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  • Traveling with DACA?

    My wife just got approved to travel to mexico to go see her sick grandma I'm a us citizen and I will be traveling with her we live in Atlanta GA we already bought airline tickets but on our way back from Mexico we will have a layover in Houston Te...

    George’s Answer

    If your wife (who has valid DACA status) applied for and received Advanced Parole or Humanitarian Parole there should not be a problem with her returning to the U.S.. Many times direct flights either aren't available or aren't affordable, so not having a direct flight back to Atlanta is not unusual & should not be an issue. Make sure to have all of the appropriate paperwork when she returns and there shouldn't be a problem.
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  • I missed my court date for a ticket. What's next??

    I received a ticket on December 31. I appeared in court on the date the ticket says to go. I put that I was not guilty and they told me I would have another court date and that I was going to receive a letter in the mail stating when to come bac...

    George’s Answer

    Because the court believes you missed your court date there appears to have been a Bench Warrant issued for your arrest. It is not uncommon for defendants not to receive notices for court for all kinds of reasons including a clerical error on the court or clerks offices part, the address on your drivers license may not be your current address etc.. No matter who's fault it is, if there is a Bench Warrant that means that you could be arrested. After dealing with this same type issue for many clients over the years I can tell you that being arrested for a clerical error isn't fun at all. I would advise you to hire an experienced attorney that regularly practices in the court that is hearing your case. The attorney can work to resolve this issue and hopefully prevent your arrest on the Bench Warrant and help resolve the underlying citation. This type of issue can usually be resolved by an attorney much more efficiently than if you try to navigate this legal minefield yourself. Good Luck!!!
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  • Could my step dad adopt me? Will I become a US resident?

    I am currently married to a US citizen but I don't want him to file for my residence since everyone will think that's Why I married him, but I wanted to know could my step dad adopt me even though I'm married and could he file for my US residence?...

    George’s Answer

    Because you are married there are VERY long wait times for married children of U.S. citizens. Not to mention the process of adoption and it's associated expense and the time required for it to be finalized. The easiest and fastest way for you to gain Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status is for your U.S. Citizen husband to file for you. After you become an LPR you can apply to become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen after 3 years using the N400 process. I would not be concerned about what other people think, nor try to please them. The most efficient way of becoming an LPR is through your husband. To get the process started you should consult an immigration attorney about the specifics of your case. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
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  • Can they charge my son with DUI if it was an illegal stop.

    My son had almost finished court ordered DUI court. He had received some really bad news He took the car and went to the local bar after a few to many he got into an argument he left to get in the car and the guy came from behind and slammed what...

    George’s Answer

    Whether or not this was an Illegal Stop depends on the specific information that was contained in the 911 call to law enforcement & the information that was relayed to the patrolling officer. Because of the specific facts and information that was given to law enforcement the 911 call and police radio logs would need to be reviewed in order to use this issue as a defense. If it is an Illegal Stop then all evidence would be suppressed and your son should be cleared of the new DUI charge. However, until a Judge says it was an Illegal Stop the state is free to continue the prosecution of the case & your son will need an experienced DUI attorney to effectively mount this defense.
    Additionally, there may be additional defenses available to your son concerning the brutal attack on him and a possible emergency situation. This defense would also be one that would best be brought by a DUI defense attorney & not by your son trying to represent himself. It is obvious that your son has been in trouble before and this DUI would be at least a 2nd in 5 years. The penalties for a 2nd DUI in 5 years are much stiffer than for a 1st DUI. Please take this charge seriously and hire the best DUI defense attorney that is available to your son - ASAP!
    Finally, there may be criminal and civil cases that could be taken out against the person that attacked your son. I hope this information is helpful to him, Good Luck!!!
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  • My U.S Citizen spouse wants to file 1-130 and 1-485 for me (an undocumented immigrant)

    we are facing a challenge to proceed with the filing because she's currently living in a Govt subsidized housing and living under the poverty line with two kids who are also U.S citizens. my question is can we still qualify to file 1-130 and 1-485...

    George’s Answer

    It appears from your question that you are mainly concerned with your financial issues and your ability to meet the required financial means test. You can meet that obligation by having a sponsor(s) that meet or exceed the specific financial needs of your case. However, there is a second issue that you will have - because of your undocumented status you will need a waiver for inadmissibility. I advise you to consult with an immigration attorney before you file any paperwork and specifically address these issues. I hope this information has been helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
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  • Can a sheriff issue a traffic citation for shooting of a gun 50y near a road when we didn't have any guns?

    Georgia - At a friends house Memorial Day - cop showed up saying a neighbor complained about someone shooting a gun. 3 friends and homeowner talked to the officer at garage. I walked over to see what was going on. The officer gave us all a tra...

    George’s Answer

    The short answer is - Yes, they can!
    The long answer is - an officer can issue a citation/charge if he believes there is probable cause to do so. The officer doesn't have to have measurements of the distance from the road etc.. The state is able to amend the charges if it believes the evidence will support the new charge. That doesn't mean that the charge will or can be proven by the state in court. Finally, because you were not a part of the initial conversation between your friends and the officer, it is possible that your friends admitted to a crime to the officer and implicated you. This is something that will need to be investigated in the defense of your case. I would advise you to hire the best criminal defense attorney that is available to you - ASAP. The faster a defense attorney is involved, the better for your defense. I hope this information is helpful to you.
    Good Luck!!!
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  • My 18 year old son was ticketed for 25 MPH over the speed limit in Duluth GA. should I go to court without an attorney and hope

    I can only talk to the prosecutor 30 minutes before going in front of the judge. what are my chances of getting him to drop the speed to below the 4 point amount and just pay the fine?

    George’s Answer

    This Speeding Ticket may be more serious than you think. Because he was cited for going in excess of 24 mph over the speed limit & he is Under 21 - he faces a Drivers License SUSPENSION. Not only is he facing a Suspension, you are looking at fines with the associated court costs & a HUGE INCREASE in your vehicle INSURANCE. As a parent, I would not risk my son loosing his drivers license and possibly paying huge increases in my insurance rates. I would seriously consider hiring him an attorney that regularly practices in Duluth traffic/criminal court. The attorney can work to have the speeding charge dismissed or reduced and save your son's license and huge increases in insurance premiums! I hope this information is helpful to you & your son. Good Luck!!!
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  • Can 2nd DUI charges be challenged if occurred on private property?

    My husband recently received his 2nd DUI and reckless driving when he was backing into our driveway. I was injured that evening as a result. He blew a .94.

    George’s Answer

    The Short answer is: Yes.
    The Longer answer is : In GA law enforcement can charge a person with DUI on Public or Private land. In your Husband's case he was apparently driving on a public highway in order to "back into" your driveway. So I wouldn't believe that an argument that he was just on private land would work very well with the prosecutor. Additionally, prosecutors also take cases much more seriously where there are injuries involved that resulted from the defendant's (alleged) drunken driving. I would advise your husband to hire the best DUI defense attorney that is available to him - ASAP!!! Please remember, he only has 10 business days to file a written request for an Administrative License Suspension Hearing & include a cashiers check or money order for $150. If he doesn't file the request in a timely fashion, his license will be automatically suspended.
    I hope this information is helpful to both of you. Good Luck!!!
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  • How do I access the evidence the prosecutor has against me?

    My court date is tomorrow.

    George’s Answer

    The best way to get the evidence the Prosecutor has against you is to file a Discovery Motion. You can do this yourself or you can hire an attorney to do this for you. Because you have pending criminal charges I would strongly advise you to hire the best criminal defense attorney that is availalbe to you and do it - ASAP!!! Trying to defend yourself in court against the entire weight of the criminal justice system of the State of Georgia is usually NOT a good idea. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
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  • What would be the best way to handle a super speeding ticket in Statesboro ga my age is 20. 33 miles over the limit.

    never had a ticket before and need my license my future counts on it

    George’s Answer

    If you are Convicted of speeding in excess of 20 miles per hour over the limit you will get a Super Speeder from the State of Georgia. However, the Super Speeder is NOT what you should be worried about! Because you are UNDER 21, if you are Convicted of going in Excess of 24 miles per hour Over the speed limit your Drivers License will be SUSPENDED by the State. And you would also get the Super Speeder from the State of Georgia as well!!! So you are really looking at the likely possibility of having your GA Drivers License Suspended and receiving a Super Speeder if you don't act to protect yourself! I would recommend that you hire an experienced traffic Defense Attorney that REGULARLY practices in the appropriate court in Statesboro. Having an experienced attorney representing you will be your best Defense in this case and give you the best chance of keeping your Drivers License. I wanted to make sure that you understand that you are facing more issues than just a Super Speeder. Please take this situation SERIOUSLY, because you do face the real possibility of having your drivers license Suspended. Good Luck!!!
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