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September 2016 Archives

Understanding temporary restraining orders in Georgia

A restraining order is a type of order issued by the court that directs a party to either refrain from certain actions or directs him or her to take certain actions. A failure to follow the requirements of a restraining order can result in legal consequences. In general, a restraining order offers protections to both men and women in domestic violence situations and provides consequences for violating the restraining order.

Georgia commissioner faces domestic violence charges

Family violence is a serious issue with a significant impact on families and communities. A Georgia commissioner is facing domestic violence charges following an alleged recent incident at his family home. He was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery. According to the police report, the domestic violence incident arose when the commissioner's wife attempted to take his cell phone and call a female contact stored in his cell phone's address book.

NBA basketball player faces drug and other charges in Georgia

Laws are in place to protect individuals accused of crimes, which is why it is important to be familiar with the legal protections afforded through the criminal justice system. Following a recent traffic stop in Georgia, an NBA basketball player from another state is facing several criminal charges. The basketball player was charged with driving under the influence, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and an additional traffic-related charge. According to the police report, a police officer was following the basketball player's vehicle when he observed that the tail lights on the player's vehicle were not working. The police officer also allegedly saw the basketball player's vehicle swerve from the right lane to the left lane and fail to maintain lane control following a turn.

The serious impact of felony drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges are always serious. In some circumstances, an individual accused of driving under the influence may face felony Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges. Felony DUI charges may be charged when injury has been caused, the accused individual has prior DUI convictions or when aggravating circumstances were present. Aggravating factors that may lead to a felony DUI charge can include having a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, the height of blood alcohol content level measured or a history of driving on a suspended license.

What are 'graffiti' charges and why are they serious?

Vandalism refers to the destruction or defacing of another person's property without their permission. 'Graffiti' charges are a type of vandalism that may carry significant penalties and consequences for individuals accused of graffiti crimes. In Georgia, graffiti can include words, inscriptions, figures, paintings or other defacements of property. In addition, graffiti can be written, marked, drawn, painted, sprayed, etched, scratched or engraved, or in any other way affixed, to property without the permission of the owner of the property or the occupant of the property.

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