Know Your Rights: DUI Roadblocks and Vehicle Safety Checkpoints

In a vehicle safety checkpoint, the police block off the road and stop every driver. They will typically ask for the driver’s documentation and may ask some questions. This would seem to be an illegal seizure or search under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment states: The right of the people to …

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Fisher’s Findings: Charitable Injustice by Otto L. Wheeler

A few months ago, I was approached by Otto L. Wheeler, a writer based in Austin, Texas. He asked if I would be willing to consult on a new writing project he was working on, which would take place in Atlanta. Over the course of a few conversations, we talked about the city, the court …

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Shakeup for Gwinnett County DUI Cases

Recently, Gwinnett County Solicitor Brian Whiteside announced that the Gwinnett County Solicitor’s Office will no longer hear DUI cases set for motions or trial in the Gwinnett County Recorder’s Court, but will instead bind over those cases to Gwinnett State Court. Subsequently, Solicitor Whiteside filed suit against two Recorder’s Court judges, alleging that they were …

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DUI Scam Alert:  Don’t Let Fraudsters Steal Your Money

Recently, I received a call from a very concerned parent who lived outside of Georgia (for the sake of anonymity, I’m going to keep these personal details vague). The parent had just received a call, allegedly from their child (who lived in Georgia), over a very poor connection. During this call, the “child” stated that …

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Thoughts from a Georgia Lawyer: Go Vote!

In case you haven’t heard, today is election day. After a contentious campaign, Americans around the country are taking to the polls. In fact, many have already voted both by absentee/mail-in ballots and during early voting periods. Reports have estimated that early voting totals have, in some states, already surpassed the total number of ballots …

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What Are My Rights If I’m Stopped by the Police?

Ask a Georgia Lawyer:  What Are My Rights If I’m Stopped by the Police? Asserting your rights is crucial if you are stopped by the police. If you are eventually charged with a crime, asserting your rights can make the difference between a criminal conviction and a dismissal or acquittal. That said, we have seen …

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Friday Legal News Roundup: What Happened This Week?

With a presidential election coming up next week, there is a lot going on both in Georgia and in the country more broadly. That said, here are some of this week’s significant developments in legal news. Some you have definitely heard about, and others you may have missed. National: Let’s start with the most significant …

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