Can an officer give me a ticket?


Question: Can an officer serve a ticket outside his jurisdiction?

Answer: It depends on the situation. For example, if the police officer observed someone commit a moving traffic violation within her jurisdiction and the officer chases that person into another jurisdiction, the officer can give that person a citation for the violation.  If you have been cited for a traffic violation, contact Simmons Law for help.

I wrote bad checks how long does the felony stay on

Question: How long does a felony stay on your records for writing checks? I had written checks that I didn’t have money to cover.


Answer: Under current Georgia law, felony convictions are never eligible for restriction (also known as expungement).  A conviction of a felony will generally stay on the person’s criminal record permanently. However, under certain circumstances, O.C.G.A. § 35-3-37 allows a person’s criminal history to be restricted to prevent the public from accessing it.  


My niece stole two credit cards, what is she facing? (Law Q & A)


QuestionWhat type of punishment could my niece face after stealing two credit cards?  One card (a department store card) and she charged over $1200 on it. The other card (a company credit card) and she charged over $500 on it.

Answer: The type of punishment varies depending on what your niece is charged with.  For instance, if she is charged with theft by taking she is facing a misdemeanor, $500 or more, then 1 to 10 years.  If your niece does not have a criminal history she may qualify for a pretrial diversion program.  When you are faced with a criminal charge it is best to consult with an attorney.  A consultation with us could help you to understand the charges against you, the defenses available to you, what plea bargains might be offered to you, and what to do if you are convicted.