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R&B artist gears up for domestic violence defense

Georgia residents may be familiar with the R&B artist R. Kelly. The musician rose to fame after decades of successful albums, even providing songs for several feature films. No stranger to the limelight, R. Kelly is surely used to being the subject of controversy. Unfortunately, he now finds himself in a position where he must present a domestic violence defense. 

Recently, a documentary featuring the artist aired on television. Throughout the documentary, accusations were made that he abuses the women who often reside in his homes. Families of the alleged victims tearfully accused Kelly of "brainwashing" the ladies so they would not attempt to leave a supposedly abusive environment. 

Man prepares for legal defense against felony charges

A Georgia man who says he did his best to help an elderly neighbor now finds himself in a serious legal situation. By all accounts, the elderly man often relied on his younger neighbor to assist him with various tasks and errands. Unfortunately, the man's close relationship with the elderly gentleman has put him in a position to prepare a legal defense against felony charges

The trouble began when the elderly man's bank alerted authorities to a list of online charges that seemed suspicious. After some investigation, it was quickly determined that the elderly man had not made the charges, nor was he aware that thousands of dollars had been spent without his authorization. When family members were asked for any clues that may lead police to an arrest, the younger Georgia man was quickly accused, due to his close relationship with the elderly gentleman, who by all accounts trusted the young man to help him. 

Rapper prepares legal defense against felony charges

Gwinnett County, Georgia, residents are by now aware that the state boasts an ever-growing music community. The "hip-hop capitol of the south" had become a favorite stop for many touring artists and has even become the venue for awards shows for the popular genre. Law enforcement has been known to target persons connected to the music industry, and a recent incident leaves one famous rapper preparing to present a legal defense against felony charges.

Several weeks ago, famed artist Ty Dolla $ign was riding in a limousine with several other big name musicians to support a fellow artist at a live show. The vehicle was stopped by police who, for unknown reasons, decided to search the vehicle. They allegedly found drugs. 

High numbers of drunk driving tickets issued in recent weeks

The holidays are a time to celebrate, and many Georgia residents like to do so with a favorite alcoholic beverage. Many major brands ramp up advertising efforts during the holiday season with commercials that feature familiar Christmas carols, characters from nostalgic cartoons, football fans, and scenes of family and friends gathered by a cozy fire. During the holidays, alcohol sales traditionally spike because many shoppers like to give a favorite spirit as a gift. One thing that may put a damper on a person's festive fun is being accused of drunk driving.

By law, the legal BAC, short for blood alcohol content, is 0.08 for drivers over 21 years of age. For drivers under 21, the limit drops to 0.02. The penalty for a first offense is up to a year in jail. 

Teach your teen about reckless driving

You are a proud parent of a teenager. You remember the day you brought your baby home from the hospital. You watched that baby grow into a toddler that crawled and then walked. Now, that baby is about to turn 16. With this special birthday comes the opportunity for your teen to get their driver’s license.

You are excited for this opportunity, but you also worry. Stories about distracted and reckless teen drivers come up in the news often. You’ve chatted with your child about distracted driving, but it would be beneficial to explain reckless driving to them as well.

Domestic violence defense attorneys can help those accused

Domestic violence is a growing concern in Georgia and across the country. Communities are often shocked when one of their neighbors claims to be the victim of a violent crime. Though domestic violence can affect people of any demographic, sometimes such accusations turn out to be false or exaggerated. Those accused have every right to enlist the aid of domestic violence defense attorneys.

Law enforcement takes reports of domestic violence very seriously. Recently, a woman, reportedly unharmed, ran to a neighbor's house to call 911. She claimed that she had been arguing with a man in her home, and that he had fired a weapon during the situation. 

Felony charges filed against preteen after incident in mall

Gwinnett County residents may know that facing criminal charges in Georgia can be a stressful experience. During an arrest, the behavior of a suspect may influence the legal outcome for the person accused. Even for adults, it can be difficult to determine how to react when law enforcement makes contact to accuse someone of a crime. Recently, a 12-year-old boy found himself facing a situation that resulted in felony charges after an incident at a local mall. 

The boy had achieved a level of fame as a young musician, even appearing on a popular television show to showcase his talents. In an attempt to begin a career in the music industry, the boy, with the help of family members, attempted to make and sell his own CDs. He was reportedly warned he was not allowed to sell them inside a local mall. 

Addiction a sad element in many cases involving drug charges

Georgia is on the front lines of a nationwide drug addiction epidemic. Many people have friends or family members that have struggled with addiction. While the medical field now considers drug addiction a disease that requires treatment, the possession, use and/or sale of drugs is still a crime. Being accused of any of these actions usually creates the need for a criminal defense, particularly since convictions for drug charges can result in serious legal consequences. 

Recently, a man was accused of failing to pay his taxi fare. Police received a complaint from the cab driver, and soon made contact with the suspect. They searched his belongings, and found what they believed to be a pipe with residue from illegal narcotics in his backpack. 

Drunk driving legal defense attorneys can help people accused

Georgia drivers likely know that driving while intoxicated is a serious accusation. People who get pulled over under suspicion of drinking and driving may try to avoid admitting they are under the influence. Some drivers, however, do the right thing and cooperate with officers. Even when people admit they have broken the law with regards to drinking and driving, drunk driving legal defense attorneys can still strive to mitigate the potential consequences their clients may face. 

Recently, a Georgia driver was stopped by officers after driving erratically. He admitted to the officers that he had been drinking. The man was described as remorseful and did not even want to try a field sobriety test. 

What makes assault or battery a felony in Georgia?

You are facing felony charges of assault and battery, and you feel overwhelmed by frightening, complex criminal justice system. If you are convicted of your charges, the state will consider you a felon.

You never intended for your situation to get so out of control, and the thought of becoming a convicted felon horrifies you. You may be wondering what makes some assault and battery charges cross the line from misdemeanors to felonies.

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