Legal Question in Criminal Law in Georgia

How Pro-se defendant can prevent previous criminal record (1 felony) from being mentioned or submitted in unrelated misdemeanor trial.

Asked on 7/12/12, 2:44 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Lawrence Lewis Lawrence Lewis, P.C.

A felony can always be used to impeach a testifying witness. A felony conviction can typically be used as a similar transaction. A felony can be used in aggravation of punishment. You need to retain an attorney, before your "little" misdemeanor lands you in jail for 4 months. Good luck.

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Answered on 7/12/12, 3:10 pm

Glen Ashman Ashman Law Office

You have two choices. You can try to represent yourself, not understand how such testimony can be admitted (and your representing yourself makes it easier) and get up to 12 months to serve. Or you can get a lawyer.

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Answered on 7/12/12, 4:12 pm
S. Carlton Rouse Rouse & Co., LLC

Your best solution is to avoid the trial all together. For instance, there typically are motions that can be made in most cases to limit or exclude evidence which in turn limits what the prosecutor can prove. Alternatively, lawyers often have direct experience working with prosecutors trying the case which helps in settlement discussions. Either way, you will benefit from professional assistance moving forward. Contact a local lawyer to get further information and to negotiate a fee that is feasible for you and your family.

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Best of luck,

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Answered on 7/14/12, 5:34 am

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