Office of the Solicitor General
  • Home
  • Victim Advocate
  • Pretrial Diversion
  • Investigative
  • Staff
  • Openings

Office of the Solicitor General

Address: One Judicial Center, 44 John Frank Ward Blvd., Suite 350, McDonough, GA 30253
Tel: (770) 288-7178 / Fax: (770) 288-7195

Solicitor General - Pam Bettis

Victim/Witness Advocate Program

The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics states; over two-thirds of violent victimizations against women were committed by someone known to them: 31% of female victims reported that the offender was a stranger. Approximately 28% were intimates such as husbands or boyfriends, 35% were acquaintances, and the remaining 5% were other relatives. (In contrast, victimizations by intimates and other relatives accounted for only 5% of all violent victimizations against men. Men were significantly more likely to have been victimized by acquaintances (50%) or strangers (44%) than by intimates or other relatives.)

Did you know that children who witness violence at home are 1000 more times likely to abuse as adults? A child exposed to the father abusing the mother is at the strongest risk for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.

The Cycle of Violence describes the typical pattern of abusive relationships. There are three distinct phases: tension building, explosion and false honeymoon.

Circle of Violence

  1. Tension Building This phase is often described by survivors as "walking on eggshells". Tension and stress is building, and the survivor is trying to control the situation to avoid possible violence.
  2. Explosion This phase is where the abuse occurs. The abuse is triggered by anything, everything, and nothing. The trigger is the excuse that the violent person uses to justify being abusive. Each and all of the 5 types of domestic violence can happen during this phase.
  3. False Honeymoon Here the relationship seems peaceful and romantic; forgiveness is requested and given. The abuser is typically trying to use the romance to manipulate and control the victim in different ways than used before. Over time, the false honeymoon will fade and the cycle will begin again.

The victim’s services at the Henry County Solicitor’s office can provide you with information on:

  • Arrest and prosecution Procedures
  • Counseling facilities
  • Where to obtain a Temporary Protective Order
  • Sentencing 

The Georgia Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights, O.C.G.A. § 17-17-1, et seq., provides individuals who are victims of certain crimes specific rights. These rights include:

  • The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any scheduled court proceedings or any changes to such proceedings;
  • The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of the arrest, release, or escape of the accused;
  • The right not to be excluded from any scheduled court proceedings, except as provided by law;
  • The right to be heard at any scheduled court proceedings involving the release, plea, or sentencing of the accused;
  • The right to file a written objection in any parole proceedings involving the accused;
  • The right to confer with the prosecuting attorney in any criminal prosecution related to the victim;
  • The right to restitution as provided by law;
  • The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and
  • The right to be treated fairly and with dignity by all criminal justice agencies involved in the case.

The office of the Solicitor General of Henry County is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor cases in Henry County. Keeping you and your family safe from further acts of violence is a top priority.

The Victim Witness Program is designed to assist the victim’s of crime. Each case involving a victim is assigned to a victim’s advocate. The assigned advocate will inform you of your rights as the victim, the stages of the judicial process, ways to obtain compensation and any additional assistance you may need.

Haven House
770-954-9229 (24-hour crisis line)

Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and
Child Advocacy Center
770-477-2177 (24-hour crisis line)

Georgia Crime Victims’ Compensation Program
404-657-2222 or 1-800-547-0060

Contact Us for additional information.

Pretrial Intervention & Diversion Program

The Pre-Trial Intervention and Diversion Program (PTI) is designed to provide an alternative to prosecuting defendants in the criminal justice system.  PTI is a program governed by the Solicitor General which helps the participants reduce the risk of future problems with law enforcement.  Only those defendants who meet the guidelines set forth will be offered entrance into the program.

Successful completion of the program is accomplished through required counseling relating to the offense, community service, payment of court costs, program fees and reporting on a regular basis to the PTI Supervisor.  The program length varies from three (3) to twelve (12) months with defendants being offered the possibility of expungement of charges from their record.

No offender shall be accepted into the program for an offense for which the law provides a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration or imprisonment that cannot be suspended, probated, or deferred.

Since conception, the number of participants has more than tripled with the completion rate of over 90%. 

What Are The Benefits of the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI)?

  • If PTI is successfully completed, there is no record of conviction and the defendant avoids the stigma of a criminal record.
  • Early intervention allows rehabilitative services to be provided soon after the alleged offense, in an attempt to correct the behavior that led to the offense.
  • Many of the costs associated with the formal court process are eliminated through acceptance into PTI.
  • PTI provides early resolution of a case which serves the interests of the victim, the public and the defendant.

PTI reduces the burden on the court and allows resources to be devoted to more serious criminals.

Investigative Division

Solicitor General Investigative Division

The Solicitor General has assembled an investigative staff with a diverse range of training and experiences.

All of the Solicitor’s Investigators are certified as peace officers by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council and each has their own specialty training and background.

The primary function of the Solicitor’s investigators is to provide prosecution support to the Solicitor General’s legal staff. By locating and processing prosecution witnesses and conducting supplemental pretrial investigations, investigators strengthen cases for prosecution. Part of that responsibility includes obtaining relevant case information, conferring with attorneys, witnesses, and other parties as deemed appropriate, writing reports for judicial officers based upon interviews, attending court hearings and testifying in court as needed, and conducting special investigations requested by the Solicitor General.

The Solicitor General’s Investigative staff maintains a close relationship with all surrounding law enforcement agencies in support of criminal investigations and to help provide a clear perspective from a prosecutorial view.


Pam Bettis
Solicitor General | E-mail

Michelle Sewell
Chief Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Jeff Upchurch 
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Katie Payne  
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

LaShonda Harris
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Nedra Howard
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Nicolle Ramsey
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Demetress Patrick
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Jocelyn Tobias
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Dustin Trautz
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Marchanon Bunn
Assistant Solicitor | E-mail

Randall Coppolino
Chief Investigator | E-mail

Bryan Thornton
Investigator | E-mail

Mike Cash
Investigator | E-mail

Brian Dunn
Investigator | E-mail

Todd Chitwood
Investigator | E-mail

Gisela Noble
Investigator | E-mail

Shannon Duffey
PTI Coordinator | E-mail

Eboni Lemon
PTI Supervisor | E-mail

Julie Standard
Records Supervisor | E-mail

Michele Stephens 
Office Manager | E-mail

Kimberly Parrish
Victim Coordinator| E-mail

Velma Greene
Victim Advocate | E-mail

Joela Purys 
Victim Advocate | E-mail

Kai-Lin Conner
Victim Advocate| E-mail

Hayley Willis
Legal Assitant| E-mail

Jen Harvey 
Legal Assistant| E-mail

Forensic Video Tech | E-mail

Cristina Colzaretti
Legal Assistant | E-mail

Shelley Manning 
Legal Assistant| E-mail

Hannah Diddle
Victim Advocate | E-mail

Kelly Whitt
Legal Assistant | E-mail

No openings at this time