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Accountability Courts

My take on accountability courts In 2012, Governor Deal appointed a former drug court judge to the Criminal Justice Reform Council, and charged him with finding ways to improve Georgia’s criminal justice system.  The Council ultimately recommended increased funding for various accountability court programs throughout the state. Recently, I came across an article about accountability […]

Restorative Justice Freedom Summit

In Georgia, approximately 3.8 million people (or a third of Georgia’s population) have a criminal record.  This includes not just convictions, but charges and arrests (both felony and misdemeanor) and may include arrests for cases that have been dismissed.  These criminal records, which appear when a potential employer runs a background check, can stand in […]

FAMILY VIOLENCE AND THE HOLIDAYS

Stress can cause people to act in unusual ways, and for many people, the holidays can be a stressful and difficult time.  This may be one of the reasons that arrest rates tend to spike over the holidays. Family violence is one criminal offense that spikes notably around the holidays, as reported by The Atlantic.[1]  […]

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Last year, 273 Georgia drivers were arrested for DUI over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Many of these drivers were likely stopped, and ultimately arrested, at DUI checkpoints.  Police agencies around Georgia use DUI checkpoints year-round to detect what they believe to be impaired drivers.  However, use of these checkpoints increases drastically around the holiday season, […]

KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS: WHAT TO DO WHEN PULLED OVER FOR SUSPECTED DUI

What was once merely fodder for movies and TV shows has since evolved into the subject of national headlines: traffic stops gone awry. This raises the question of what you should and should not do if you are pulled over. Knowing your rights under Georgia law can be the difference between having an uneventful police […]

MARIJUANA LAWS IN ATLANTA: SLOW TO BURN OUT

Georgia has seen an economic boon in recent years, as companies flock to the metro area and local populations continue to soar. Despite these changes, one thing remains the same: the ongoing battle over marijuana in Georgia and its legality (or illegality). There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation about marijuana legalization and decriminalization. Though […]

What Parents of Teen and Young Adult Drivers in Georgia should Know and Understand

Georgia’s TADRS: Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act was enacted in 1997.  The law establishes the concept of Graduated Driver Licensing for 16-year-old drivers and also imposes additional restrictions on drivers up to age 18 and up to 21.  Prior to the enactment of this law, the fatality rate of teenage drivers was very high.  […]

Surprising Note on Windshield Encourages Safe Driving

Recently a woman and her husband felt that they might have had too much to drink to drive home safely after eating and drinking at a restaurant in Alberta, Canada.  They made the smart decision to leave their car in the parking lot, call an Uber or taxi and leave their car to be picked […]