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  • Do I have a good defense for Theft By Deception charge?

    I owned a trailer dealership in early 2014. We sold trailers online, over the phone and in person. After having a few bad months we decided to sell off assets and close. We continued to take orders but only small ones that could be filled quickly ...

    George’s Answer

    First - I would recommend that you not post any specifics about your case on a public online forum. The information you posted is accessible to everyone - including law enforcement and the DA..
    Second - Based on the information in your question it would appear that you could have numerous legal defenses to the charges.
    Third - If the alleged victims have been refunded their monies it is quite possible that the District attorney may be agreeable to closing the case without continuing the prosecution especially if the case hasn't been indicted by a Grand Jury.
    Fourth and Finally - I would recommend that you contact an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney in the area that regularly practices in that court. Many times the attorney may be able to negotiate a resolution to your case. I would not recommend that you try to handle this complicated case on your own without an attorney. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!!!
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  • Is it worth going to court for my speed ticket? 90 mph at a 70mph

    I driving to Savannah.

    George’s Answer

    The simple answer to your question is - YES, it is worth fighting your speeding ticket. There are numerous reasons to fight this ticket. The most obvious are 1) to prevent points on your license and 2) prevent your insurance rates from skyrocketing for years to come. In addition to these reasons if you are Under 21 and a licensed GA driver you certainly need to fight this citation because it could have serious affects on your GA Drivers License. You can try negotiating a reduction in the speed with the prosecutor so that the citation will not be a Super Speeder - resulting in additional fines and the possibility of a license suspension if you fail to pay the Super Speeder citation in a timely manner.
    Quite frankly, given all of the serious consequences of being convicted for 90/70 I would recommend that you not take a chance by trying to represent yourself - hire an experienced local attorney that regularly practices in that court to represent you on the citation. Doing so could save you a fortune in increased insurance rates, Super Speeder Citation fines and the associated hassle of trying to represent yourself. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!
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  • Under what circumstances can I have my criminal record expunged in the State of Georgia?

    I recently pled guilty to, and was convicted of three misdemeanor charges in the State of Georgia. My attorney and I were able to obtain a plea deal from the prosecuting attorney, and I was assessed fines, as well as probation. A friend of mine ...

    George’s Answer

    Unfortunately, your paralegal friend is not up to speed on Expungements in GA. In Georgia if you are Convicted of a Crime, that Conviction cannot be Expunged or Restricted from your Criminal Record. In fact, in most cases a Guilty plea or a Conviction on a Criminal Charge means that it will remain on your GA Criminal History for the REST OF YOUR LIFE. There are a few special circumstances that do allow a Criminal record to be Restricted - 1) If you entered the Plea under the GA First Offenders Act and you complete all of the terms and conditions of the First Offender the charge will be discharged. 2) If you were Under 21 when you entered the Guilty Plea to a Misdemeanor and more than 5 years has passed. I would recommend that you talk to your original Criminal Defense Attorney about this and not rely on Paralegals or other friends that are not familiar with current Georgia law. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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  • I have a 14 over speeding ticket in Georgia. Will points be assessed to my Florida driver's License?

    I am a Florida resident with a Florida driver's license. I have recently got a ticket in Gordon County, Georgia. The citation states that I was doing 90 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. After receiving the citation, I contacted the officer who issued the cit...

    George’s Answer

    I would recommend that you hire an experienced local attorney who regularly practices in that court. For a driver with a Georgia License - a speeding ticket for 14 mph or less will not access any points on the Georgia license. However, if a driver is from out of state, Georgia courts regularly report all speeding tickets regardless of how much over the speed limit. It is my understanding that Florida will access 3 points for a speeding charge up to a certain speed over the limit. * I DO NOT practice in Florida - if you have any Florida Specific questions about accessed points in Florida you should address them to the Florida section in AVVO.com. I recently had a case where a Florida Driver was cited for 14 mph over the limit. We were able to negotiate a resolution to a different charge that would not be reported to Georgia or Florida. This prevented my Florida licensed client from receiving any points on his Florida license. This resolution also should prevent my client form having his vehicle insurance rates from skyrocketing. I hope this information has been helpful. Good Luck!!!
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  • My son is 18yrs old He has had his license for about 2months & got a ticket doing 90mph in a 55 or 65 mile hr zone on a 2 lane.

    Do you think his license will be suspended?? Or do you think I need to go to court & fight it??

    George’s Answer

    Under 21 Drivers face special penalties in GA. As an Under 21 Driver he is facing a License Suspension, Fines on the Speeding Citation, a Super Speeder (and the associated fine) and having his/your insurance rates - SKYROCKET! I would advise him to consult with and hire an experienced local Criminal Defense attorney that regularly practices in that court. Hiring an attorney to represent him could be one of the best decisions he can make. Please take this Speeding/Super Speeder situation SERIOUSLY!!! It is allot easier to prevent a Drivers License Suspension than it is to deal with all of the problems and expense that will occur if he is Convicted. Good Luck!!!
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  • Can I and How do I request a modification of my probation sentence?

    I was sentenced to 8 years do 3, (3) suspended that I complete drug court in Cobb, Ga. I graduated from drug court 03/2015 and have been on probation since graduation. I am currently on non adminsitrative/non report probation, but I still show "...

    George’s Answer

    It is possible for you to file for the early Termination of your probation. If you have completed all of the terms and conditions of probation, are simply waiting on the time period to expire and have the support and blessing of your probation officer the Judge may be willing to agree to early Termination. However, it is a good idea to have additional reasons for wanting the early termination rather than - I just don't want to be on non-reporting probation any more. For example, if you are applying for jobs that require you not to be on probation or you are trying to go to school and your probationary status is causing a problem, etc. these could be valid reasons to request early termination of probation. In my experience Judges look for other reasons to early Terminate a defendant's probation other than they are tired of being on probation. Finally, it is usually a better idea to be represented by an experienced attorney that regularly practices in that court rather than trying to do this procedure by yourself. I hope this information is helpful to you! Good Luck!
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  • Will a person be jailed for misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, no DUI. No use since the arrest last mo.

    Stopped for cracked tail light. Nothing fishy about the bust. Prior misdemeanor in 2010 for "theft by taking" restriction made and probation satisfied. There is no money for a lawyer. Court is July 19.

    George’s Answer

    My recommendation would be for you to hire your own attorney to represent you, or to apply for a Public Defender if you qualify. Usually in my area of the state (south Georgia) jail isn't ordered on a 1st offense Misd. Possession of Marijuana case. However, you are technically looking at up to 12 months in Jail. You are facing up to $1,000 in Fines - Plus the associated court costs. Many times the associated court costs and fees will tack on several more hundred dollars. Then you are going to have to pay Probation fees if you are placed on probation, plus pay for any Drug Tests and Counseling as ordered by the court. I understand that you think there is nothing that you can do to defend yourself in this case, but I have often been able to get cases Dismissed or Reduced after a detailed review of the State's case. So I believe that you should at least consult with an Experienced, Local Criminal Defense Attorney before your court date. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!
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  • What will happen if I ask them to let me do my probation time in prison instead?

    I'm on 9 years of first offenders for a felony charge and I honestly can't handle probation. Its not that I'm doing anything wrong. I pay all my fines, I pass all my drug test. The problem is, I'm homeless more often then not and they put a warran...

    George’s Answer

    I would advise you to pay off all of your fines and fees, not get charged with any new crimes, pass all of your drug tests, report as directed to your Probation Officer (basically, comply with all of the terms and conditions of your probation) and after 2 years you will be placed on Non-reporting Probation. If it is Probation for a regular crime, if it is a Sex Offense you will have to complete all of your probation time while under supervision. If you can make it through the first 2 years you should be - OK. If you don't want to do probation then you can be ordered to serve your sentence in PRISON. Most people don't want to serve PRISON time. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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  • Can a judge say you can't talk or see a person anymore just simply because you got arrested together

    We had different charges and both of us have gone to court and gotten our sentence yet his mom say the judge said that we can't be friends anymore like hangout talk or see each other anymore I don't belive it i think it's just his mom

    George’s Answer

    In my area of Georgia (south Georgia) it is a fairly common condition of probation that a person on probation not have contact with co-defendants and/or other probationers. A judge is free to order this condition be added to the standard terms and conditions of probation if the judge believes it is necessary. If this was a condition of your probation it should have been explained to you by your probation officer. You should have a copy of the terms and conditions of your probation, if you don't, get a copy from your attorney or your probation officer. That way you can make sure that you understand EXACTLY what you are required to do while on probation. You don't want to violate any of the terms and conditions of your probation and have a Probation Revocation filed against you. If this happens you are at risk of having your probation Revoked and being incarcerated instead of free to go about your life while on probation. I hope this information is helpful to you. Good Luck!
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  • Why was I released

    I was arrested on an armed robbery charge, Me an my codifendant was serving time in jail but I bonded out an he had to stay cause he didn't get a bond.. 7 months he was released for jail an on the county site the charges said dismissed.. Two years...

    George’s Answer

    Without more information it is virtually impossible to give you an informed answer. Quite frankly the possibilities of what could have happened are virtually endless. For example: The Co-Defendant could have cooperated with law enforcement and/or the DA and received a deal to plead to a lesser crime. Or, the charge against the Co-Defendant could have been Dismissed or Nolle Prossed by the DA's office for many different reasons.
    I would suggest that you retain an experienced Criminal Defense attorney - ASAP. You should keep in mind that Armed Robbery is one of GA's 7 deadly sins and carries a Mandatory Prison sentence. Please do not ignore the serious situation you are in because doing so could result in you being sent to PRISON. I hope this information has been helpful to you. Good Luck.
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