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August 2014 Archives

Athens man arrested for theft

An Athens resident was recently arrested on both drug and gun charges. Willie Clausell was arrested after police found half a pill on his person. The pill was a controlled substance and Clausell did not have a prescription for the medication. In addition, he was carrying a pistol without a license. Both offenses led to a Wednesday night arrest.

DUI while riding a bike

When most people think of drunk driving charges, it is usually in reference to getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while impaired. However, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge can result from the operation of a variety of different motorized and non-motorized vehicles. Recently, an Athens, Georgia resident was charged with a DUI after being suspected of riding a bike while impaired.

Why should drug sentencing guidelines be changed?

The "War on Drugs" is a popular phrase that has been used to describe America's ongoing attention to the flow of drugs into the United States and throughout the country. Though there have been many victories over the years, by many accounts, the nation is failing to win this war. This current status has lead government officials to take unconventional steps to remedy the situation.

Questions about the use of license plate readers

If you have recently been stopped for a traffic violation, you may have noticed a camera mounted on the police car. Police officers utilize cameras to scan license plates of unsuspecting drivers. The license plates are run through the police data base and can reveal if outstanding warrants or other offenses by the owner of the vehicle. Some are crying foul on this new law enforcement tool calling it a violation of personal rights.

Pretrial intervention program prevents drug trial

When does a request to purchase a souvenir lead to a criminal investigation? When the souvenir requested is prescription drugs - which ultimately lead to misdemeanor drug charges for a retired University of Georgia professor. Instead of enduring a lengthy trial, the man charged decided to utilize an alternative court program.

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