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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Georgia Failure to Appear Warrants: How They Happen and How To Fix Them

Whether you have received a traffic citation or are being charged with a criminal offense in a Georgia criminal court, failing to appear in court can have major consequences. These consequences may include: Arrest pursuant to a bench warrant, Driver’s License Suspension, Jail for up to 3 days or a fine of up to $200. …

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Friday Legal News Roundup:  What are the legal news stories you should know from this week?

National: Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, filed suit against the Trump Organization. He alleged, according to CNN, that the Organization failed to “fulfill its contractual obligations to indemnify him or pay his attorneys’ fees relating to his work after he began cooperating with federal investigators.” According to Cohen, his attorneys fees total $1.9 million. On Monday, …

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Mythbuster Monday: Eyewitness Testimony

Since I began to practice law, I’ve learned that there are many misconceptions about the practice of law, criminal defendants, and the justice system. As a criminal defense attorney, I spend a lot of time debunking these misconceptions, for two major reasons. For one, if you are a Georgia citizen, you could potentially be called to serve as a …

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Weekly Legal News Roundup

Friday Legal News Roundup:  What are the legal news stories you should know from this week? National The President’s former attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, testified before the House of Representatives. Read more at NPR, Washington Post, and/or Fox News. In North Carolina, an election fraud scandal, which forced the state to hold a new …

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Atlanta Courthouse

Bench Warrant Dismissal in Atlanta Municipal Court

Bench Warrant Dismissal in Atlanta Municipal Court Yesterday I was in Fulton County getting a case dismissed. Today I was just up the street in Atlanta Municipal Court securing a dismissal on a different, though nonetheless important, type of matter: a Failure to Appear and Bench Warrant. I have written at length about Failures of …

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Another Day, Another Dismissal (and Another Happy Client)

Another Day, Another Dismissal (and Another Happy Client) Not a bad start to the week. This particular case was a traffic case that was bound over (transferred) from municipal court to Fulton County State Court. There were two charges: Failure to Maintain Lane and Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device. We requested a jury trial. …

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