Timothy O. McCalep

March 2017 Archives

Work with experienced criminal defense attorney to sort out probation issues in criminal defense

In our last post, we looked briefly at a House bill currently under consideration which would make it easier for offenders participating in probation to have their supervision terminated after several years. It remains to be seen how much support the bills will generate, but it could be a way for the state to reduce the burden on its probation officers.

Bill would make early termination of probation an automatic consideration

When an individual is charged with a crime, there are different ways the case can be resolved. In some cases, the defendant decides to plead not guilty and proceed to trial. In other cases, the defendant agrees to resolve the case with a plea deal or is entered into a diversion program in which penalties are suspended, both of which can involve probation.

What are the penalties for first-time drunk driving in Georgia? P.2

Previously, we mentioned that there are both criminal and administrative penalties for DUI charges. Because license suspension is an administrative penalty, it proceeds separately from the criminal case. That means that an individual could still have his or her license suspended even if there is insufficient evidence for prosecutors to secure a criminal conviction.

Georgia Gun Laws Lead to Mistaken Arrests

As a general rule, gun laws in the South are more lenient than most anywhere else in the United States. Nevertheless, there is often a lot of ambiguity surrounding these laws, both on the part of the general public and on the part of law enforcement officers. This often leads to people unintentionally breaking the law as well as police officers wrongfully arresting people who are within their legal rights. To help clear up some of the confusion, we're exploring the gun laws and regulations in Georgia as they stand today.

What are the penalties for first-time drunk driving in Georgia? P.1

When the average individual is arrested for drunken driving, they are usually too caught off guard to clearly remember their legal rights or to understand the implications of the decisions they make on subsequent criminal proceedings. Usually, it isn't until after an investigation has occurred, criminal citations have been made, and the individual speaks with an attorney, that they begin to understand the potential penalties they face if they are convicted.

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