A criminal record is a serious consequence that will negatively impact your future. For this reason, young people must do everything possible to avoid a criminal conviction. Unfortunately, being a minor in possession of alcohol in Georgia is an easy way to get caught up in the criminal court system. … [Read more...] about Minor in Possession of Alcohol in Georgia
Statute of Limitations for Georgia Sex Crimes
Being accused of a sex crime can ruin your life. Consequently, waiting to find out if the police will act on that accusation can be unnerving. How long do you have to wait before finding out if the police intend to arrest you? Or before the District Attorney plans to formally charge you? The answer … [Read more...] about Statute of Limitations for Georgia Sex Crimes
Commercial Gambling Laws in Georgia
Commercial Gambling laws in Georgia carry significant penalties and life-changing consequences. In particular, the State of Georgia launched a task force targeting businesses that use legal Coin Operated Amusement Machines (COAMs). You can face significant fines, seizures, and even jail time for … [Read more...] about Commercial Gambling Laws in Georgia
Can the police take my money? Fighting Civil Forfeiture
In Georgia the police can seize your money, guns, and other property through civil forfeiture. Unlike other states, you do not need to be convicted of a crime for this to happen. If the police seize your property, it's your responsibility to act fast and stop them from keeping it. Georgia has some … [Read more...] about Can the police take my money? Fighting Civil Forfeiture
Georgia Drug Overdose Law
Addiction is a medical illness that has been traditionally over prosecuted and over punished in the American criminal court system. Despite multiple studies confirming the negative impacts of criminalizing individual drug use, our lawmakers continue to resist real change. In 2014 Georgia tried to … [Read more...] about Georgia Drug Overdose Law
Is possession of drugs a felony in Georgia?
The possession of any amount of drugs can be considered a felony in the State of Georgia. However, the amount of drugs involved can make a simple possession case turn into something much more serious. While there are multiple reasons our communities can benefit from relaxing oppressive drug laws, … [Read more...] about Is possession of drugs a felony in Georgia?
Self Defense. Is Georgia a Stand-Your-Ground State?
There is no Georgia law titled "Stand Your Ground" or "Make My Day," but Georgia law does define when and how self-defense is justified. These laws can be unclear and are often applied unfairly by prosecutors and police officers. For this reason it is important that you contact a lawyer to discuss … [Read more...] about Self Defense. Is Georgia a Stand-Your-Ground State?
The Police Want to Speak with Me. What Should I Do?
Never speak to the police without a lawyer! A knock on your front door. A voicemail on your phone. A visit to your mother. A casual conversation at the scene of a crime. All of these can seem like an innocent attempt by an officer to do their job--but they are NOT. Agreeing to speak to the police in … [Read more...] about The Police Want to Speak with Me. What Should I Do?