Law Office of
Lynn M. Kleinrock
P.O. Box 49528
Atlanta, GA 30359
(404) 378-4840
Lynn Kleinrock has successfully represented clients at each step of the criminal justice system countless times.  You need a lawyer to fight for the best result for you, a lawyer who has years of experience with a track record of success.  You need a lawyer who is aware of all available options for either pretrial disposition or jury trial.  You do not want a lawyer who is learning criminal law while your liberty is at stake.  Lynn Kleinrock is an aggressive, bright, and creative attorney who will fight for you at all stages of the process.
 
Preliminary Hearing
If you are charged with a felony, you are entitled to a preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court while you are still in jail.  You may be able to have a preliminary hearing even if you are out on bond in some circumstances.  At the preliminary hearing, the State must establish probable cause to keep you in jail or to bind the case over to Superior Court.  This is often the first opportunity to find out what evidence the State might have against you in the criminal prosecution.  If you have a lawyer with you at this hearing, the lawyer will be able to cross-examine the State’s witnesses to help determine the strengths and weaknesses of the State’s case against you.
 
Bond Hearing
Your lawyer can request that a bond be set, if none was set in Magistrate Court, seek a bond reduction, or even obtain a signature bond.  Some serious criminal charges (such as murder, armed robbery, rape, and trafficking) require that a Superior Court judge decide the issue whether a bond can be set.  In such cases, your lawyer can petition the Superior Court for a bond.
 
After Indictment or Accusation Filed
If your criminal felony case is ultimately indicted, you will have an arraignment in Superior Court.  Misdemeanors are arraigned and tried in State Court.  This is your first opportunity to plead not guilty or to resolve your case.  Motions are usually filed at this time or shortly thereafter.  Your case may need a Motion to Suppress Evidence, to Suppress Statement or to Suppress Identification to be filed.  Each case is different and presents its own facts that needs an individual approach tailored to the particular situation.  The deadlines for filing these motions are very short -- you need to hire an attorney quickly to protect your rights.
 
The State normally does not provide discovery on a felony cases until some time after arraignment.  Misdemeanors usually have much more limited discovery.  Cases that were not resolved at arraignment are usually placed on another calendar a month or so later.  After further examination and investigation of the facts, sometimes a lawyer can convince the State to dismiss the case.  Sometimes a lawyer can persuade the State to reduce the felony charge to a misdemeanor charge instead, or to reduce the charge to a lesser felony.  Sometimes, after a review of the evidence and any necessary investigation has concluded, your lawyer must seek all avenues to reduce any potential sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.  Many cases are resolved at this point and those that are not will proceed to trial.
 
Jury Trial
At a jury trial, after the jury has been selected, the State will present its case with witnesses and exhibits.  Your lawyer will cross-examine the State’s witnesses.  While the defense does not have to produce any evidence in a criminal trial, if the defense does so, it will be after the State rests its case.  The State then cross-examines the defense witnesses.  Both attorneys make closing arguments to the jury, emphasizing the strengths of their cases.  Then the jury will decide whether to acquit or convict on each count of the indictment.
 
Alternative dispositions
In some counties in Georgia, there are alternative diversion programs or treatment courts that may be an available option in your case.  Lynn Kleinrock was involved in the DeKalb County Drug Court Program for two years and is very familiar with treatment courts.
 
Expungement
In some circumstances, you may be eligible to have an arrest expunged from your record.  Expungement law is very particular -- for more information, you should contact Ms. Kleinrock with the details of your situation.
 
Probation Violation Hearing
If you are on probation and your probation officer believes that you have violated the conditions of your probation, the officer will likely request an arrest warrant from the judge.  Or the officer may request a walk-in probation violation hearing to have you explain to the Court the problems with your probation.  Whether you are arrested or you have a walk-in hearing scheduled, the probation violation hearing can have serious consequences for you.  If the Court finds that you violated your probation, the Court can revoke your probation and sentence you to a period of incarceration, depending on the particular alleged violation, up to the balance of time you have left on probation.  Ms. Kleinrock has handled hundreds of probation violation hearings.  Even if you have violated your probation, Ms. Kleinrock is skilled at presenting mitigating circumstances to the Court, to lessen the potential revocation of probation.
Lynn Kleinrock is a criminal trial lawyer and criminal appeals lawyer who represents clients in Atlanta, Decatur, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, and Marietta, and throughout Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, and the entire Metro Atlanta area.
 
Disclaimer: The legal information presented on this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor does it create a lawyer or attorney-client relationship.  Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee.  Please contact my office at (404) 378-4840 for a consultation on your particular matter.