Drug trafficking charges only apply when the defendant transports controlled substances across county lines; distribution charges can apply simply because a search of the defendant’s property yielded a large quantity of illegal drugs.
Under Georgia law, there are many different types of illegal drugs and they are divided into classifications known as schedules.
When a judge sentences you to probation, it is easy to feel like you have dodged a bullet, especially when the other option was jail or prison.
Bench warrants based on a failure to appear in court are handled differently depending on the jurisdiction that is handling your case.
Every year, thousands of people are arrested and many of them have never been in this situation before. Being arrested or charged with a crime is very scary and if it happens to you, it is normal to have concerns about your future.
Although in-person hearings and trials are back in session, the courts are still dealing with a backlog of cases, and the courts are constantly adapting to the changing COVID safety guidelines, so defendants must partner with their lawyers to cope with the unexpected and stand up for their rights.
If police have probable cause to search your car or clothing for weapons or other illegal items, they have the right to conduct certain types of searches without a warrant; if you get arrested because of a warrantless search, your lawyer may be able to get the charges dropped by proving that the police violated your rights.
You cannot be convicted of a violent crime, including domestic violence, if you show evidence that you only committed the violent act to protect yourself or another person from an immediate threat of physical violence.
You can get criminal charges if you intentionally destroy evidence that would help the prosecution or defense in a criminal case or if you plant evidence with the intention of making an innocent person appear guilty.
Georgia law defines hit-and-run as leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving property damage or personal injuries without first identifying yourself to the other driver or to the police.
Some constitutional rights, such as the First Amendment right to free speech and freedom of religion, affect our everyday lives; people rarely face criminal charges for controversial speech
Georgia Senate Bill 105 would automatically make people who have completed three years of felony probation sentences and reached certain milestones eligible for an early termination of probation hearing.
The new law would allow 30 cannabis dispensaries in Georgia to distribute products containing up to 5% THC and would expand cannabis research at some universities in the state.
A new bill in Georgia proposes license suspensions and hefty fines for “reckless stunt driving,” but critics fear that it is just another excuse for the state to prey on Black and Latino men.
Being incarcerated is a traumatic experience, and being on probation is no fun, either. The punishment does not end after you finish your sentence, though. You can enjoy home cooking and your favorite restaurants after getting out of jail
Teenagers who exchange sexually explicit images via mobile device can face misdemeanor or felony charges, but the penalties vary according to the ages of the parties involved and depend on issues of consent.
Beginning in 2023, 17-year-olds charged with most crimes will go through rehabilitative programs administered by the Department of Juvenile Justice, instead of being charged as adults.
Everyone is broke; most people cannot afford a $400 emergency expense. Blame does not rest solely with the pandemic, low wages, or the high cost of healthcare and other necessities.
Gov. Kemp signed into law a bill abolishing citizen’s arrest, a practice which the men who pursued and killed Ahmaud Arbery will likely cite in their defense, and which criminal justice reform advocates say should have been abolished decades ago.
If you plead guilty to a crime and avoid jail time, you have avoided the worst-case scenario in the short term; you do not have to worry about bullying by fellow inmates or abuse by guards, and you do not have to wait until your sentence is over to eat home-cooked meals or your favorite convenience store snacks.
Until recently, driving at excessive speeds could only get you a traffic ticket, unless you caused an accident or injured someone.
Assault is an attempt to cause bodily harm; if the victim could have a reasonable fear that the defendant’s actions would kill the victim, such as if the defendant was using a deadly weapon, then the charges are for aggravated assault.
Whether tax evasion is a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the amount of money you would have owed if you had filed a correctly completed income tax return; you can get felony charges if the amount is more than $3,000.
Voluntary manslaughter means killing someone intentionally, although the killing was not premeditated
For arrests that happened after July 1, 2013, many criminal records automatically get restricted (formerly known as expungement) after anywhere from two to seven years.
A white-collar crime lawyer helps you exercise your constitutional rights when you face criminal charges for insider trading, embezzlement, money laundering, identity fraud, or any other financial crime.
White-collar crimes are financial crimes that often involve a detailed plan to deceive the victims; the penalties vary according to the complexity of the crime and the amount stolen.
According to Georgia law, you may possess up to 20 fluid ounces of CBD oil, but only if you have a qualifying medical condition, and only if the THC content of the oil is less than 0.3%.
It is possible to get jail time for tax fraud, even when it is charged as a misdemeanor, but in practice, most people sentenced to incarceration for tax-related crimes have been convicted of lying to the IRS about large sums of money.
For a while in Georgia, criminal cases were put on hold. The courts closed down, and any necessary actions were undertaken online - a process that was critiqued.