How Do The Police Obtain a Search Warrant?

If police come knocking on your door, they need to present a search warrant in most cases to legally enter and look around your property. How are these warrants obtained? Read on to find out. The United States Constitution’s Fourth Amendment states that search warrants will only be permitted if there is probable cause. The police must provide probable cause in an affidavit, which is a sworn statement. Sworn Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Assault and Battery

Though assault and battery charges are both typically referenced together and associated with harming another person, they have different definitions and come with different penalties. In Georgia, a person can be charged with either assault or battery, and the charge will either be "simple" or "aggravated." A simple assault or battery charge is a misdemeanor crime whereas an aggravated charge is a felony.  What is Read More

What You Need to Know About Aggravated DUIs

An aggravated DUI is a serious charge where a person who is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes an accident involving another person(s) who was seriously injured or killed as a result. These cases can also be called “vehicular manslaughter,” “vehicular homicide,” “homicide by vehicle,” and “serious injury by vehicle.” In the state of Georgia, an aggravated DUI is considered a felony offense in Read More

What to Expect at a DDS Hearing

A person arrested for a DUI will have to attend a Department of Driver Services (DDS) hearing. At the hearing, your case will be reviewed, and it is here where the decision will be made as to whether you will be allowed to keep your license. This hearing is purely administrative and is separate from your criminal DUI charge. After being arrested on a DUI charge, your license is automatically confiscated and you Read More

Understanding the DUI Less Safe

The DUI laws in Georgia are extensive and complex, and it can be easy for people to misunderstand information they are given around these laws, or for the details to be passed on from person to person and misinterpreted along the way. One of the most frequent misconceptions we have heard time and time again is that if a person’s blood alcohol concentration is less than 0.08 (the legal limit), they cannot be charged Read More

A Brief Overview of Georgia Drug Laws

In Georgia, a person wilfully in possession of illegal controlled substances is breaking the law. Such substances include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, and heroin, as well as certain prescription drugs without a valid prescription. It is also a crime to be in possession of chemicals that could be used to cultivate or manufacture these illegal substances, and a person carrying accessories or pieces of Read More

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Arrest Process

Being arrested can be both frightening and confusing, especially if it is happening for the first time. However, if you understand the arrest process and know what to expect, you can start to feel calmer and a little more in control. In this blog, we will outline each step of the arrest process to help you gain a better understanding and feel more informed and prepared, should it ever happen to you. The Read More

10 Ways You Can Violate Probation

If a person is given probation, this means that they can get rid of the criminal charges against them without going to jail. Instead of being detained, a person may instead be released on probation, usually as a result of plea negotiations. Probation isn’t a get out of jail free card, however, and you must adhere to the specific rules and regulations associated with it. In short, if you break the terms of your Read More

Georgia Criminal Law 101: What is the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

Practically all states divide criminal offenses into different categories based on their seriousness. This differentiation determines how the courts treat and punish a given offense. With misdemeanors and felonies, the primary differentiator is the severity of the crime. Misdemeanors In Georgia, misdemeanors are defined by local ordinance. They are comparatively minor offenses punishable by up to one year in Read More

What to Do if You Have Been Pulled Over by Law Enforcement

When you see a police car in the rear-view mirror, blue lights flashing and siren screaming, it’s normal to be nervous. The police are there to protect you, but that doesn’t mean you’re always glad to see them, especially when it’s late and you’re trying to get home. You also know that you’re exposed to a certain amount of risk when the police pull you over. Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, the officer may Read More