Michael Kennedy McIntyre opened his practice, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, over 30 years ago and specializes in post-conviction representation. McIntyre & Associates is available to assist individuals with issues that arise while on parole or probation in Georgia. For years in Georgia, parolees were supervised by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and probationers were supervised by the Georgia Department of Corrections. In 2015, based upon a review by the Georgia Council of Criminal Justice Reform, a bill was introduced to the Georgia Assembly which would combine the supervision of parolees and probationers by creating one state agency that would be responsible for all offender supervision. That bill, HB 310, was signed into law in May 2015 by Governor Deal and thereby created the Department of Community Supervision (DCS). The DCS monitors both parolees and probationers has its headquarters in Atlanta and field offices throughout the state.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, law firm Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates focuses its practice on postconviction legal representation, including habeas corpus, appeals, and pardon and parole cases. Backed by the experience of a former Georgia Parole Board member, Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates offers the best counsel concerning parole matters and the state’s Parole Decision Guidelines. Established in 1979, the Georgia Parole Decision Guidelines aim to standardize confinement times. Recent revisions to the guidelines include integrating a data-driven risk instrument into the process. For the first time, the new guidelines align with the average duration of prison sentences imposed by the state. The revisions were adopted after the extensive study of several parole-related factors, including the risks associated with granting clemency, past practices, and the impact on prison capacity. Ultimately, the parole board determined the specific revisions served the best interest of the public and the criminal justice community.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the lawyers at Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates have decades of experience in state and federal postconviction representation. Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates strives to deliver the highest level of professional excellence in habeas corpus actions. Habeas corpus is a legal action by which individuals unlawfully imprisoned can seek relief. The right of habeas corpus is included in the United States Constitution to prevent the government from labeling someone a criminal and imprisoning them without ever giving them an opportunity to appear in a court of law. State habeas corpus relief may be sought by the filing of a state habeas corpus application by any individual imprisoned as a result of a sentence imposed by a Georgia court. A state habeas corpus application alleges that an individual’s custody is unconstitutional based upon what occurred prior to, or during, the individual’s trial or plea hearing. Habeas corpus is a complicated process with many possible claims that could lead to relief from convictions and sentences.
Currently working as a practicing attorney for Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Kennedy McIntyre practices law specifically in the area of post-conviction representation. Michael Kennedy McIntyre started his own practice over 20 years ago and works closely with the Georgia Parole Board, assisting clients with parole issues such as receiving pardons and restoration of rights.
The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles includes several programs that can help parolees after their release, including programs that help with restoration of rights and receiving pardons. Parolees can seek the restoration of rights, such as the right to serve on a jury or to run for public office.
Parolees also have the right to petition to receive a pardon which states that the crime has been pardoned by the State of Georgia. Having the assistance of an attorney in pursuing pardons and restorations of rights can help make the process easier.