Child Abuse Registry: Why Fight? Victory Without a Contested Hearing in 20 minutes.

2020 Update to Georgia Child Abuse Registry law. Case closed in 20 minutes before the judge. A technical discrepancy created an issue which got a Child Abuse Registry (CAR) hearing ended in less than 20 minutes from roll call to decision. Technical discrepancies occur frequently. That doesn’t account for the couple of hours spent reviewing,Continue reading “Child Abuse Registry: Why Fight? Victory Without a Contested Hearing in 20 minutes.”

Court Ordered Rehabilitation-Pretrial

More or more often, Courts order drug/alcohol rehabilitation as a condition of any bond set for known drug abusers. These defendants happily agree. After spending months in rehabilitation, the defendant returns to Court to discover any negotiated resolution of their case requires time in prison. “What? I’m a new person. I’ve changed.” And yet, the StateContinue reading “Court Ordered Rehabilitation-Pretrial”

Negotiation

The week of February 8, 2016, Nancee Tomlinson spent the week advocating for a 17 year old who was charged with murder. Ed Tolley and Nancee Tomlinson resolved the cases for their clients to Aggravated Assault pleas. Both young men were charged with Malice Murder and Felony Murder, both of which carry a life sentenceContinue reading “Negotiation”