Lawrenceville Criminal Law Blog

Passenger faces drug charges after traffic stop

Being pulled over by law enforcement is not always a major deal. Minor traffic violations and constantly suspected, and it is rather routine for police officers to stop vehicles to further investigate the matter. What is not a common or minor situation, however, is when a traffic stop turns into a much larger criminal matter. But if law enforcement suspects that something illegal might be going on following a traffic stop, this could cause them to further investigate the matter.

This is what recently happened to a female passenger in Georgia. According to reports, authorities near the intersection of Oates Avenue and 43rd street stopped the vehicle she was in. Police pulled the vehicle over for a tag light being out around 9:15 p.m.

Determining the best defense strategy for you

Facing criminal charges is an overwhelming experience. When individuals in Georgia and elsewhere are charged with a crime, they may be unsure about what the can and should do. Because the state has collected evidence against you, it can be an intimidating experience. However, not all evidence can stand. Additionally, defendants are afforded a wide variety of defense options, making it vital that they assess what options apply to them.

In order to determine what defense strategy is your best fit and option, it is important to gain a full picture and perspective of your options. When pleading to the charges, a defendant has the option to either deny or admit to the charges. This can fall into one of three categories.

Helping you assert a defense against drug charges

Whether it is you or a loved one, facing a criminal charge for a drug crime has the ability to seriously impact the reputation and personal life of an individual. This means that even mere allegations could tarnish the life of the accused as well as their loved ones. Because of this, it is imperative that accused offenders in Georgia understand their circumstances and the options available to them. Taking timely action could have a major impact on their life as well as their future.

At the Law Firm of Christopher T. Adams, P.C., we understand how sensitive a criminal allegation can be; thus, we are dedicated to serving and guiding individuals through this overwhelming time. Whether this is your first offense or not, our experienced attorneys are able to strategize to meet your needs and fight for your rights.

Alleged 'revenge porn' lands young man in jail

A young man is in legal trouble after posting some revealing photographs of a former female companion over the social media. The victim, who is now a college student, was 16 at the time the photos were taken.

The 18-year-old suspect, who is from the suburban Atlanta area, has been released on bond. As the alleged victim is now 18 and attending college, law enforcement officials with her school are investigating this incident and were the ones who requested the charges.

Can I lose my right to own a gun after a domestic assault case?

Although domestic abuse really is a horrible thing, the reality is that many residents of Gwinnett County and those who live in other parts of the Atlanta metro area wind up getting accused of it. Many times, tempers can flare within the home and, before one knows it, police are at the door.

Sadly, in many cases, the report of domestic assault is either outright false or, at a minimum, grossly exaggerated. In other cases, an honest person did make a one-time mistake.

What types of evidence may go into a DUI charge?

Whenever a person has criminal allegations brought against him or her, the details and evidence differs from case to case. Therefore, numerous elements often need to go into consideration before authorities bring charges against you. The type of information that police need to gather may depend on the exact type of situation that has taken place.

When it comes to driving under the influence of alcohol, many different factors could make up the basis for a DUI charge. In some cases, blood-alcohol concentration level may act as enough evidence to file a charge if the percentage reached or went over .08 percent. However, field evidence, driver evidence and BAC could all go into a DUI case against you.

How 'constructive possession' lands people in trouble

Many people who live in Gwinnett County recognize that actually having a controlled substance on their person without having a valid prescription for it can land a person in court and facing drug charges. Some people, particularly younger people who like to attend parties where drugs get used, might get caught off guard by the concept that police in Georgia can also arrest someone and ask for charges based on the "constructive possession" of drugs.

"Constructive possession" is a legal concept, which Georgia law recognizes, that allows police and prosecutors to charge a person with possession of an illegal drug or drug paraphernalia even if the drug is not actually on the suspect herself. The idea behind the concept is that police often find drugs near someone but not actually in their "possession" in the strict sense of the term. Moreover, there is often some dispute as to whom an illegal substance actually belongs.

We help defend against drunk driving charges

As a previous post on this blog covering a recent arrest of a pop star in Georgia on suspicion of DUI stated, not every drunk driving case is one that a person is going to want to just enter a quick plea of guilty and the move on with life. For one, even a first time DUI with no special circumstances can lead to serious and far-ranging consequences.

Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, there are some situations in which it just would not seem right to enter a guilty plea to a drunk driving charge because the person did not actually operate a vehicle while intoxicated. Sometimes, a breath or blood test is simply not accurate or there is some sort of mix up or error in the process that calls the result in to question.

Pop singer faces DUI charge in Georgia

Pop singer Aaron Carter publicly denied that he had engaged in drunk driving on Georgia's roads after being arrested for and charged with DUI in a county about an hour north of the Atlanta area. He did admit that he had marijuana in his vehicle at the time of his arrest. Carter says he uses the drug to treat his anxiety and explained that it was not affecting his driving the evening of his arrest.

According to Carter, he decided to buy a car that was in bad shape rather than have to rent a vehicle. It turned out that the car he purchased had a bad alternator and was not able to keep running.

If the victim recants, are domestic violence charges dismissed?

Most of the time, domestic violence charges are largely a matter of one person's word against the other. This means that some people in the Gwinnett County suburbs of Atlanta might think that if an alleged victim of domestic violence recants his or her story by saying the violence did not happen or simply refuses to cooperate, then the criminal case is effectively over.

While of course it helps prosecutors when an alleged victim is willing to go forward with the charges, the police and prosecutors are actually quite accustomed to their star witnesses backing out of domestic violence cases and are fully prepared to move on with or without the victim. Specifically, police are trained to pick up on other clues and evidence of whether violence occurred, and they also have ways of capturing what an alleged victim initially said about violence when they called the police and then using those statements in court.

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