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Know the difference between grand juries and trial juries

Facing criminal charges means that you need to learn a few facts about the criminal justice system. One is the difference between a trial jury and a grand jury. While both of these serve important purposes in the criminal justice system, they are very different.

Criminal law statutes can be hard to decipher

Have you ever tried to read a criminal law statute? If you have, you know how confusing they can be. These statutes provide information for people involved in the criminal justice system to use when there is a criminal case. These statues describe the elements that must be present in order for a crime to occur. They also include information about the penalties that can result if a person is convicted of a crime.

Plan your parties carefully during this year's football season

As football season continues to march forward, Atlanta will continue to celebrate the wonders of Falcons football. This usually comes with parties to watch the games and events surrounding them. If you are planning on heading out to these celebrations, you need to make sure that you have a plan for getting home if you are going to drink at the party.

Finances a big part of the DUI equation

The legal consequences of a DUI are very severe, and they can stick with a person for a long time. It can be difficult to get a job, find a new place to live, or to recover from the criminal history that follows you everywhere you go. However, there are also some severe financial factors to consider when it comes to a diving under the influence charge.

Rape kits and the potential limitations of DNA evidence, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the issue of rape kit testing, and the importance of working with experienced criminal defense counsel to careful scrutinize the reliability of rape kit testing in sexual assault cases. At the center of the issue is the principle of reliability.

The importance of an attorney

In our last post, we mentioned the importance of working with an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend against charges under Georgia’s concealed carry law. Working with an experienced attorney is particularly important in cases where an individual is charged with using a firearm to inflict illegal deadly force upon another.  

A quick look at Georgia’s campus carry law

The ability to carry a firearm for personal safety and protection is an important right, and every state recognizes this right in some way. Different states have different laws when it comes to concealed carry regulation. Some states allow anybody who is able to legally possession a firearm to carry that firearm concealed without a permit or license. Most, however, do not.

Rape kits and the potential limitations of DNA evidence, P.1

One of the issues readers may have heard about in the news at some point is the backlog of rape kit testing in many states across the country. Organizations like End The Backlog (www.endthebacklog.org), are dedicated to spreading awareness about the issue and prompting initiatives to address the backlog.

New GA law requires high-BAC first-time DUI offenders to submit to ignition interlock

When a driver is charged with DUI, there are a number of potential consequences if the driver pleads guilty or is convicted. These consequences can include jail time, fines, alcohol abuse education, community service, and other conditions. In many states, use of an ignition interlock device for a period of time is another possible consequence.

Work with experienced attorney to build strong defense against drugged driving charges

Last time, we mentioned the recent arrest of Tiger Woods and his subsequent statement that he was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the arrest. As we noted, DUI laws do not distinguish between illegal and prescription drugs, so drivers can be charged for DUI whenever they are found to be operating or in control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of any drug.

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