Patrick Scott Ferris’s Answers

Patrick Scott Ferris

Douglas DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Is there payment plans available for DWI lawyers

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Ryan Scott Drea
    2. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    3. Maury Devereau Beaulier
    4. Nicole Jo Kubista
    5. Jay Edward Carey
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    Depends on the lawyer. Let me tell you what EVERY lawyer hears, all the time: "for criminal cases, get your fee up front!" What does this mean? It means that criminal clients are notorious for having poor credit and for stiffing their lawyers - or trying to. That is why many experienced criminal defense lawyers do not offer payment plans. Or at least very good ones. The good news is that if you aren't a credit risk, you can get a really good payment plan at a bank. How good, you ask? Let...

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  2. What are the consequences for aiding and abetting a dui/dwi?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Patrick Scott Ferris
    2. Maury Devereau Beaulier
    3. Jon Mitchell Jackson
    4. William Robert Bickerton
    5. Gregory Maurice Wagner
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    This is an interesting question. I practice in Georgia, where the intent element of DUI makes it virtually inconceivable that another individual could act as an accomplice. The reason that accomplice liability would be so difficult (if not impossible) for a prosecutor to establish in a Georgia DUI case is that in Georgia, the prosecutor must show that the accomplice had the same level of intent as the pricipal criminal actor. I would like to know how your case was resolved.

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  3. My daughter got a dui back in march 2013, went to court in sept 2013, she has completed everything but her 120 hours community s

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Andrew Robert Fiddes
    2. Darrell Brinnett Reynolds Sr.
    3. Noah Howard Pines
    4. Ian Zimmerman
    5. Patrick Scott Ferris
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    Alright so right off the bat, every lawyer who read your question SHOULD have realized that you are holding back something: the reason your daughter going back "before the judge." Was there some quirky progress reporting requirement that was added as a condition of her probation? Has she picked up some kind of new criminal charge? Is her P.O. trying to get her revoked on a technical for failing to complete what seems to be an unusually high amount of community service? The fact that she...

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  4. Smoked a few days before convicted of 1st DUI; If drug tested @ 1st meeting with PO, what could happen if THC is still in urine?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Patrick Scott Ferris
    3. Angela Mary Kinley
    4. Julia E. Simmons
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    Yeargan nailed it. Tell your P.O. in your initial meeting. Although the word around the nitrous balloons is that weed stays in your system for 30 days, it usually doesn't unless you're fat and smoke almost constantly. No offense to fat people. Or people who smoke almost constantly. If you do what Yeargan says - and what I'm also saying - and your P.O. still tries to jack you up with a revocation, call attorney Dave Clark - he's in Lawrenceville and he'll take care of you.

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  5. Can a case be thrown out if my rights were not read to me when arrested for DUI?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Justin Spizman
    2. James B. Hernan
    3. Benjamin David Goldberg
    4. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    5. George F. Mccranie IV
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    I have some bad news and some GREAT news for you. Bad news first: your case probably won't simply be thrown out. Now for the GREAT news: depending on what rights you're talking about, evidence about your performance on field tests - or maybe even the breath or blood test (or evidence of your refusal to take one) could be kept out of evidence. You need a skilled DUI defense lawyer to help you make this happen! If the test is kicked out, your chances of getting a dismissal on the DUI...

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  6. JUST GOT MY GA TEACHERS CERTIFACATE will a dui 20 years ago show up on my job background check with school systems

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    2. Brandon Michael Rosenbloom
    3. Patrick Scott Ferris
    4. Andrew Robert Fiddes
    5. Amir Soleimanian
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    Do you feel lucky? No, seriously. The answer is "maybe," based what I have personally seen. Why maybe? Because your initial background check MIGHT reflect the DUI. You see, a ton of jurisdictions in Georgia run DUI cases through backwards little municipal courts, recorders courts, and police courts. If that sounds familiar, your DUI ticket may never have reached GCIC. More importantly, your OBTS card may never have reached GCIC. What is this GCIC I speak of? Why it's the Georgia Crime...

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  7. How many times in your life can you plead no contest to a DUI?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Patrick Scott Ferris
    3. Peter J Carini
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    I agree with Mr. Carini. You can plead nolo contendere as many times as you want, if the court accepts the plea. HOWEVER, there is an important "5 year" issue that you should be aware of. Most (but not all) moving violations result in "points" being placed on a person's driver's license. If a driver accumulates enough points, his/her license will be suspended. Under Georgia law, the advantage a nolo plea in traffic cases is that a driver gets no points for a traffic violation if the driver...

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  8. What can I expect as an outcome for a first offense DUI in Georgia without a lawyer. (Final cost + Punishment)

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Patrick Scott Ferris
    2. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3. James Scott Byrne
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    Your position on hiring a lawyer is understandable. What is unfortunate is that this opinion is much more prevalent among people charged with their first lifetime DUI. The impression that many first-time DUI defendants seems to have is that it is unreasonable to pay several thousand dollars for an attorney when the maximum fine in Georgia for a fist DUI is $1,000.00. However, that $1,000.00 fine is only the beginning of the costs that a DUI conviction can cause. Most people are surprised...

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  9. I was apprehended in a stadium and wasn'y on a roadway or shoulder. Shouldn't I be able to get the Judge to dismiss the charges?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Patrick Scott Ferris
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    This depends on the judge and the way that the prosecutor approaches the issue that you raise. The prosecutor can change the original charge to one that best fits the allegations in your case. You are entitled to notification of the charge that you will face in court prior to your trial. In lower courts, I have observed that some judges actually enter a conviction for a different criminal offense than the one charged if the allegations do not satisfy the requirements of the crime that is...

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  10. What happens if I am caught driving on a limited permit and admit not going to/from work/school/etc. conditions in Ga?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Ashley Whittington McMahan
    2. Talal B. Ghosheh
    3. William Travis Towe
    4. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
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    Whoa whoa whoa buddy. What's all this talk of "admitting" stuff? July 4 was not two weeks ago and you're talking all crazy like the British won! You see, after we sent those tea-drinking Brits back across the pond, a handful of farmers sat around and came up with some ground rules that we now call The Constitution of the United States of America. One of the ground rules - it's towards the back, in this part we call The Bill of Rights - gives you the right against self-incrimination. That's...

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