Atlanta-based law firm Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates practices in the field of post-conviction representation including representation before the Georgia Sexual Offender Registration Review Board, commonly referred to as SORRB. SORRB is responsible for determining the likelihood that a sexual offender will engage in another crime against a minor victim or commit a dangerous sexual offense. A sexual offender shall be placed into one of the three risk assessment classifications based upon SORRB’s assessment criteria and information obtained and reviewed by SORRB. The three risk assessment classifications are a Level I risk assessment classification, a Level II risk assessment classification, or a sexually dangerous predator classification. The offender may provide SORRB with information for SORRB’s consideration prior to a decision by SORRB. If SORRB determines that an offender will be classified as a Level II risk assessment classification or as a sexually dangerous predator, the offender may petition SORRB to reevaluate his or her classification by filing a petition for reclassification within 30 days from the date on the letter which contains SORRB’s risk assessment classification decision. The risk assessment classification of an offender is reported on the Georgia Sex Offender Registry which is maintained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Michael Kennedy McIntyre has built a career as a successful post-conviction attorney through his work with Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates, an Atlanta law firm he founded in 1985. In pursuing appeals, pardons, and parole for his clients, he relies on the support of the following members of his experienced staff.
Jessica A. Lexmond, Associate Attorney
Ms. Lexmond has represented clients of Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates since graduating from Emory University School of Law in 2008. While completing her law degree, she interned with the firm, as well as developed skills in criminal and appellate defense through internships with the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender and the Federal Defender Program.
Marla Blackmon, Parole Specialist
Ms. Blackmon’s career has seen her spend 24 years with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, where her last position was Assistant Director of Guidelines/Appeals Officer. Ms. Blackmon is also a former member of the Georgia Department of Corrections and has applied her expertise in both corrections and parole with Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates since 2012.
Erica Sessions, Office Manager
Ms. Sessions joined the firm in 2001. She is responsible for conducting consultations with potential clients of the firm and their families. A recipient of a bachelor of business administration from Georgia State University, she also oversees office functions as well as handles the firm’s financials.
Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates is an Atlanta, Georgia-based law firm that specializes in post-conviction representation. The firm offers a broad range of services and employs two former Parole Board employees to assist with the firm’s parole cases. Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates also work with offenders sentenced to life in prison. According to the State of Georgia Laws, the Parole Board will review cases of offenders sentenced to a defined period of time as they become eligible for parole and set a Tentative Parole Month (TPM). The TPM is the date when the Parole Board will make the final review of a case and decide whether to grant parole or not. However, for offenders sentenced to a life sentence, the TPM does not apply. The Parole Board reviews the cases of life offenders as they become eligible and decides whether or not to grant parole and, if parole is not granted, they decide the date on which the Parole Board will review the case again. The Parole Board will reconsider life sentence cases a minimum of every eight years. Crimes committed before 1995 and deemed one of “seven deadly sins” become eligible for parole consideration on a life sentence after seven years. Similar crimes committed in 1995 and later become eligible for parole consideration after 14 years on a life sentence. However, since July 1, 2006, such crimes only gain eligibility for parole consideration after thirty years on a life sentence.
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