime in the future you could be arrested on the warrant and from my 19 years of experience as an attorney - it will be at the worst time for you. I have had clients before that were arrested on the way to the hospital to visit a dieing parent, at a hospital just before the birth of their child or on their honeymoon! I think you get the picture. I would advise you to do the right thing and pay your fines, obey the terms & conditions of your probation and then move on with your life. Otherwise you will always be looking over your shoulder expecting to be arrested at any time. Good Luck!
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  • I am on probation for under age drinking and was charged with a DUI while on probation. I have to go to court about my probation

    Will I get jail time?

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    Quite frankly - you are facing the REAL possibility of JAIL TIME. Not only is being charged with a crime a violation of the terms and conditions of your probation, the new crime is also an Alcohol related crime. I would advise you to do several things BEFORE you go to court on the probation violation or new DUI charge.
    First - STOP DRINKING!!!
    Second - Get yourself into alcohol/drug treatment or counseling. This can show the probation officer/ judge that you are being proactive, take the alcohol charges seriously and are trying to address the problem.
    Third - Hire the best DUI/Criminal Defense Attorney that is available to you that regularly practices in that court to represent you on the probation revocation and the DUI. You are facing a real possibility of going to JAIL on the probation violation because of the new charges and on the DUI - so get the best attorney that you can - ASAP!!!
    Fourth and Finally - Remember in your DUI case you only have 10 business days to file your request for a hearing or your drivers license can be automatically suspended by the State.
    I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck and please take this seriously or you could be going to JAIL.
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