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FTAs and Atlanta Municipal Court

Ransomware Attack Cripples Atlanta Municipal Court and Causes Confusion, Missed Court Dates You may have heard of the ransomware attack that struck the City of Atlanta in March of this year.  This attack, in which hackers demanded that the City pay $51,000 in bitcoin, crippled many of the city’s government offices, and it continues to affect […]

Things To Know During Memorial Day Traffic Crackdowns

10 Things To Know During Memorial Day Traffic Crackdowns All attorneys who practice DUI law in Georgia know that holiday weekends mean traffic enforcement crackdowns, and Memorial Day weekend is no exception. On Monday, law enforcement officials in Georgia and its neighboring states began what they call the “Hands Across the Border” traffic enforcement campaign. […]

Medical Marijuana And What It Means for Georgia Drivers

Last week, Governor Deal signed into law a new bill that expands the number of Georgians who are able to legally use cannabis oil to treat certain medical conditions.  Click here to read to full text of the bill as it was signed into law.  Cannabis oil has been legal for a very small number […]

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.  […]

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