If a police officer stops you for speeding, an improper lane change, or running a stop sign, chances are they will issue you a traffic ticket and you will be on your way. However, in some cases, the officer may ask to search your vehicle. Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, you are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. In other words, Georgia police officers cannot search your home, vehicle, luggage, or any other place where you have a legitimate expectation of privacy without probable cause or a warrant to do so.
Convicted felons do not always have the same rights they did before. Under the Constitution, as well as under Georgia law, anyone who has been convicted of a felony is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. If a convicted felon is caught with a firearm, they may face criminal charges.
Battery is a serious crime, particularly when the victim is a minor. A middle school teacher in Georgia has been charged with battery after she allegedly pulled a student out of class and into the hallway by grabbing her by the hair.
Facing criminal charges in Georgia can be one of the most difficult things you ever have to experience. Regardless of what crime you are accused of committing, if you are convicted, you will likely have to face legal consequences, as well as long-term effects on your life. A criminal defense attorney can help come up with an effective defense strategy to combat the charges against you.
If facing criminal charges of any kind, the accused have a few options available while going through the legal process. In many Georgia cases, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys are able to work together to come up with a plea deal that benefits all parties involved. However, there also downsides to accepting a plea deal, particularly for the person being charged.
Airsoft guns are a hot topic of debate around the globe. Some countries have banned them altogether due to their uncanny resemblance to an actual firearm. In the United States, airsoft guns are required to have a bright orange tip on the end of the barrel to identify them as such. It is illegal to remove the orange tip, and anyone committing a crime using or portraying an airsoft gun as a real weapon is subject to punishment just as if a real weapon was used.
The terms assault and battery are commonly mistaken for the same crime. However, though they are similar in nature, they each have defining characteristics and separate sentencing guidelines. The most defining difference between the two is the presence of actual physical harm.
Some crimes committed in the state of Georgia can affect both future, as well as current, employment. These crimes are especially relevant to employment in higher level, professional positions such as bankers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, attorneys, and other such positions in which trust is a large factor. They are known as "moral turpitude" crimes, and include a long list of offenses. A current or potential employer can decide to terminate or deny employment if a person has been convicted of such.
In a bizarre Facebook post, a squatter staked his claim on a brand new, $500,000 house in Georgia. He then moved himself and his nephew into the dwelling, and posted signs on the windows claiming he now owned the property.
A 39-year-old Buford woman had been indicted on charges stemming from the shooting of her husband. Additional charges have also been added.