Timothy O. McCalep

Atlanta Georgia Criminal Law Blog

Plea deals are only appropriate in some cases

A person who is facing charges in the United States has a lot of options that they can consider for their defense. One of these is to work with the prosecution to come up with a plea deal that would allow the person to plead guilty or no contest and help them to discover ahead of time what penalties they are facing in connection with the criminal charges.

Plea deals aren't right for every case; instead, the defendant must acknowledge that they committed the crime at the heart of the case. The reason many defendants decide to accept a plea deal is that they want to partially control what penalties they are going to face.

Pushing back against excessive force and police brutality

Law enforcement officers are known as peace officers in some communities. However, their treatment of the people they interact with is often far from peaceful. Due to a variety of issues, ranging from untreated mental health conditions to the daily stress of the job, sometimes police cross the line between appropriate force and brutality.

There have been cases of law enforcement physically restraining small children who become emotional during arrest, to say nothing of the unnecessary shooting of unarmed individuals. Those who believe they have suffered as victims of police brutality have the right to hold law enforcement accountable, regardless of whether they end up convicted of the crime for which they are arrested.

Georgia laws address some heroin issues, but not all

The heroin epidemic throughout the country has to be addressed, as it is going to take some serious work to curtail it. Laws in most states, including Georgia, take a harsh stance against crimes related to heroin.

In this state, all heroin charges are felonies. While this might seem like overreach, it is viewed as necessary by many who feel like this will discourage people from using or selling the drug. There is an issue with this stance, as it doesn't address the underlying need to treat the addictions that keep pulling people toward heroin. Neither does it address the economic problems of those individuals who sell the drug.

Find out what options you have to address felony charges

The impacts of a felony can't be denied. Once you are convicted, you will be classified as a felon. This fact alone, even many years after the conviction, can have a negative impact on your ability to find a job. For some felony charges, including drug charges, being able to get certain assistance might not be possible.

The criminal justice system and society as a whole might hold the fact that you made a mistake against you. This is one thing that you can use as a driving force while you are working on your defense. Unfortunately, there isn't much that we can do about this if you are found guilty of the charges.

Whiplash: Neck damage caused by violent movements of the head

The force of a car wreck can damage the sensitive structures in the body. When the vehicles slam against each other, an occupant's head is flung about in a violent manner. This can put a strain on the neck and harm the tendons, bones and muscles in it.

While some people can walk away from a wreck without any ill effects, others might suffer from whiplash. This is a medical condition that can cause lasting impacts on the person's life. Still, some individuals don't realize the severity.

The important role of the grand jury in criminal matters

When you hear about criminal cases on television or read about them online, you might see the term grand jury. This is a very important part of the criminal justice system, so anyone who might be facing charges should understand some basic points about what this is.

Unlike the trial jury, the grand jury isn't here to determine if you are guilty of a crime. Instead, they review the prosecutor's case to determine if a charge is appropriate. The grand jury is a larger jury than the trial jury. There are usually 23 people on this type. The group might be set for months at a time, but they don't hear cases daily like a trial jury.

Primary differences between misdemeanors and felonies

Criminal charges are divided into two primary classifications: misdemeanors and felonies. This single difference can have a significant impact on your life if you are convicted. In the most general sense, misdemeanors aren't as serious as felonies. The penalties for these lesser crimes are usually less serious than those for a felony.

There are several differences between felony charges and misdemeanors. In most cases, you are facing time in the local jail for a conviction of a misdemeanor; however, you will likely go to prison for a felony. Not all cases in either classification will result in incarceration. More serious charges or subsequent convictions are more likely to end with a jail or prison sentence.

Drivers' biggest distractions are their own children

Atlanta commuters stuck in rush-hour traffic may be tempted to yell, "Hang up and drive!" to clueless motorists. It's certainly true that cellphone usage behind the wheel is the culprit in many distracted-driving accidents. But what also is a contributing factor to many collisions may come as a surprise.

As a Monash University study revealed, exasperated parents interacting with crying or misbehaving children while driving is a real safety hazard.

Drug possession charges can be hard to fight

Drug possession charges are one of the more common that people addicted to illegal substances will face. These charges are sometimes thought to be minor; however, they can still have a big impact on the person's future. They must be handled very carefully because there are times when this might be a breaking point for the person.

One of the things that you must know is that there are specific criteria that must be present for the charge to stick. Being able to challenge these during your defense might work in your favor.

Complex criminal law matters have to be handled carefully

Criminal law matters are often complex, especially when there are more serious crimes at the heart of the case. There are many times when a person might face more than one charge in connection with a single incident. These cases can be very difficult because they are multifaceted. We know that you might have some concerns about what you are going to do about it all.

One thing that makes these cases so complex is that you have to look at each option you have from multiple standpoints. What helps to show that you aren't guilty of one charge might lead to an assumption that you are guilty of another. All of this has to be weighed so that you aren't throwing yourself under the bus.

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