Macon, GA asked in Criminal Law for Georgia

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.

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Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
Tracy S. Reeves Jr.
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: 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 program was a result of helping with an addiction problem, you can propose an alternative, such as an intensive inpatient program in lieu of RSAT.

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