Criminal Defense

Georgia Parking Tickets Can Lead to Big Fines

The State of Georgia has numerous violations for which you could receive parking tickets. The fines for a parking ticket may vary depending on the area, or jurisdiction, where you received your ticket and fine. Each jurisdiction in Georgia has its own local ordinances, but the parking laws listed below apply to all jurisdictions in the state. Disputing Parking Tickets in Georgia Disputes for parking tickets must be made within 14 days from the date of the ticket. A copy of the ticket must accompany the dispute form. Specific information regarding the ticket number must be included. It may take up to 60 […]

Shoplifting in Georgia Serious Offense

Atlanta, Georgia ranks in the top 10 U.S. cities for the crime of shoplifting. Shoplifting is serious business and a serious offense. Nationwide there are over half a million shoplifting incidents daily, which account for over 35 million dollars of merchandise stolen every day. The most common items stolen are groceries, cosmetics, electronics, and clothing. Georgia Laws on Shoplifting In Georgia shoplifting is a serious crime. Shoplifting, under Georgia law, is a person who commits the offense of theft by shoplifting either alone or with another person with the intent of taking merchandise for their own use without paying for […]

Simple Assault Charges Need Legal Representation

In Georgia, the simple assault code represents the most basic category of an assault charge. In this state, the charge of simple assault involves an attempt to use violence against another, making threats of violence where the other person fears they will be harmed. A simple assault is a misdemeanor under Georgia law and can result in one year of jail time, and/or fines and community service. Assault Charges on the Rise Nationwide rates of violent crimes have increased. According to the Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey it was found that the increase was due to an increase in assaults, […]

Top Reasons to Call a Criminal or Personal Injury Lawyer

Many people go through life without ever having the need to consult with or hire an attorney. There are numerous legal matters that do not require the services of a lawyer; however, even the smallest infraction can often lead to bigger legal issues, fines, or even jail. And personal injury cases can impact your future health and financial security. While everyone’s legal situation is different it may be wise to consult with an attorney to avoid any future problems. Good legal representation can prevent situations that you may not foresee at the time. When you Need to Call an Attorney […]

How Many Georgia Driving Laws Are You Breaking?

Even when you think you are obeying all the driving laws in the State of Georgia you may actually be breaking one if not more laws. List of Little Known Georgia Driving Laws Not being aware of a specific law does not let you “off the hook” for a ticket or points on your driving record. Many drivers are unaware of the following laws until they are pulled over and given a ticket. Going the speed limit – In Georgia there is a “Slowpoke Law” that requires a driver in the left lane to move over if a faster car is […]

Misdemeanors and Felony Differences

Many crimes may be classified as either misdemeanors or a felony depending on the level of severity. The crime committed may fall into several different categories which may raise the seriousness, penalty and fine from a misdemeanor to a felony. The severity of a crime may also be viewed differently by the court system on how much potential jail time someone may face. Legal Help Can Reduce Penalties When it comes to criminal charges, retaining a qualified attorney can help ensure you have the best defense for either a misdemeanor or felony charge. Both types of crimes can result in […]

Georgia DUI Penalties Severely Impact Your Life

Georgia’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws are strict and can have a significant impact on your life with fines, suspension of your driver’s license, community service and even jail time. Even a first DUI offense can lead to many future complicated legal consequences. DUI convictions remain on your driving record for the rest of your life which may affect future employment or increase your vehicle insurance rates. Retaining an experienced DUI attorney right away is a smart choice when facing the many penalties you may be charged with. Georgia DUI Alcohol Limits The DUI blood alcohol concentration (BAC) percentages […]

Have You Been Charged With a DUI? Testing Can Be Challenged By an Experienced DUI Attorney!

Have you been charged with a DUI after undergoing a test of some kind? If you have you should contact an experienced DUI attorney as quickly as possible because they may be able to challenge the test results that resulted in your charges. One of the most common DUI tests is the field sobriety test. There are also chemical sobriety tests such as the breathalyzer, blood, and urine tests. Each type of sobriety test has flaws which can cause false positive results or cause the citing officer to wrongly believe you are driving under the influence. Field Sobriety Test The field sobriety […]

$35 million a day in losses due to shoplifting

The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) believes that as many as 27 million people including men and women of all age groups and all socioeconomic levels engage in shoplifting. This retail theft costs retail stores alone as much as $35 million a day in losses; that is $13 billion a year. Shoplifting is a common crime, yet many people do not understand just how destructive it can be for them and to society. The NASP explains: “It overburdens law enforcement and the courts, adds to businesses security expenses, pushes up the price of goods to consumers, and amounts to […]

Georgia’s Operation Zero Tolerance set to stop impaired drivers with DUI and reduce traffic violations

Holiday weekends are notorious for an increase in traffic incidents and a higher concentration of law enforcement activities. During the 2012 Labor Day holiday period, troopers arrested 240 people for DUI, issued 983 citations for seat belt violations and recovered six stolen vehicles. While we can’t turn back the clock, you can look ahead to the next big holiday weekend that is approaching, Labor Day Weekend, and make sure you don’t become a statistic. During these peak times, law enforcement braces itself to crack down on drivers. This year is no exception. In an Aug. 21 press release, law enforcement officials announced […]