The Many Different Types of Theft Crimes in Georgia

Georgia law creates many different descriptions of crimes regarding theft. These offenses can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies, depending upon the value of the property at issue. The circumstances of the offense (such as whether a firearm was involved) can also affect the severity of the penalty. Penalties for theft crimes can vary greatly. [...]

By | 2018-04-06T15:16:04+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Impact of the “Me Too Movement” and Sexual Crimes

Lately, sexual harassment and sexual crimes have faced an unprecedented level of media coverage. Movements such as Me Too, Time’s Up, and other advocacy groups have raised awareness for a wide variety of sexual misconduct - both in and outside of the workplace. Their work has given many victims the courage to speak up about [...]

By | 2018-04-06T15:05:46+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Payday Lenders Can Face Criminal Charges

It's not uncommon for a person who needs an advance on their paycheck to seek out a payday lender. According to the Consumer Protection Unit of the Georgia Department of Law, payday loans are generally illegal in Georgia. In limited circumstances, a payday loan can be lawfully made within the state. These circumstances include: 1. [...]

By | 2018-04-06T14:53:14+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Criminal Defense, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Firearm Offenses Carry Serious Penalties Under Georgia Law

Recently, Second Amendment rights have become a heated political issue across the United States. While it is true that the Second Amendment protects citizens’ rights to bear arms, this legal right is not without restriction. Georgia state law creates many regulations pertaining to the improper use of guns. It is important for residents and visitors [...]

By | 2018-04-06T14:42:53+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Electronic Surveillance Can Be a Felony

Georgia law defines many crimes. Many of the more obscure offenses are not well known, and as a result, defendants may not know that their conduct was prohibited until they face criminal charges. Electronic surveillance is one such crime. Many states do not expressly prohibit electronic surveillance in their criminal statutes. The Official Code of [...]

By | 2018-04-05T18:40:44+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Traffic Offenses Can Carry Serious Collateral Consequences

At first glance, a traffic offense may seem like a minor matter with relatively insignificant consequences. It is true that the fines for most traffic offenses are not financially devastating. But it is important for defendants to realize that a traffic offense can carry long-lasting and expensive consequences in many different areas of their lives. [...]

By | 2018-03-07T18:11:26+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Drunk Driving, Traffic Violations|0 Comments

The Long Lasting Consequences of Federal Criminal Charges

Many people have heard the expression “don’t make a federal case out of it”. But fewer are aware of why, exactly, federal cases are so much more consequential than cases in state court. Federal sentencing guidelines impose mandatory minimum sentence lengths on many different federal crimes. This makes it even more important for defendants in [...]

By | 2018-03-07T18:05:55+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

The Confusing Enforcement of Marijuana Laws in Georgia

The United States has a confusing patchwork of state and federal laws related to marijuana. Medicinal and recreational use, amounts for legal possession, paraphernalia, and other matters related to marijuana can all be subject to different legal regulations depending upon the state one happens to be in - or even different places within the same [...]

By | 2018-03-07T18:00:24+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Drug Crimes, Marijuana|0 Comments

Outdated Criminal Laws Can Unfairly Discriminate Against LGBTQ Defendants

Certain crimes have been ruled unconstitutional by both the Georgia Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. When this happens, prosecutions of such cases must stop, and the criminal statutes are often rewritten to reflect the change. But what happens to defendants who have already been convicted under the old statute? For some, it [...]

By | 2018-03-07T17:56:00+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

Georgia Legislators Consider a New Hate Crime Law

Hate crime laws designate certain criminal offenses for enhanced sentencing. These offenses are committed based upon race, national origin, or other similar biases the perpetrator has against the victim of the crime. Georgia is one of only five states which do not have designated hate crimes written into state criminal statutes. Now, state lawmakers are [...]

By | 2018-03-07T17:50:00+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Criminal Defense|0 Comments