Criminal Misdemeanor Questions

Is there a way to keep a shoplifting charge off my record?

 

My neighbor has taken out a warrant against me, and there is a hearing date.  What should I do?

 

I got a DUI.  Can you get me a temporary driver’s permit?

 

My probation has been revoked.  Will I have to go to jail?

 

I got a ticket.  Do I have to come to my hearing or can my attorney just do it for me?

 

Should I let the police search my car if they stop me?

 

I am under 21 and got a speeding ticket.  Will I lose my license?

 

 

 

Is there a way to keep a shoplifting charge off my record?

In first time shoplifting cases, the attorneys are often able to negotiate something called pre-trial diversion.  The result is the Defendant would participate in community service, attend some films or meetings where the focus is the cost of shoplifting on society, and then the charges would be dismissed.  Individual cases vary.  Call us to discuss your particular situation.



My neighbor has taken out a warrant against me, and there is a hearing date.  What should I do?

 

In Georgia, an individual can take a warrant out against someone by going to the Magistrate Court judge and applying for a criminal warrant.  The Magistrate Court Judge will then review the information and determine if a warrant should be issued.  If there is some question in the judge’s mind as to whether there is good evidence that a crime occurred that the prosecuting attorney would actually want to prosecute, then the matter is set down for a hearing.  These are called warrant application hearings.  If you are a Defendant, these are very important hearings; because this is your chance to stop a criminal case before you are ever formally arrested or formally charged.  Don’t take an unnecessary risk.  Consult with an attorney today.

 


I got a DUI.  Can you get me a temporary driver’s permit?

If this is your first DUI, or if you have not had any transgressions against your license for the past five years, or ever, there is a possibility that we can negotiate a permit for you to drive from home to work.  This varies from case to case.  Call us to discuss your options and hear what we can do for you at 770 277 4944.

 


My probation has been revoked.  Will I have to go to jail?

You need representation at any revocation hearing.  It would not be wise for you to consider going alone.  Consult with an attorney regarding your unique situation at 770 277 4944.



I got a ticket.  Do I have to come to my hearing or can my attorney just do it for me?

Rarely, a client may not have to appear at his hearing.  There have been times when an appearance has been waived and an attorney allowed to represent the client alone, but this occurs only in unique situations such as a soldier on active duty stationed out of the country, as in Iraq.  No one can give you a definite answer without hearing about your individual circumstances.  Call us for an analysis of your individual situation at 770 277 4944.

 

Should I let the police search my car if they stop me?

The short answer is “never voluntarily” allow the police to search your house, premises, or car.  Do not obstruct them if they search, but never volunteer permission.  Police are under no obligation to you to be forthright about their intention, so it is wise to never volunteer admittance.  You have the right to say politely, “I am sorry.  I cannot give you the admittance for which you are asking.  If you have authority to enter, I am not going to obstruct you.”  Even if they tell you that they are going to go get a warrant and that you might as well save time and let them in now, it is not wise to give your permission voluntarily.

 

I am under 21 and got a speeding ticket.  Will I lose my license?

Any moving violation which results in 4 or greater points will lead to administrative suspension of an underage driver.  Driving more than 23 miles over the speed limit is a 4 point or greater offense.  A nolo plea will not prevent this from happening.  This is an area of law that you should have legal representation.  Call us today and let us give you an expert legal opinion that might save your license.