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.
Before becoming a practicing attorney for Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates, Michael Kennedy McIntyre attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history. Michael Kennedy McIntyre also earned his law degree at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in 1979.
Founded in 1845, the UNC School of Law received approval from the American Bar Association as an institution for legal education in 1928. The school is known for its excellent training in areas such as securities and entrepreneurial law, intellectual property, and civil rights law along with several other legal areas.
The UNC School of Law includes a career development office that helps students to create a job search strategy and learn how to prioritize career goals. The development office is designed to help provide opportunities and job prospects for students and graduates.
Michael Kennedy McIntyre & Associates is an Atlanta-based law firm that focuses on criminal postconviction representation, including representation before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. In order for the firm to evaluate a case and assess the offender’s prospects for parole, the firm must determine how the Parole Decision Guidelines System will be applied in the case. When the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles considers a case for parole, the Board receives a recommendation of months, or a percentage of the sentence, to serve based upon the Parole Decision Guidelines System, which accounts for the severity of the crime and the offender’s risk to reoffend.
In April, 2017, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles approved the first updates to the Parole Decision Guidelines System since 2007. The updated Guidelines will be implemented July 1, 2017. The Parole Board considered recent data to update the Guidelines which included new statewide sentencing averages and outcomes from previous decisions made by the Parole Board. Although the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles uses the Parole Decision Guidelines System to guide their decisions, the Parole Board has the ability to deviate from the Guidelines recommendation to either increase or lower the time to serve prior to parole. The 2017 updates to the Parole Decision Guidelines System included raising the crime severity level of certain types of convictions. The higher that the offender’s crime severity level is, the more serious the offense and the parole decision would likely be a recommendation to serve a longer period of time. Another notable update is on the risk to re-offend scale, the Parole Board will now include prior arrests in place of prior convictions for the offender.