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Is your co-parent unfit?

Your child’s wellbeing is your number one priority. Even though you did not get physical custody of your child after your divorce, you still make an effort to be aware of their living situation. Lately, you’ve been noticing that your co-parent could be doing a much better job. But is that because parenting is a struggle? Or is it because your co-parent is unfit?

The definitions of child neglect, child abandonment and child abuse can help you distinguish a struggling parent from an unfit one.

Drunk driving legal defense attorneys can help college students

Summer is coming to an end and autumn is on the horizon. For college students in Georgia, football season is in full swing, which often means parties and tailgating. Even students that are of legal drinking age may find themselves in trouble, and may want to look into drunk driving legal defense attorneys. 

Recently, a star player for the University of Georgia football team was booked on drunk driving charges. Campus police report that they observed the defensive lineman driving erratically. They pulled the vehicle over to investigate further after it reportedly swerved left of center and ended up entirely on the wrong side of the roadway. Field sobriety tests were performed, which the young man apparently did not pass.

Accused of domestic violence? New law aims to take your firearms

When a person is convicted of a felony, especially if the crime is violent or drug-related, federal law may prohibit the person from owning or possessing firearms. However, statistics show there is usually little to no enforcement. The state of Georgia is considering a new law that would tighten restrictions on people accused of domestic violence. 

Slated for a vote next year, the new law would prohibit persons convicted of any sort of crime related to family violence from buying, owning or possessing a firearm. The law will also include people who are the subject of temporary protection orders, even if that person has not been tried or convicted for a violent crime. This law is meant to protect people and prevent future crimes, yet it will seemingly not take individual cases or offenders into consideration but, rather, applies the same restrictions to every conviction. 

Man dead, woman charged with DUI in Georgia

A woman is facing DUI and vehicular homicide charges after a fatal accident involving a bicyclist. The accident took place in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on the morning of July 17. The 24-year-old victim was identified by police and taken into custody. It is unclear whether she remains there at this time or whether she has retained defense counsel. 

According to the police report, just before 5 a.m., a 34-year-old woman was driving south on Roswell Road when she allegedly struck the 24-year-old cyclist. She then continued some 100 yards up the road before crashing. Police arrived shortly thereafter and arrested her on suspicion of DUI. She was also charged with driving without a license. 

Do you know what factors can affect a judge’s custody decision?

For many people, facing divorce means facing numerous uncertainties. If you are a parent, your children are precious to you, but, unfortunately, the custody of your children can be one of the many uncertainties you face in divorce.

Parents usually have the most control over child custody outcomes when they work together to create a plan. However, this is not always possible, and when divorcing couples cannot decide, a judge will decide for them. If you are concerned you and your ex will not reach an agreement regarding child custody, it can be helpful to understand what factors judges consider when selecting an appropriate child custody arrangement.

Cops get sneaky. Do you need a traffic ticket defense law firm?

Drivers dread the moment a police car pulls up behind their vehicle and flips on the lights and siren. Being stopped for a traffic offense can make for a long day. It has recently been revealed that Georgia police are going undercover to issue more citations, leaving drivers to mull the idea of contacting a traffic ticket defense law firm

Last year, the state of Georgia passed a law prohibiting drivers from using smartphones and other devices behind the wheel. Known as distracted driving, this offense has resulted in thousands of tickets since the inception of the law. Now, it has become evident that police are stepping up their game, resorting to a sneaky tactic to catch people suspected of distracted driving. 

Police officer may consider consulting DUI defense attorney

Georgia residents rely on the men and women of law enforcement to keep the state safe. Police officers are often held in high regard, but it is important to remember that these brave men and women are not immune to legal troubles of their own. Recently, a police officer found himself facing DUI charges, but the details surrounding the incident remain vague. 

The officer was driving through Georgia while off duty. He struck a pedestrian with his vehicle. When his on-duty counterparts arrived at the scene, they determined that the officer was under the influence, allegedly of drugs, at the time of the crash. 

Will you need domestic violence defense attorneys to keep guns?

Georgia residents may be among the millions of Americans who own firearms. Many people may not be aware that being convicted of certain crimes can result in the loss of a person's right to own and possess firearms and some other weapons. Domestic Violence is one of these crimes, and if a person is facing domestic violence charges, he or she may want to consider seeking aid from domestic violence defense attorneys

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has a new director. He feels that Georgia is not enforcing the federal laws that prohibit violent offenders from owning or possessing dangerous weapons. He wants to present new ideas to take guns out of the hands of persons convicted of domestic violence. 

Will you need a drunk driving legal defense attorney?

The state of Georgia takes driving safety seriously. When law enforcement officers suspect a driver may be a danger, they do not hesitate to attempt a traffic stop. While certainly, police intervention can help prevent accidents and injuries, a hasty response on the part of the police may result in an innocent driver being accused, rendering the need for a drunk driving legal defense attorney

A recent case involves a man who was driving through Georgia at night. The vehicle allegedly had a light that had malfunctioned, attracting the attention of a local police patrol unit. The police stated that they felt the driver was maneuvering in an "erratic" way, but they did not cite any specific behaviors that might justify the use of the word. 

Legal defense against felony charges could protect right to vote

Each state has different laws regarding who can and cannot vote. In the state of Georgia, a person who has been convicted of a felony may be barred from voting, which, in and of itself, is not unusual. In other states, this restriction is usually applied based on a specific reason or crime of which a person was convicted. In Georgia, however, the law is worded so vaguely that some lawmakers themselves admit they do not understand it. Legal defense against felony charges could help save a person's right to cast his or her ballot. 

The problem seems to lie in wording that has not been changed since the Civil War. In other states, laws that bar felons from voting often list specific crimes for which such punishment is applicable. Georgia law says that any person convicted of a felony of "moral turpitude" may not vote, even after he or she has completed a prison sentence. 

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