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Atlanta Probation Violation – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Atlanta Probation Violation – Criminal Defense Atlanta

If you are lucky enough to get probation after being convicted of a crime, you will have to follow strict rules. The consequences for breaking those rules, called probation violation, can be severe and may include steep fines or jail time.

Providing criminal defense for probation violation I take very seriously. I know I am holding your future in my hands.


Understanding Probation Violation

Atlanta Probation Violation – Criminal Defense AtlantaIn order to understand probation violation, you must know the rules of probation.

In Georgia generally, probation is a punishment for committing a crime that allows you to spend less time in jail or avoid jail time altogether. In exchange for this leniency, you agree to certain restrictions on your life.

Common probation rules require you to:

  • Meet with your probation officer on a set schedule
  • Attend counseling related to your offense, such as drug or alcohol abuse or anger management
  • Get random drug tests
  • Stay in a specific geographic area and/or wear a monitoring device
  • Avoid contact with known criminals, such as members of your gang or other associates
  • Perform community service

Probation is usually available only for misdemeanors and first-time offenders.

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Consequences of Probation Violation

Breaking  the law while on probation in Georgia can cause you twice the amount of trouble.  Not only is it a probation violation, but it also opens a new criminal  case against you, separate from the violation charge.

There are technical violations and when you break any of these rules you are in trouble

  • Skip a meeting with your probation officer
  • Fail a urine test
  • Associate with people you are supposed to avoid
  • Fail to pay ordered fines or restitution

If you commit a new crime while on probation here are some of the potential consequences:

  • Extension of the length of your probation
  • Short jail stay followed by continuation of probation
  • Revocation of probation, resulting in the jail time you had previously avoided
  • Payment of a fine

If you have been charged with a probation violation, Edward Adams an Atlanta criminal defense attorney will fight to keep you out of jail, and will vigorously challenge the alleged probation violation. Because each case is different, your particular situation must be carefully reviewed to determine how best to challenge the alleged probation violation.


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It is very fulfilling to have this kind of impact and leaves me feeling that I am truly making a difference.

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While it is important to steer the young to a crime-free-life, the not-so-young can also become crime-free and productive citizens. They also have expressed their gratitude to me.

The previously cited cases were accomplished through “plea bargains.” However, sometimes trials are unavoidable. The case that I remember most involved an aggravated assault.

My client was observed by several people while he was pointing a pistol at another group of individuals. He was firing shots. No one was hurt but everyone was frightened.

Despite the evidence, my client insisted on a trial. This is everyone’s right. He claimed that he was only playing and did not intend to harm anyone.

Despite a vigorous defense, he was convicted. He was sentenced to a very lenient two years.

Several years later, I was sent an invitation to attend a new church. Intrigued, I attended. To my surprise, the Pastor was my client! He expressed the opinion that because he received a sentence for less than he deserved, he was able to turn his life around. He thanked me for my efforts and I thanked him for sharing his successes with me!

I am delighted with the feedback I have gotten from my clients over the years. Here are some:

“Thank you for discussing my case so clearly and honestly-with me and with my parents. Even though I gave my permission, you were not required to spend so much time with my folks. It made them feel so much better.”

“Thank you for returning our calls so promptly! More importantly, thank you for answering your phone personally! It is so helpful not to have to go through other people to get to you!”

“You are a wonderful attorney! It is easy to see that you really care about your clients! I got probation, no jail time, and you even stayed in touch with me when my case was over.

Thank you!”

I just wanted to write you a thank you letter for helping out my daughter… She is getting her life together and getting past all of this. Thank you so much for being such a fast acting attorney who knows what he needs to do.

“You worked so hard for me–your fees are more than reasonable and you did a wonderful job for me in keeping me out of a trial situation!”

“You came to see me in jail when I asked and was scared.

Thanks so much!”

“Mr. Adams, you answered all my questions and always got back to us promptly!”

“Ed, you worked so diligently on my son’s case! I couldn’t believe the fee you charged for all the work you did!”

“Ed, you are a wonderful negotiator! You were able to plea bargain my childs case and avoid a trial!”

‘Our son was so frightened when he made the mistake of shoplifting. You were so wonderful about reassuring him and us, and you got him probation as well as a referral to a community program. He got back to a normal AND crime-free life with no time served!

Thank you!”

“Ed, My child’s felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor–probation only–and I think he learned his lesson. So many attorneys promise things that they don’t deliver. I was impressed with your own moral character  I think it is giving him the courage to live up to your faith in him.

Thank you!”

Hello Ed! I wanted to send you a letter to let you know how much that I appreciate all that you have done for me. I’ve listened to some real horror stories about the lack of representation. I’m so very fortunate that my mother brought me to your firm. That the representation you gave me was excellent. I realize that the respect that the D.A. has for you and your firm is the reason for the leniency that I was given. I would also like to say thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to visit me. It is unusual to me for someone I’ve known for such a short time to show me the kindness you have.

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Fraud Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Fraud Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Depending on what sort of fake ID you have and how you use it, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony. Misdemeanor false i.d. charges carry a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in state prison.

Providing criminal defense is something I take very seriously. I know I am holding a person’s future in my hands.


Fraud Criminal Defense

Using a fake ID may seem like a rite of passage for many, and the crime’s abundance may make it seem victim-less. But for the people actually caught using one, (or indeed even the stores caught selling to someone using them), the punishments can be severe and costly. 

In Georgia possession of a fake id is a misdemeanor the first time your caught.

If you get caught a second time it’ll be a felony.

That is why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who can tell you how to minimize your sentence, explain your rights, and possibly get the conviction expunged from your record.

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Top Types Fraud Crimes

The top fraudulent crimes that juveniles are charged with are:

  • Writing Bad Checks
  • Impersonating Another Person
  • Committing Fraud Via E-Mail
  • Fake ID or Drivers License 

In Georgia, the use of a fake I.D. is usually charged as “possession of a fraudulent identification document” or “fraudulent use of a driver’s license.” You can face these charges for use of a fake driver’s license, passport, birth certificate or other form of I.D.


Vandalism Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Vandalism Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Most vandalism or criminal mischief cases are charged as misdemeanors.

If more than $1,500 worth of property is damaged, the case may be charged as a felony. In either case, it’s important to contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to keep the charge from resulting in a permanent criminal record.

Providing criminal defense is something I take very seriously. I know I am holding your future in my hands.


Vandalism Criminal Defense

Juvenile Vandalism Offenses - Criminal Defense Atlanta

Some may say it’s “just boys being boys”, but law enforcement officials and district attorneys say otherwise. If you or a loved one is facing charges of criminal mischief, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney capable of winning criminal trials in Georgia courts.

At the law office of Edward Adams, we are committed to defending the rights of juveniles throughout Georgia, including Atlanta metro areas. Edward Adams, has over 30 years experience in criminal trial law. I understand how the prosecution approaches criminal mischief cases and can help.

Don’t let a one-time mistake ruin your good name. If you are facing charges of criminal mischief it is important to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

When a underage child is charged with vandalism or defacing of property a parent of a minor child may be ordered to pay fines resulting from their child’s vandal behavior under a “parental liability” theory.

It would benefit you and your child to call me to keep the charges to if not a minimum but to possibly get all charges dropped.

In Georgia the fine for vandalism is $500 or more depending on circumstances. Jail is 1 year and probation is 3 years.

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Understanding Vandalism

Vandalism is an offense that occurs when a person destroys or defaces someone else’s property without permission. Effects of vandalism may include broken windows, graffiti, damage to vehicles.

Vandalism is a broad category crime that is used to describe a variety of behaviors. Generally, vandalism includes any willful behavior aimed at destroying, altering, or defacing property belonging to another.

Common behaviors that may lead to a vandalism charge include:

  • Spray painting another’s property with the purpose of defacing
  • Egging someone’s car or window
  • Keying (or scratching) paint off of someone’s car
  • Breaking someone’s windows
  • Defacing public property with graffiti and other forms of “art”
  • Slashing someone’s tires
  • Defacing park benches
  • Altering or knocking down street signs
  • Kicking and damaging someone’s property with your hands or feet and several other behaviors.

In addition, a person who possesses the means to commit vandalism, including possession of a drill bit, glass cutter, or other substance, may also face vandalism charges under certain circumstances (for example, a person under eighteen who carries a can of spray paint at a park or on school grounds).


Robbery Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Robbery Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Robbery Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

There are many types of robbery. In all cases, an individual takes possession or ownership of a piece of property to which he or she is not entitled.

In crimes of false pretense, perpetrators obtain ownership rights through an act of deception that pertains to facts about the past or present. The transfer of title for that property is obtained through fraudulent acts.

I enjoy working with adults and minors do not hesitate to contact me if you need help. 

There may be a number of defenses available to a person who is facing robbery charges.

What you considered to be a small robbery charge can result in a seriously severe sentence if a judge is inclined to believe that you need it.


Robbery Criminal Defense

There are several defenses against robbery charges. Go fill out my free evaluation survey and we can determine which one is best for you.

  • Affirmative Defense:
    An affirmative defense is where one of the elements of robbery cannot be proved.  For example, if the defendant did not intend to “permanently deprive” the person of their property (i.e., they planned to return it later), it can serve as an affirmative defense.
  • Lack of Evidence:
    As in any criminal case, the prosecution must prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”.  If the prosecution cannot supply reliable evidence, the defendant cannot be found guilty.  Common examples of this are where the defendant’s whereabouts at the time of the crime can’t be determined.
  • “True Owner” Defense:
    It may be a defense if the defendant believed that they were the true owner of the personal property that they took.   Again, issue of the use of force must be dealt with- this defense will work best if the other party initiated an act of violence against the defendant.
  • Intoxication:
    If the defendant was intoxicated to the point where they could not form the required intent, it will serve as a defense.  This is true even if the defendant was voluntarily drunk or intoxicated.
  • Duress:
    Duress is where the defendant was forced to commit the crime under threats of serious physical injury or death.  This is a difficult defense to prove, since the defendant will usually have a sufficient amount of time to avoid committing the robbery

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Types of Robberies

  • Larceny

    Larceny is a crime in which the perpetrator gains possession of a piece of property, but not ownership rights. The larcenist takes possession of the property without permission from the owner, or with permission of the owner but for purposes contrary to that permission.

    The perpetrator may have asked to borrow a piece of jewelry for some specific event and instead sold that piece of jewelry even though they did not have ownership of that jewelry. The perpetrator did have permission to possess the jewelry, but only for a certain period of time. They were also expected to return the jewelry.

  • False Pretenses

    False pretense involve an individual that obtains ownership rights to property by taking place in an act of fraud. Crimes of false pretense often involve an act of deception that directly results in an individual giving up the ownership rights to a piece of property as a direct result of that act of deception.

  • Armed Robbery

    Armed robbery is generally the charge against a perpetrator that utilizes a weapon during the commission of a robbery. Robbery is the taking of property through the use of force, or threat of force. Armed robbers use a weapon to gain victim compliance.

  • Aggravated Robbery

    Aggravated robbery involves a perpetrator taking property from the person that has possession rights to the property while using force or threatening the use of force.

  • Bank Robbery

    Bank Robbery is a Federal crime which incurs very harsh sentences. Those sentences can be affected by the seriousness, or degree of the crime.

  • Piracy

    Copyright infringement is very common. Many times, the perpetrators will violate a copyright in order to make copies of artistic material in order to sell those copies and make a profit.

  • Burglary

    Burglary involves the illegal entry of a structure with the intent of committing another crime. The other crimes include a number of possible intents.

  • Looting

    Looting is a crime that takes place when the owner of a structure, or piece of property, is unable to protect that structure or the contents of that structure and individuals remove items during that time.