How do I get a charge dropped?

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How do I get a charge dropped?

My husband was locked up last month for a misdemeanor charge (shoplifting) while on probation. I bonded himout the same night but he was put back into jail when his felony probation officer found out the next month. Now I would like to very much get him out as soon as possible, and by doing that I need to find out how to get the charge against him dropped and get in contact with probation officer. I have left countless messages on her phone but never got any phone calls returned. Should I hire a criminal lawyer to help me? In Gwinnett, GA.

Asked on June 12, 2011 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Your husband absolutely needs a criminal defense attorney. Bottom line, you cannot get the charges dropped if he indeed committed the act and was caught on tape. The prosecutor may consider a plea but that may or may not help the continuation of his existing probation. At times, even if the charges are dropped, and depending on the conditions under which he is on probation, his probation may still be revoked and he may wind up with a longer sentence. So the best bet at this point is to meet with a criminal defense attorney and discuss with the attorney both the current charges and his previous conviction and probation. Bring with you all documentation you have and discuss everything, all options.


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