Timothy O. McCalep

Atlanta Georgia Criminal Law Blog

Is your loved one facing inhumane conditions in prison?

Many people don't think twice about the conditions that prisoners in local, state and federal facilities face. That is until they are faced with the reality themselves or know someone who is in one of these facilities.

There seems to be a school of thought that prisoners should be treated in whatever way the jailers dole out. This isn't the case because prisoners are humans and their rights still apply. While prisoners shouldn't expect accommodations equivalent to a four-star hotel, they also shouldn't be in a place with conditions that rival a third-world country.

How should you respond to drug paraphernalia charges?

Drug paraphernalia charges exist in an interesting place, as far as legal consequences are concerned. While such as charge is a criminal offense and may lead to a variety of negative consequences, it is generally preferable to receive drug paraphernalia charges than drug possession charges. As a drug-related charge, a conviction still comes with relatively harsh punishment for an essentially minor violation.

Although Georgia maintains its own drug enforcement laws, federal laws prohibit a number of activities surrounding drug paraphernalia, including selling, transporting across state lines, and importing or exporting. Depending on the nature of a particular item, it is possible that merely possessing paraphernalia is enough to result in charges, even if there is no evidence of intent to sell or transport it.

The criminal justice system involves many points

The criminal justice system is one that many people fear. It is a very involved system that leaves people who are facing criminal charges feeling like they are stuck in a revolving door. Many people who have faced criminal charges or are facing them now know that there are a lot of different things that go into criminal justice.

Police officers are usually the first step in the criminal justice process. These officers are the ones who investigate crimes and make arrests. They are a vital part of the system but they aren't the entire system.

Treat felony charges as very serious matters

Nobody comes into their adult years with the goal of becoming a felon. Unfortunately, many adults will find themselves facing these very serious criminal charges. If you are in this situation, you need to take the initiative to find out what defense options you have so that you can move forward with a plan.

Criminal justice matters are often complex. When you are working on your defense, you will have to take the circumstances of the case into account to come up with a strategy for your defense. We realize that this is often challenging, but it isn't impossible. We can help you discover what options you have for working through your case.

Tax season is here: Remember that honesty is imperative

Income tax season is almost here, which means that now is the time to get your financial information together to file. It is also a good time for a reminder that doing your taxes requires that you are fully honest. This isn't something that you can fib on in any degree. If you do include untruths on your filings, you are facing the prospect of being charged with a crime.

One of the crimes that often comes to light during income tax filing season is tax evasion. This crime simply means that you didn't file your return or that you didn't claim all of the income for which you should have paid taxes.

The problem of police brutality isn't new

Many news stories that have shown up in the past few years have to do with police brutality. Some people don't like to call it what it is, but it is a serious problem. Police officers who abuse the power they have to make sure that laws are followed in the officer's jurisdiction are a huge problem.

It is hard to think about a few bad apples ruining the reputation of police officers being a respectful group, but this is what is going on. For people who are victims of police brutality, life can seem much more difficult after the incident. That is, if they live.

Murder suspect in September murder apprehended in December

When you are accused of murder, a warrant will likely be issued for your arrest. This is a serious matter because it means that the authorities will likely spend time and resources to find you.

People who are in this position should probably work with someone familiar with the criminal justice system to determine a course of action. Oftentimes, getting the ball moving on a defense prior to the arrest is possible.

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.

During the criminal justice process, both of these juries convene at different times. A grand jury convenes before the charges are levied, as its purpose is to determine the strength of the prosecutor's case. The trial jury comes into the picture at the end of the process. This jury determines the fate of the defendant based on the evidence presented.

Your motor vehicle accident action guide

Every time you get behind the wheel, you realize that you could be part of a motor vehicle accident. While you do your best to remain safe, other drivers don't think twice about breaking the law and putting others in harm's way.

This is why it's so important to have a motor vehicle accident action guide in place. In other words, you need to know exactly what you should and shouldn't do if you are part of a crash.

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.

We realize that you might not feel ready to break down a criminal law statute. We are here to help you do this so that you can formulate a plan to answer the charges against you.

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