Amanda Knox Case Shows Importance of Double Jeopardy Protection

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD To borrow a phrase from the famous Beetles song, the case of Amanda Knox (and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito) has followed a circuitous path indeed. Knox was first found guilty of the 2007 murder of her then roommate, Meredith Kercher, by a trial court in 2009. In 2011, an appellate court acquitted Knox, and she returned to the United States and her home in Seattle. However, Read More

Free Range Parenting: The Debate Continues

Recently, a case in Silver Spring, Maryland, sparked a national conversation about parenting. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv practice what is known as free range parenting: teaching children self-reliance through progressive independence and the opportunity to make their own choices. The free range parenting movement began as a push-back against helicopter parenting: the hyper-scheduled, over-supervised parenting Read More

Marijuana Legalization Posing New Issues with Drugged Driving

Has the war on drugs become a losing battle, at least where marijuana is concerned? Voters recently approved initiatives in the District of Columbia, Alaska, and Oregon to legalize recreational marijuana, and Colorado and Washington already host legal retail sales and recreational use of the green weed. Many people are happily lighting up without fear of criminal prosecution, and even Attorney General Eric Holder Read More

How Daylight Savings Time Affects Criminal Activity

DST: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME This past weekend, Americans sprang their clocks forward one hour to begin Daylight Savings Time. The idea of manipulating time to make the day longer was started by Germany and followed by other nations in WWI to reduce lighting demand and to save coal for the war effort. In fact, during WWII, the United States observed Daylight Savings Time year round for those reasons. DST has also Read More

A Rational Reform in the Midst of Irrational Times

On February 24, 2015, a regulation was announced that allows spouses of immigrants working in highly-skilled jobs to apply for work permits of their own. Your Atlanta immigration criminal defense attorneys explain that the regulation will be effective in 90 days, or on May 26, 2015. The government estimates that as many as 179,600 people will be eligible to apply for employment authorization the first year, and that Read More

Road Rage in Las Vegas

Road rage has made headlines recently due to an incident on February 12, 2015, just outside of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. On that night, Tammy Meyers had just finished giving her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson when she had an encounter with a driver of another car. Meyers took her daughter home, and then went back out with her 22-year-old son–who took his firearm with him–to look for the driver and the car Read More

Protective Orders: What Are They?

A protective order is issued by a court to help protect a person from someone who is abusing, threatening, harassing, or stalking that person. The Protective Order, sometimes referred to as a temporary protective order or TPO, prohibits contact in person, by email, telephone, mail, and through a third party. There are two types of TPOs. One is a Family Violence TPO, based on O.C.G.A. 19-13-1 of the Family Violence Read More

Tragedy in Douglasville: Domestic Violence and Firearms

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, a young mother, two of her young children, and her boyfriend were shot and killed outside their home in Douglassville, Georgia. The gunman: the woman’s ex-husband, who turned the gun on himself after the slaughter. The town, which has virtually no violent crime, held a vigil for the victim’s. Unfortunately, it has become the latest example of the deadly mix of domestic violence and Read More

Fifty Shades of Grey Creates Mixed Message

The campaign against domestic violence is everywhere. As is too often the case, a horrific act of violence, in this instance Ray Rice knocking unconscious his fiancé in the infamous elevator video, served to focus national attention on a problem that had long been deserving of the spotlight. Studies have shown that domestic violence is disturbingly common in this country; some estimates put the incidence rate at one Read More

Immigration Reform Could Spell Trouble for Those with Criminal Charges

Since President Obama took office in 2008, comprehensive immigration reform has been on his agenda. Due to a divided Congress, however, very little has been accomplished. Although deportations of immigrants in the United States illegally have risen sharply during the Obama administration (in large part due to the Secure Communities Program enacted in 2008; see below), there lacked clear policy objectives behind the Read More