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2020 Archives

Can I Get Charged for Overdosing in Georgia?

Georgia law protects you from criminal penalties if you seek medical help for a drug overdose. Opioid drug overdoses are reversible.

Will I be Reimbursed After a Canine Search if Nothing is Found?

Some plaintiffs have successfully sued police departments for damages after a destructive search that did not yield any illegal items, but these cases are hard to win unless you have a lawyer.

Reckless Conduct During COVID-19 is a Huge Crime

Georgia police have been using the “reckless conduct” charge in an increasing number of coronavirus-related incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is it Illegal to Wear a Face Mask in Georgia During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Are you breaking the law by wearing a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic? Is it actually illegal to appear in public wearing a face mask in Georgia? Up until recently, yes, it was actually against the law to wear a mask in public, though many were not aware of this.

Intentional Spread of COVID-19 Has Bumped to Terrorist Action

U.S. Department of Justice warned that individuals who intentionally spread COVID-19 or threaten to do so could face terrorism charges. CNN cited a DOJ memorandum, in which the department warned Americans against purposefully spreading the deadly virus or threatening to transmit the disease.

Domestic Abuse Victims at Risk During Virus Outbreak

Victims of domestic abuse have found themselves trapped at home with their abusers during Georgia’s shelter-in-place order. While domestic violence survivors are at a higher risk for re-assault during the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia’s courts have dramatically reduced the number of restraining orders they are processing.

Is It a Crime to Infect Another Person With Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Countries around the globe are adopting harsh measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has killed nearly 15,000 worldwide as of March 22.

Car Break-ins on the Rise in Atlanta: How are Offenders Punished?

Atlanta has seen a 22% increase in thefts from autos and car break-ins so far this year. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Police Department is investigating about 200 cases of larceny from vehicles each week.

Access to Marijuana Conviction Records Limited

As an ongoing attempt to reform the criminal justice system, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced at the end of December 2019 that she was going to start limiting access to records involving low level marijuana offenses.

No More Police Chases in Atlanta

Recently, Atlanta police chief Erika Shields announced that law enforcement officers in the city would no longer chase people if they drove away in a vehicle.