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

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

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

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

San Fransisco V. Sheehan Opinion Issued

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in San Francisco v. Sheehan on May 18, 2015. The case originated from a violent incident between a mentally unstable woman and police officers in a group home in San Francisco in 2008. The woman, Sheehan, threatened a social worker at the home with a knife and locked herself in her room. The worker called 911 for help, and two officers responded. They entered Read More

Texas Shooting Highlights Importance of Free Speech

On May 3, 2015, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) hosted the “Mohammed Art and Exhibit Contest” in Garland, Texas, part of suburban Dallas. According to AFDI President Pamela Geller, the event had on display various depictions of the Prophet Mohammed from the past 1,400 years. The event also sponsored a contest for the best cartoon rendering of the Prophet, with the winner to receive a $10,000 award. Read More