Georgia Considers Restoring Ex-Offenders’ Voting Rights

The Georgia State Senate is currently considering a measure that would restore voting rights to a number of people with felonies in their pasts. The measure, if implemented, would only apply to non-violent offenders. In the 2016 election, nearly 250,000 Georgians were denied the right to vote. The issue is being studied by the Senate …

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Georgia State Patrol Still Reeling From Cyber Attack

Three months ago, hackers launched a massive ransomware attack that crippled the Georgia Department of Public Safety. The problem remains unresolved, as GSP is still unable to access its computer system or its digital records. It is believed that some records, believed to be from tickets written July 23-26, are simply lost permanently. That will …

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Georgia Supreme Court Admits Error in Possible Wrongful Conviction Case

Last week, the Georgia Supreme Court denied the State’s last-ditch effort to prevent Devonia Inman from having his case retried. Inman first went to prison for the murder of Donna Brown in 1998. This happened despite the fact that Inman has always sworn his innocence, and despite witnesses that approached police to point the finger …

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Court TV Appearance on August 20, 2019

This Tuesday, August 20, I had the opportunity to appear on Court TV to discuss two cases: Florida v. Drejka and Ohio v. Richardson. In Florida v. Drejka, Drejka was charged with manslaughter after shooting Markeis McGlockton outside of a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida. This occurred after a dispute over a handicapped parking spot. …

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Georgia Speeding Crackdown Begins Today

As you begin your work week, watch out for speed traps. Beginning today (July 15, 2019), law enforcement agencies around Georgia and surrounding states will be participating in Operation Southern Shield, a speeding and traffic violation crackdown that will run until July 21, 2019. If you do end up getting a speeding ticket during Operation …

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Understanding Implied Consent in Georgia DUI Cases

What is Georgia’s Implied Consent law? Georgia’s Implied Consent law can “require [a person] to submit to state administered chemical tests of your blood, breath, urine, or other bodily substances” in order to determine if [he or she is] DUI. At first glance, this would seem to be at odds with the Fourth Amendment, which states …

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Georgia Criminal Court Procedures

There are many different kinds of hearings in Georgia criminal cases, including Bond Hearings, Preliminary Hearings, Arraignments, Motions Hearings, Calendar Call, Trials, and Sentencing Hearings. While some Georgia Courts use slightly different vocabulary or handle multiple types of hearings at a single court date, most follow the same general procedures. Bail & Bond When a person is taken into custody, the first …

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Fulton County Father’s Day Restorative Justice Program

This week I had the great privilege of speaking with CBS 46 about Fulton County’s Restorative Justice Expungement Program along with Solicitor Keith Gammage. I have been assisting clients in my private practice with record restriction for about 10 years, and I had the opportunity to get involved with Fulton County’s program back in November …

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