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

Arrested For Shoplifting for the First Time in Atlanta, GA

Many of the shoplifting defendants our criminal defense attorneys see have recently been arrested for the first time. Shoplifting is a common first offense, which means many people charged with this crime have no idea what will happen next. In Georgia, shoplifting can be charged as a felony, and even a first conviction can have lifelong consequences in addition to jail time and fines. Many people arrested for Read More

Employee Drug Tests

The state of Georgia only has mandatory drug testing for some state and municipal employees, including public school teachers, bus drivers, and certain positions within the state government. There is no mandatory testing law for private employers. However, Georgia does offer employers a discount on workers’ compensation premiums if they implement a drug-free workplace program that includes employee drug tests, the Read More

‘Keep it Indie-Catur’ with Terrific Thursdays This Holiday Season

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming. With so many events to attend and loved ones to shop for, wouldn’t it be great if you could do both at the same time? Here in downtown Decatur, you can do just that. Every Thursday in November and December, over 20 small businesses come together to participate in Terrific Thursdays. On these Thursdays, restaurants and shops will feature special Read More

4 Reasons Why We Agree that Decatur is the #1 Suburb in Georgia

We all like to think that our hometown is the best of the best, but it certainly helps our argument when our suburb of Decatur, GA is named number one by Niche magazine. According to the Decatur Metro, Niche rated suburbs based on “things to do”, “commute time”, and “education”, amongst other factors (here is a list of all of the rating factors), but if you asked us, this doesn’t even take the cake for the reasons Read More

Why We Love the Decatur BBQ, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival

At Pak and McRae Law, LLC, we love the big-time Atlanta food and music celebrations. To us, though, there is nothing like the annual Decatur Barbecue, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival. We look forward to the music, the food, and the fun all year long. What’s more, it’s just around the corner, with Aug. 15 quickly approaching! Held in Downtown Decatur, this is the best place to find good southern BBQ food, soulful Read More

Critical Phases of the Criminal Process – Misdemeanors

The first phase of the Criminal Process is recognizing whether you have committed a crime. In the State of Georgia, crimes are divided into two major subsections, felonies and misdemeanors.  Misdemeanors, the subject of this article, are the least serious crimes and correspondingly carry the most lenient penalties.  Misdemeanor crimes can be viewed on a spectrum with the most serious misdemeanors being crimes like Read More

How a Small Traffic Violation Can Become a Bigger Problem-Failure to Appear Cases

FAILURE TO APPEAR – TRAFFIC Mark, an Atlanta resident, finished a week-long vacation along the sandy beaches of Destin, Florida.  On the way home, Mark is pulled over in Thomas County, Georgia for speeding 19 miles over the posted speed limit.  Much to Mark’s dismay, instead of receiving a citation and finishing his trip home, Mark is hauled off to the county jail.  Puzzled and angry, Mark is told that he never paid Read More

The Importance of Corroborating DNA Evidence

On May 14, firefighters and police discovered a grisly scene when they responded to a house fire in an upscale neighborhood in a Washington, D.C. suburb. Inside the large brick home were four bodies showing signs of being bound, tortured and killed by blunt force trauma. The victims were identified as Mr. and Mrs. Savopolous, their 10 year old son, and their housekeeper. Mr. Savopolous is the CEO and President of Read More