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Patrick Lee Jarrett

Patrick Jarrett’s Answers

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  • My 20 year old son was arrested for DUI after blowing .02. Blood test came back negative for alcohol. Does he need a lawyer?

    My 20 year old son was stopped for speeding (ten over), blew .02 and was arrested for DUI. Blood test came back negative for alcohol. Letter with court date has charges being driving under the influence of drugs and speeding. I called to get blood...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Yes your son needs a lawyer. DUI law is complicated and the rules of evidence apply. Your son seems to have some arguments to be made. He needs to not speak with anyone other than a criminal defense attorney about the case.

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  • Can I travel outside of the states while starting probation misdemeanor?

    1. I have court in 4 days. April 22. 2. I will be doing a precourt aversion as this was my first misdemeanor (shoplifting below $50) 3. I will most likely get 12 months probation. But I don't know how soon that kicks in after ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with all the previous answers and want to second Mr Soloway's answer. You need to make sure that when you enter this diversion program that it is done in a manner that will not be considered a conviction for immigration purposes. Before entering this program, it is important to discuss with your criminal defense attorney the immigration consequences of entering this program.

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  • . How do I prove I didn't do it. They arrested me for changing the date on a perscription. Which I did not do.

    I took my perscription to the pharmacy at walmart and asked if I had to take all the meds on the perscription. I was told yes, They told me they would have to call the Doctor to ask him ,then they said there was no DEA number and the pharmasist di...

    Patrick’s Answer

    First, stop talking about the facts of this case on the internet. Second, you need to call a criminal defense attorney who practices in your area. An experienced attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. You do not need to be talking to anyone about this as everything you say will be used against you. If you cannot afford to hire private counsel, you need to contact your local public defender's office.

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  • I received a subpoena in the mail for arraignment. Am I going to jail?

    My mother called saying that I received a subpoena in the mail, and it said it's an arraignment. I do not have a criminal record I have never fought anyone or did anything illegal (I think). What should I do?

    Patrick’s Answer

    You need to speak with a criminal defense attorney before you speak with anyone about this case. You should not go to court without an attorney representing you. You listed this under Domestic Violence. Any domestic violence charges can be serious and have serious consequences if you are convicted going forward. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to sit down with you and explain what to expect and evaluate your case for you.

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  • If I can't afford to pay the court fees, what can I do?

    a few months ago i got arrested for shoplifting at walmart, it was $90 worth of stuff they said. My court date is coming up and I know that i'm going to have to pay court fees. My friend that got arrested for the same thing said that she had to p...

    Patrick’s Answer

    The other answer is correct. If you cannot afford an attorney, apply for a public defender. Your attorney may be able to work out a deal to allow you to enter into a pretrial diversion program wherein you complete conditions and get your case dismissed. That scenario is contingent upon the jurisdiction you are in.

    You may want to try to get a part time job to help you pay the fines and court costs. They will not just go away.

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  • What would my penalties be for first offense criminal trespassing

    Never been to jail

    Patrick’s Answer

    Mr. Reed is correct. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and is punishable by fine up to $1,000 and/or up to 12 months incarceration. If you need to find a criminal lawyer in your area, this website allows you to search for attorneys by practice area and geographic area. Also, you may want to go to the website for the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) and search the member directory for a GACDL attorney in your area.

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  • I was involved in a vehicle accident 3 days ago and am wondering should I handle this case alone. Not reading many good reviews

    I was stopped at a light. A driver rear ended me at full speed. He then got out of the car, asked me if I was alright and said he had to leave. He ran off. I have damage to my car and my body is in so much pain. My daughter and I was taken to...

    Patrick’s Answer

    Definitely no, you should not handle this case on your own.

    I agree with the prior posts. It is always unwise to deal with the insurance companies without representation. Most attorneys practicing personal injury law will offer a free consultation. You should meet with several until you feel comfortable with trusting one with your case. Just remember, you do not have to talk to the insurance company at this time. Focus on getting the medical treatment you and your daughter need and hire an attorney. Best wishes.

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  • Can a husband be required to pay his spouse's, attorney fees from his VA disability check for a divorce trial?

    Both husband and wife are over 65 . 14yr.marriage. Husband receives $4,000/mo VA disability benefits. Wife receives $1000/mo SSI Disability.

    Patrick’s Answer

    First this question is most appropriate for your attorney. If you don't have one, you need to get one. With that said, the husband can agree to pay attorney's fees. If the case remains contested, or if he issue of attorney's fees is not settled, I know in my jurisdiction, we can reserve the issue of attorney's fees for the Court.

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  • How long can cops wait to tell you the Miranda rights in Savannah Georgia?

    I was held in holding for 12 hours before the cops actually "booked" me. I was told to wait for court, which was another 4 hours later. It wasn't until court that night after 16 hours of being held that I was told my Miranda rights.

    Patrick’s Answer

    The police do not have to read the Miranda Warnings to you unless they intend to interrogate you or take a statement from you. This would be an issue if they took a statement from you while your were in custody. You should speak with an attorney about your case to determine what your options are.

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  • Should my son get a public defender for a misdemeanor drug possession (less than an ounce) charge in Duluth, GA?

    He was stopped for a cracked windshield. The officer asked if he smoked pot & then asked to search his car. My son said "no" but the officer proceeded to search. He was not under the influence. He has his court date on Friday, March 21st. He is a ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree with the other answers. Your son needs a lawyer, whether he retains one or qualifies for a public defender. The last thing he needs to do is walk into a courtroom and enter a plea without the assistance of a criminal defense attorney.

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