Understanding the Difference Between an Accomplice and an Accessory

Contrary to popular belief, accomplices and accessories are not the same thing when it comes to criminal law. These two classifications of one’s involvement in a crime are actually quite different. They have differing levels of criminal culpability as well.  The person who actually, physically commits the crime is called the principal. An accomplice is someone who is also at the scene and helps the principal Read More

Don’t Let a DUI Charge Cost You Money: 5 Costs Associated with a DUI Charge

Driving under the influence can have serious consequences. Not only is it incredibly dangerous for you and your passengers, and your fellow drivers and their passengers, but there’s also the fact that getting caught can mar your record, land you in jail or on probation, and get your license suspended. Not to mention the financial headache that comes along with DUI charges. Most people are unaware of how expensive a Read More

5 Most Common Reasons People Get Traffic Tickets

When you think about getting pulled over by a police officer, you probably think about getting a speeding ticket. While it’s true that an average of 41 million U.S. drivers are issued a speeding ticket each year, there are many other types of traffic violations that can get you a ticket.  We all know tickets are unpleasant. They involve hefty fines and can sometimes require you to go to court. Getting too many Read More

How Georgia’s New Hemp Law Is Affecting Criminal Marijuana Cases

On May 10, 2019 Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill making it legal for farmers to grow hemp in the state of Georgia. After the new law came into effect, a number of criminal marijuana cases have been paused, with prosecutors being forced to look for new ways to distinguish between marijuana and hemp to determine whether they can continue to prosecute. Some of the top prosecutors in Georgia have spoken out about Read More

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