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Q: If someone was sentenced to the RSAT program but they're not shipping due to COVID can they file a motion for less time

My friend was sentenced to the RSAT program on 10/20 but they're not shipping anyone off due to COVID. He wants to know can he file a motion of modification. Since his time doesn't start until he gets there.

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 18, 2020

You would need a valid, legal reason to file a motion for modification of sentence. If the reason is that the sentence will be longer than anticipated, it likely will not be granted. There is often a waiting list for RSAT and most people wait for months to get a bed in the program. If the RSAT... Read more »

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Q: Can I get a criminal trespass notification if I wasn't at someone's house or involved in a situation.

My boyfriends exwife took out a criminal trespassing warrant on us because she got mad at him when he dropped off the kids. I wasn't there and was at work but my name was on it too. Can she do that? Can I press charges for this?

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 18, 2020

It appears as though you have a defense to the criminal trespass. Depending on the circumstances, she could be charged with filing a false police report.

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Q: Juvenile Procedure Question

Hi. My juvenile daughter was arrested in March 2020, fingerprinted, mugshot taken, and released to my custody then. No information was provided then about why arrest or what the charges were. Then, in October 2020, we get a charge letter+ arraignment date in the mail. Was his right to a speedy... Read more »

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 16, 2020

The simple answer is no; his right to a speedy trial was not violated. That right becomes ripe once the case is indicted or accused. At that time the accused must assert his or her demand for a speedy trial.

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Q: How can I get my 17 yr old shoplifting charges drop?

Walmart shoplifting charges

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 16, 2020

I would request that you call me to discuss. Your question is unclear as to whether you mean the charges are 17 years old or the charges are for your 17 year old child. It also depends on what circumstances are surrounding the shoplifting charges and if it is a felony or misdemeanor.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: In Dekalb Co GA why does a defendant by default waive rights to a probable cause hearing when being bonded out of jail?

It doesn't seem fair that Dekalb Co police department doesn't have to answer before a judge on the probable cause that they had for my arrest because I chose to pay bond and seek my freedom until I prove my innocent during a trial. Seems to me as if that's a cover up for a possibly... Read more »

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Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 12, 2020

The preliminary or probable cause hearing is for the Magistrate Court to determine if there is sufficient probable cause for the charges and therefore sufficient probable cause to keep you in custody. You have a right to a probable cause hearing while in custody, but not necessarily if you have... Read more »

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Q: If I am on probation before a prior, separate charge has went to court. Will that violate that probation?

I was charged with violating family violence order an have yet to go to court for stalking charges. I got a dui 2 weeks later. I am just wondering about how the probation an the sentencing dynamic will play out after the dui sentencing. As well as any advice on "stalking by communication"... Read more »

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 9, 2020

If you are on probation for the DUI and that act was committed after the violation of the family violence order, then the prior offense cannot be used to violate your probation for the DUI. Generally, stalking must involve "harassing or intimidating" communications. If there is... Read more »

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Q: Can I pay with payments each week?

I really need a lawyer before January 5th I don’t have the money upfront but I can guarantee I will have it before trial which is Jan 5th 2021

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 8, 2020

Yes. You can pay a retainer and the rest in installments. What type of case and in what county?

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Q: In the state of Georgia must the defendant be indicted on charges before obtaining discoveries?

Must the case be brought before a grand jury in Dekalb County GA before the defendant and their legal counsel can obtain the discoveries regarding the accusations?

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 6, 2020

While it is sometimes possible to obtain certain items prior to indictment, the State has no legal duty to provide discovery material until the formal indictment has been filed. In my experience most prosecutors will have discovery at arraignment or within 10 days of arraignment.

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Q: Should there be a limitation on motions, regarding Rulings
Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 5, 2020

I would need additional information to properly answer the question. There are time limitations regarding appeals and motions to set aside certain rulings. Depending on the case, Judges need to specify the legal grounds for their findings and rulings.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Georgia on
Q: found gun in middle of road in georgia, how do i report it make sure its not stolen, or been involved in crim
Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 5, 2020

You can call the local nonemergency line or take it to your local precinct. Leave it in your vehicle prior to entering and let them know you found the firearm and where. They can run the serial number to see if it is registered. They will also need to take "test fires" to compare... Read more »

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Q: Is there anyway a no contact order can be modified if ordered by a judge

My boyfriend was charged for child molestation because I was 15 at the time. I’m pregnant with his child but I’m not able to have any contact at all until his court date which is in eight months

Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr. answered on Nov 3, 2020

It depends on the context for which the no contact order is in place. If he has not been convicted yet and the no contact provision is a part of his bond, he can file a bond modification to allow specific contact in relation to legitimation or child support. If he has been convicted, no contact... Read more »

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