I pled guilty to a felony shoplifting charge in Georgia under the First Offender's Act, thus receiving 6 years probation, a fine, and community service. At the end of the probationary period, I would be able to expunge the offense and would also be able to avoid having the charge appear on a background check during the same period.
After moving to another county and transferring my probation there, I was called into the office for being behind on my community service and given a drug screen. I failed the screen, was threatened with prison time, probation revocation, and/or CPS- the only option being a treatment program given by the county which lasted 1-2 years and would require quitting my job (the only i income for my family at the time). I panicked and stupidly fled to another state where I would be very unlikely to be extradited from.
I have since gone through drug rehabilitation and straightened my life out (with this obvious exception).
You need to hire a Georgia attorney - sooner rather than later - to start sorting this out for you. But quite honestly, you're going to be fighting an uphill battle. You're at risk of losing your First Offender status, being adjudicated guilty, and being re-sentenced. Running away certainly didn't help, and the longer you stay gone, the worse it's going to get for you. So - definitely find a local attorney, and be prepared for the fact that you will probably be asked to turn yourself in on the probation warrant.
Yeah, you can run but you can't hide. Your best bet is to hire an attorney here and let them manage this situation. Congratulations on rehab! Please do not let a warrant hang you up. An attorney could really help you here.
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