Inquiring Minds

Carrollton, GA

#1 May 31, 2011
Let me preface this with saying that I personally have never been arrested or experienced our judicial system first hand, and maybe that is why I do not understand how things are done.
Outlined below are two discrepancies with the Douglas County/City Judicial System, if anyone can explain how this is normal or to be expected, or the overall process I would really appreciate it.
The defendant is a female in her late 20s. She was arrested last year for shoplifting and possession of meth, misdemeanor and felony. She uses 1st offenders. She was arrested a few months later for shoplifting again. She spent a few weeks in jail. In April, she failed a scheduled drug test at probation, was not arrested on the spot (Douglasville Municipal Court / Judicial Services) She then left the state, the day she was to appear in court, also in April. Two violations of felony probation... She turned herself in last week, and spent 2 days in jail. How is this possible? How does one violate felony probation and not lose their first offenders? It was Judge Rollins, and her probation officer is a Mrs. Fowler...
The reason I ask this is for my second issue with the DC judicial system...
Several years back two teenage boys are arrested for vandalism. One of the boys father is a certain ADA now Judge in Douglas County, the other has no connections. They are both charged with felonies as the damage was more than $500. They both use 1st offenders. One boy (without any connections) gets a DUI, a few years later just months before the end of his probation. 1st offenders is revoked. The other boy has had many issues pertaining to drugs, failing drug tests, caught under the influence on house visits, etc. yet did not lose his first offenders?
With this being said, am I to assume that unless you know someone or are a female, you are pretty much screwed? I mean one can obviously assume that because of the one boys father, he has been getting out of trouble and has learned nothing of past mistakes... But as far as the female goes... Can anyone give me an instance of when a male violated felony probation, repeatedly, and served 2 days in jail? AND kept his 1st offenders?

Since: Sep 09

Fayetteville, GA

#2 Jun 1, 2011
I've seen where a middle-aged male had about 5 previous probation violations and had fled. He ended up with...probation. /facepalm
court watch

Douglasville, GA

#3 Jun 14, 2011
I'm never surprised at anything that happens in DC courts.
Are you saying the courts are biased towards males?
Brighten Mom

Duluth, GA

#4 Jun 14, 2011
Another great example of DC judicial system....1. The poor Tillman boy. Wasn't one of the kids who killed him on probation for drugs? or assault? something like that and had recently failed a drug test while on probation. And the car accident where the young girl was killed. Wasn't the driver who killed her out on bail for drugs/alcohol? I'm just saying this county is a mess.

Since: Feb 08

Douglasville, Georgia

#5 Jun 14, 2011
It's not just Douglas County that is a mess. It's everywhere. In the past I had a sideline business regarding background checks and real estate title exams. I was always amazed at the number of people who had records and were out walking around. Some counties WERE worse than others. For example, every 9 out 10 checks for Clayton County resulted in at least one record of some sort, and many people had more than one incident.

Since: Feb 08

Douglasville, Georgia

#6 Jun 14, 2011
.....We give people far too many chances with no real consequences.

Since: Oct 08

Atlanta, GA

#7 Jun 15, 2011
Everything happens in court because of who your attorney is and who the judge is. They all interpret the laws differently and they all look at the max or min punishment for each and every case. It's just the way the judicial system is set up. No real reason.

Douglasville, GA

#8 Jul 14, 2011
Inquiring minds, if she was arrested for the shoplifting (1st offense) and poss of meth at the same time, it would have went to Superior court and would be on state probation, not with JCS probation. That is because all felonies go through superior courts some misd charges go through City Court if made in the city, but the rest of the misd go through State court.

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