How Does the Cobb County Diversion Program Help People Facing Criminal Charges?

How Does the Cobb County Diversion Program Help People Facing Criminal Charges?

Criminal convictions can have a profound effect on your ability to find a job or a place to live ¾ potentially for the rest of your life.  But accused or indicted individuals who meet a strict set of requirements may qualify for the Cobb County diversion program in lieu of normal criminal prosecution. Avoiding prosecution affords individuals who successfully complete the program with distinct advantages while decreasing the burden on the criminal courts. The program is available to Cobb County residents at least 17 years old with no prior criminal record when they meet all requirements identified by the Cobb Judicial Circuit guidelines. Some of the primary requirements include: Response to the diversion petition by the victim of the crime Agreement by the offender to meet the program requirements Performance of community service Gainful employment or full-time student status unless the offender is a homemaker The pretrial diversion program in Georgia does not accept individuals charged with violent or most drug-related crimes. And even after the Assistant District Attorney identifies a person as a possible candidate for the program, he or she must undergo a detailed investigation of personal history, criminal record, employment and other considerations. But successful completion of the program results in dismissal of the charges, allowing offenders to continue their lives without the stigma of a criminal conviction on their records. The criminal defense lawyers at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP have extensive prosecution and judicial experience, allowing us to develop an effective defense for their clients. Whenever possible, we look into any legal options to avoid prosecution to help clients emerge from...
Roadblocks in Georgia,  DUI and Drug Offenses

Roadblocks in Georgia, DUI and Drug Offenses

Most of us have driven up to a police “check points” or “roadblocks” where we have been stopped and questioned by an officer.  There are several different reasons given by law enforcement officials for these roadblocks.  For example, some roadblocks are described as “safety checks” where the officers are looking to see if the driver and his or her passengers are wearing seatbelts.  Other roadblocks are to check the validity of the individual’s driver’s license, proof of insurance and/or proof of vehicle registration.  Regardless of the stated purpose of the detention, a police roadblock is often a “net” that allows the police to “catch” many different types of criminals.  DUI drivers, drug traffickers, drivers of stolen vehicles, and fugitives with outstanding warrants are just some of the individuals that get nabbed. The United States Supreme Court and Georgia Courts have long upheld the validity of roadblocks as an effective crime fighting tool under certain circumstances.  The Courts have said that roadblocks that have as the primary purpose the detection of general criminal wrongdoing will not survive the scrutiny under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution but others that have certain specific reasons for establishing roadblocks will pass Constitutional muster.  Some of the Court approved legitimate purposes for roadblocks include:  driver’s license checks, vehicle registration checks, sobriety checks, and the interception of illegal aliens. Because the Courts do not like the police to stop motorists without some showing that they have committed a crime or at least a traffic violation, case law has set out certain guidelines the police must follow in order for a roadblock to be deemed...