GA Family violence, dead docket, Should we go ahead and contact the judge/court and request this case to be processed?
she was bonded out 24hrs later, affidavit filed and case dead docked, allowing us to be together again all less than 2 weeks of the arrest. There has since been no information given regarding upcoming court dates and such.
This has happened in GA However the issue here is that, her employment opportunities are limited as dead docket cases in GA are indefinite, and if no action is ever taken by the judge or state prosecution then they are eligible to be petitioned for expungement and sealed only after a year for misdemeanors
During this time it will reflect on all background checks however
So my question: Should we go ahead and contact the judge/court and request this case to be reevaluated and summon tried? Hoping for dismissal perhaps...
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To begin, a case is only placed on dead docket if a person absconds from the jurisdiction of the Court. It would be temporarily put on hold, for example, if a Defendant failed to appear for Court or left the jurisdiction of the Court and cannot be located. Once that person is located the matter would re-open. The only way for a case to be closed is by verdict / adjudication. Your Wife should not contact the Court. If you feel compelled to reach out to the victim's advocate's office or the prosecuting attorney's office to inquire about the status then you may want to go that route, however my best advice is for your wife to hire an attorney to assist her in closing the case without a conviction.