Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Survey
A new survery was just released by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers showing society views on choosing a designated driver and preventing DUI drivers on the road has shifted. The survey found that most persons use a designated driver because the want to keep themselves and others safe. The significant penalties for a DUI arrest were less of a factor than originally thought. To learn more about the survey about Drunk Driving Click here.
Andrew Lynch Awarded Super Lawyer’s Rising Legal Star Status 2015
Andrew Lynch was awarded the status of Super Lawyer’s Rising Star 2015 for the area of Criminal Defense. This award is only given to the top 2.5% of lawyers throughout the county. Click here to see more.
“Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”
Dekalb County District Attorney’s Dialogue on Diversion Programs Overview March 25, 2014
Recently the Dekalb District Attorney’s office invited the local criminal defense bar to a lunch and learn to make sure their clients had all the knowledge about programs designed to give members of our community a second chance when facing a felony criminal indictment.
This talk made news in the legal newspaper Daily Report.
In short, the District Attorney’s office reviewed eligibility for the Dekalb County Recorder Court’s Diversion Program, Felony Superior Court Pre-Trial Diversion Programs and ARC programs, Drug Court, and Mental Health Treatment Courts.
Generally speaking, diversion programs are an option for first time nonviolent offenders. Usually upon completion all felony charges are dismissed. The program’s requirements very but usually are not as difficult as felony probation and expungement of the arrest is usually included when completed.
Drug courts will allow persons with prior convictions to be admitted, but require a plea to the drugs that will be withdrawn upon completion of the program but if the program is not completed then the Judge may enter the plea of guilty and consider the appropriate sentence. The point of Drug Court is to focus on treatment and sobriety.
A mental health court is an option for persons with mental health diagnosis who have a stable home life. Essentially the program is 18 months long and has no fees. Participants focus on treating and stabilizing their mental health issues. Upon completion their charges are dismissed.
Mann 4 Sheriff: Campaign to Keep Jeff Mann Sheriff of Dekalb County
Our office would like to take a moment and acknowledge current Dekalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann, who is running as the incumbent on May 20th. Sheriff Mann is a genuinely kind man who has served our community well for years.
Last night Andrew and many others from the Dekalb County legal community hosted an event for Sheriff Mann at Manuel’s Tavern.
Anyone who would like to learn more about Sheriff Mann please go to his website or Facebook page.
Please get out and vote for Sheriff Mann on May 20th!