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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Georgia DDS Administering Socially-Distanced Driving Test

In the midst of a pandemic, it is no longer safe to administer a driving test the old-fashioned way, with an examiner riding in the car and observing the on-road behavior of a prospective teen driver (or other driver’s license applicant). As a result, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has been forced to …

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Legal Mythbusters: “Pressing” Charges

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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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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