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Jennifer Greene Ammons

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  • What will most likely happen to my child being caught with a joint in school. what to except in coutr?

    I was told she would be in alternitive school for 9 wks, plus will be going to juvenile court. what should I except to happen. Can she be sent off to YDC, or put in foster care for this action? She was read her maranda rights and questioned with o...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    The juvenile court consequences for possession of marijuana at school will depend upon your child's prior record, if any. If this is the first time that she has gotten into trouble, then it is unlikely that she will be sent to a YDC or other placement outside your home. I strongly recommend that you retain an attorney to represent her even if this is a first offense. No matter what the juvenile court decides, another potential consequence from this case is that she will likely be subject to a driver's license suspension because the offense occurred at school. The period of suspension is the lesser of one year or until she reaches age 18. She may be able to get a limited driving permit or avoid the suspension entirely if it will cause undue hardship. Be sure to explore this issue with her attorney once he or she has been retained. Good luck!

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  • 4 tickets driving without a license what is going to happen and can it be fixed?

    has a license from his county but not a usa one

    Jennifer’s Answer

    A person with a valid license from his or her home country may be eligible to use that license to drive in Georgia if he or she is lawfully present in the United States. Additionally, he or she would need to present an international driving permit if the license from the home-country is not printed in English. Georgia law has become much tougher in penalizing these violations. Anyone convicted of a fourth offense within five (5) years may face a felony. This person needs to hire a criminal defense attorney to investigate possible defenses to these charges and likely will need to meet with an immigration lawyer to determine if convictions for these offenses could make him subject to deportation.

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  • What does a careless driving ticket in South Carolina transfer as to the Georgia DDS?

    I recently received a ticket in South Carolina for careless driving which is a reduced charges from an alleged DUI. My lawyer has done amazing work but I wanted to know if a careless driving offense transferred to my Georgia MVR as a reckless driv...

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    The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) developed a dictionary for use by all states in exchanging conviction and suspension information. The AAMVA Code Dictionary (ACD) contains an assigned three digit alphanumeric code for each offense. Convictions reported from other jurisdictions are added to a Georgia resident’s driving history as if he or she had been convicted in Georgia, and the consequences for a Georgia conviction for an equivalent offense are triggered. The ACD code for careless driving is M81, which Georgia would treat as equivalent to a conviction for a violation of O.C.G.A. §40-6-241, and three (3) points are assigned. Your SC attorney can check with the DMV in that state to verify that M81 is what will be sent.

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  • Suspended registration citation, did not know insurance had lapsed as insurer did not inform me. . What do I do/say in court?

    I was on the way to the airport to drop my parents off when I got pulled over in Locust Grove, GA for suspended registration. I had no idea my insurance had lapsed and even showed the police my proof of insurance for the whole period i had my car ...

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    The officer will be required to prove that you had notice of the suspension of your registration, but he/she can satisfy this element of the crime by proving that a notice was sent to you from the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), even if you did not receive the letter. A conviction for a violation of O.C.G.A. 40-6-15 can trigger a driver's license suspension and another suspension of your vehicle's registration. You may be eligible for a limited driving permit if you are convicted of this offense depending upon your prior driving record, but the vehicle could not be driven by anyone for 6 months if the conviction is reported to DOR. You should retain an attorney to represent you. He/she could help you negotiate for a plea to a lesser offense that would only carry a fine without any consequences for your license or the vehicle's registration. Documentation showing that the registration and insurance are up-to-date will be absolutely necessary. He/she also may identify legal challenges to the stop that could get the whole case dropped.

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  • First time offender DUI.. Rolling stop charge .. Blowed .10 , City of Covington GA .. Age 23 can it be reduced ?

    Age 23 , live with parents.. I have two jobs.. Never been in trouble.. What should I plea?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    The opinion of the arresting officer weighs heavily in the decisions of this court's prosecutor as to whether he will be willing to consider reducing a DUI to reckless driving. Were you polite and cooperative when dealing with the officer, or did you fight him and call him names? Another factor that could impact your case is whether you were involved in an accident. As the other responses have advised, I strongly urge you to retain an attorney to explore all aspects of your case and fight to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

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  • Interlock device recorded 2 fails within 4 hours. What can I expect to happen?

    I have 2 DUIs and required having an interlock device installed into my car. Had it for 3 months now with no issues. Early Saturday morning, I gargled mouthwash as I was getting ready to leave for Athens to get some work done and make it to commun...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It is not clear if you are asking about the possible consequences for your probation or for your limited driving permit. It sounds like you have taken the right steps by contacting your lawyer in case the positive readings are reported to your probation officer. If your question relates more to your ignition interlock permit, the good news is that you are not in jeopardy of losing it as a result of this incident. The driver's license laws do not penalize drivers when a vehicle with an interlock will not start due to a positive reading for alcohol. You only risk losing your permit if you fail to report for monitoring, the interlock provider discovers that you have tampered with the device, or if you are charged with a new moving violation.

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  • How do I get a mandatory license suspension amended if the case is already closed?

    Reinstated on 1/24/2014 license suspended again on 1/27/2014 due to driving w/o registration in july 2012 I do not live on bus line and have other places to travel besides to and from work and drs. appts I really need my license back before May ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    If the reinstatement on 1/24 was for DUI, then you are facing a "hard" 120 day suspension with no permit. Did you have a lawyer on the suspended registration charge? If not, you might want to consult an attorney to see if the 1/27 plea can be undone.

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  • Have limited permit after a 2nd DUI in GA but can I get one with less restrictions????

    I had a DUI in KY in 2012 and a second DUI in 2013 in GA where I reside. I have cleared everything with KY and done all my classes/treatments and now have a limited permit in GA once again. However, the limited permit has Class 0 Restrictions fo...

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    Legally, the DDS cannot give you a permit that allows more driving while you are under the interlock requirement. The restrictions will be loosened to include transporting your unlicensed kids to school and the doctor once the interlock restriction is satisfied.

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