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  • Will an a pointed lawyer look out for your best interest or will they just want to get a plea deal

    Can an a pointed lawyer tell you that you will get life with out parole before the trial even start.

    George’s Answer

    Appointed attorneys or Public Defenders work hard to help Defendants. Public Defenders are overworked, under funded and simply do the best job they can with the time and resources that they have available to them. Most times they don't have the time and dedicated resources of a private criminal defense attorney.
    It is standard practice for criminal defense attorneys to explain the maximum possible sentences or outcomes in each defendants case. Many times the possible maximum outcomes do not occur if a defendant looses a trial or enters a guilty plea. However, in my practice I try to make sure that my clients understand all of the possible outcomes in their individual cases.
    If a defendant is not satisfied with the public defender they always have to option to hire a private attorney to represent them. This is true also with private attorneys. If a defendant is not satisfied with the representation that a private attorney is providing, they can always fire the private attorney and hire another.
    If a case involves the possibility of "Life without Parole" it is VERY SERIOUS and a defendant should make every effort possible to have the best criminal defense counsel that is available to them, represent them in court. This is true for even misdemeanor criminal charges in Georgia. Because Georgia has some of the strictest laws regarding convictions remaining on a defendants criminal history - for LIFE. A criminal conviction for misdemeanors such as Possession of Marijuana or DUI can ruin a persons chances starting a new career or advancing in their chosen profession.
    I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!
    - George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • If my new charges remain misdemeanor is it true that it will only be a technical violation for my felony probation?

    i am on first offender felony probation i have till sept 2017 before my felony probation is up on feb 1st i went to jail and was charged with 1)driving on a suspended/revoked license 2)driving without insurance 3) failure to maintain lane 4)dui 5)...

    George’s Answer

    First - Don't listen to your "friend". You will need to consult with an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney about this serious situation. If you were a Normal probationer you could only be sentenced for up to 2 years in prison for the misdemeanor violations that you have pending against you. However, because you are on 1st Offender Probation the Judge can 1) take away your 1st Offender (that means you will be Convicted of the original charge(s)) and 2) re-sentence you up to the maximum time possible for your original offense(s). The court will have to give you credit for the time you have already served on probation.
    Second -The attorney (not your friend) can also review your criminal/driving history and advise you about the possibility of you being charged with a Felony as a Habitual Violator based on the new charges.
    Third and Finally - Anytime you are charged with a crime in Georgia it is a Very Good Idea to consult with and retain the best criminal defense attorney that is available to you! Not only are you facing going to Prison, but you are also facing having the original charge become a Conviction that will remain on your Criminal Record for the REST OF YOUR LIFE! Don't rely on friends and relatives to advise you, it can not only cost you time in PRISON, but also create a mark on your Record that will be there for the rest of your life! I hope this information has been helpful. Good Luck!!!
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • Can I run a federal warrants check to see if I have any outstanding federal warrants issued by the IRS?

    Im traveling outside the USA, When I return will they run a background check for warrants on me? If so how can I find out if I have any federal warrants? no warrants showed when I ran a local warrants check with the sheriffs department.

    George’s Answer

    The information that you are seeking is not available to the general public. When a U.S. Citizen returns to the U.S. and passes through Customs and Immigration their criminal background is checked. Even something as "minor" as an unpaid speeding citation can result in the person being detained when returning to the country. If you believe you could have an active warrant for your arrest I would advise you to retain an attorney BEFORE you return to the U.S. & be prepared to address the criminal issue promptly. Being proactive in this type of situation is a better plan than simply "rolling the dice" and hoping the worst doesn't happen.
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • Will he have to go to each county to face all these charges. Will they typically run concurrent. He has no criminal record

    My son is facing felony charges in three separate counties that cross state lines.

    George’s Answer

    Your son can face charges and be prosecuted in each county and state in which the alleged crimes were committed. It is possible that charges can be prosecuted by the same district attorney's office if some of the counties are in the same judicial circuit. However, based on the information in your question it is impossible to tell if the same district attorney's office would be handling 2 of the counties.
    As far as the possibility of his sentences running Concurrent, it's impossible to be able to tell you whether or not that can or will happen. There is simply not enough information in your question to be able to make even an educated guess. This is a question he should ask his attorney.
    If he is charged with crimes in another state, that state can seek to extradite him from GA to face those charges. In my opinion, your son needs an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to represent him on ALL of the charges in both states- ASAP!!! I hope this information is helpful to you.
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • Officer told me I was going 86 in a 70. He reduce my speed. My citation is 84 in 70. What speed am I charged with originally

    Officer said I was going 86 in a 70. He said he was going to help me out because I'm a Florida cdl holder. This happened in Vienna Georgia Dooley county. I'm concerned like. My citation says 84 in a 70. Is this what the officer charged me with goi...

    George’s Answer

    The Speed that is actually listed on the citation is the speed that the Solicitor will prosecute. In Georgia if the speed is 14 mph or less the citation isn't supposed to be reported to the State. That means that there would not be any points accessed in Georgia and the citation should not be reported to the Georgia or Florida DDS. 84 mph is also not a Super Speeder violation in Georgia. It is possible that their could be a clerical error and the citation could be sent in to the state, but this isn't a regular occurrence in my experience. You could hire an attorney to oversee the process, but this usually isn't necessary if you don't want to fight the citation and try and have it dismissed. I hope this information is helpful to you.
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • Do I have the right to request another judge to handle my criminal case?

    I'm not happy with my lawyer or the judge?

    George’s Answer

    Lawyer: Yes. If you are not happy with your attorney that you hired, you are free to fire that attorney and hire another. If you were appointed an attorney, you can always hire your own private counsel.

    Judge: Usually, No. In order to have a Judge removed or recused from a case there must be specific reasons why the Judge has a conflict or there is an appearance of impropriety. Based on your question and the reason you want to recuse the judge is that you are "not happy" with the judge, I don't believe will allow you to move to recuse the Judge. I hope this information is helpful to you.
    Good Luck!
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • What is the law on self-defense in Georgia

    My son was involved in a fight at school yesterday, 1/25/2016. The other student and his entourage approached my son, and verbally threatened him. At this time my son took off his backpack and put his hands up in a boxing position, blocking his f...

    George’s Answer

    Easy Answer: -Yes. In Georgia your son does have the right to use "self Defense" as a justification of his actions after he was attacked by the other student(s). The videos will be very important in the Criminal Prosecution of the case and you should make every effort to save them for his defense in court.
    Complicated Answer: -Self Defense may be available to him in the Criminal case. However, he will then most likely face a school tribunal hearing. At the tribunal hearing he may not be entitled to the use of Self Defense as a justification for being attacked. The Tribunal isn't a criminal hearing and is governed by the procedural rules that are used by the school system in it's code of conduct.
    I would advise you to hire the best criminal defense attorney for your son that is available to you - ASAP.
    I hope this information is helpful to you and your son. Good Luck!
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • What are the possibilities of this ticket being dropped?

    I was stopped in Twiggs County on I-16 for driving 87 mph in a 70 mph zone. (My cruise was set on 85.) I am a 38 year old female with absolutely no previous tickets.

    George’s Answer

    You haven't provided nearly enough information in order for an attorney to review your case and decide if a Dismissal would be possible based on a defect in the State's case. There are specific requirements that the State must have in order to prove a Speeding citation in court. For example, an officer must establish a visual tracking log for the vehicle in addition to a speed detection device. However, in your case you admit that you were going 85. The State only has to prove that you were traveling in excess of the posted speed limit.
    I would expect that a REDUCTION of the speed would be more likely than a complete dismissal in most cases. If the speed is reduced to 14mph or less over the speed limit there will not be any points accessed against your license and the charge will not be a Super Speeder. If the speed is not reduced you will not only have points accessed against your license, but you will also have to pay the Super Speeder fine. If you don't pay the Super Speeder the State of Georgia will Suspend your Drivers License. I would recommend that you hire an experienced Traffic Defense attorney in or near Twiggs Co..
    I hope this information is helpful to you!!! Good Luck!!!
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • Do I have to appear in court and how could I go about trying to reduce my fines?

    I'm 21 years old and a full time student (very low on funds) and received a citation for going 87 in a 55, its my first traffic violation of any kind. Online its listed at $650 plus service fees but I'm finding online I may also have an extra supe...

    George’s Answer

    I understand that you are in school and don't think you have the money necessary to hire an attorney to represent you on the Speeding case. However, hiring an experienced speeding ticket defense attorney to represent you could be the difference between being convicted of the speeding ticket as it was written, then being faced with paying the Super Speeder violation and finally having your insurance rates Skyrocket for the next several years! Investing in an attorney will cost money in the beginning, but based on your good driving history could very well save you thousands of dollars on your car insurance for the next several years! I would advise you to contact local defense attorneys close to where you received the ticket and at least attempt to hire one to help you with the speeding ticket. The attorney may be able to get the charge dismissed or get the speed reduced so that it will not be reported to the state (and not put points on your license) and prevent it from being a Super Speeder violation and save you that fine as well. If you simply can't hire an attorney you can try negotiating with the Solicitor and trying to convince him to reduce the speed. However, in my area of the state (south Georgia) many solicitors will not speak to defendants over the phone and you would be required to come to court to try and negotiate a reduced speed. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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  • Do I still have an pending criminal case in Lawrenceville GA? what should I do if I want to visit USA

    Live in Canada, born in Colombia, Naturalized Canadian. 2009 got arrested in Lawrenceville GA for shoplifting. release on bail. then moved to Canada because inmigration status. never report to court.

    George’s Answer

    If you didn't appear at court there is a very good chance that there is an outstanding Bench Warrant. A Bench Warrant is an arrest warrant that is issued by the Court if a defendant fails to appear for court. You should hire an attorney to address this issue for you. If you don't and you enter the United States you will be detained and possibly returned to Lawrenceville based on the Bench Warrant. There have been instances of people being detained when returning to the U.S. for something as minor as an outstanding speeding ticket in a rural Georgia county. I hope this information is helpful to you.
    George McCranie - Offices in Valdosta & Douglas, GA -

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