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Defense attorney keeps client from going back to jail
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Oct 11, 2012 | 1836 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A defense attorney’s tenacious argument may have persuaded the court to allow his client a chance at rehab instead of prison.

Tiffany Woodard was in Jones County Superior Court Sept. 20 for a bond revocation hearing. At the end of the proceeding, Chief Judge William Prior revoked the defendant’s bond and ordered her incarcerated. However, he added the caveat that, when she is enrolled in an inpatient rehab program, she can be transferred.

Assistant District Attorney Keagan Goodrich began the state’s argument for Woodard’s revocation with an overview of her criminal history. She said the defendant was arrested for VGCSA possession of meth with the intent to distribute and possession of a knife Aug. 16. She was already on bond in Twiggs County but was released on another bond. Two weeks later Woodard was arrested for possession of meth and marijuana.

“She has violated the conditions of the bonds and I ask she be revoked,” Goodrich said.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Bushway explained the reason Woodard’s bond was continued was so she could provide assistance to the Sheriff’s Department, but she did not.

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