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Speeding driver arrested for drunk driving

Georgia police recently arrested a speeding driver who they say was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested shortly after being involved in a single-car accident. Charged with multiple offenses, including DUI and reckless driving, he could possibly be facing some serious criminal consequences.

In the early hours of Oct. 12, 2019, police say they spotted a driver traveling approximately 131 mph on a highway. Although authorities attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the driver allegedly continued on in an attempt to lose them. This situation ended when the 33-year-old driver hit a median made of concrete. His car then flipped over across a guardrail.

Co-parenting for dads made easier with a parenting plan

Divorce can compound differences in parenting beliefs, goals and ideals, making it difficult to get on the same parenting page. If you are a parent facing a divorce, surely you are concerned about how to manage custody negotiations.

Even if you’re an active dad involved in caretaking and addressing the emotional needs of your children, you may be concerned that you won’t get equal custody of your kids. Georgia family law stipulates that both parents are equal when it comes to child custody arrangements. Georgia family courts evaluate each case individually and base child custody decisions on the best interests of the children.

Georgia police arrest man for suspected drunk driving

A man in Alpharetta was arrested after an accident result in his vehicle being totaled, according to local sources. Georgia police say the unidentified man was arrested in the early morning of Oct. 12, and he is now charged with a variety of infractions, including drunk driving. So far, no court date has been announced publicly. When the man faces his charges in court, he will likely be represented by a criminal defense attorney. 

According to police in Alpharetta, the man was encountered traveling some 130 mph on a local highway when officers initiated a chase. The man reportedly fled the scene in his vehicle, even speeding up according to the officers chasing him. The driver then lost control of the vehicle, which struck a median before flipping over a guardrail. 

Assistant police chief in Georgia charged with DUI

An assistant police chief in Clarkston has reportedly submitted his resignation as of Sept. 4 following his arrest for DUI, according to local sources. The Georgia officer was arrested for suspected drunk driving in Henry County on Aug. 30. No court date has been announced, but when he faces his charges, he will be represented by a defense attorney in court. 

According to the report communicated by local news, the 11-year veteran of the local police force was pulled over for an illegal right turn at a red light. The responding officer on the scene said the man appeared intoxicated due to bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The officer also said he could smell what seemed to be alcohol emanating from the car. 

Drug charges: Know your rights regarding home searches

If police knock on a Georgia resident's door at home, does he or she have to let them in? The question is perhaps more complex than one might realize because the answer depends on numerous factors. Learning as much as possible about search and seizure rights can be helpful if a police search leads to drug charges.

A police officer must have reason to conduct a search. More specifically, he or she must have reason to believe a crime has been committed inside a person's home in order to have legitimate cause to want to search the home. A police officer, in most cases, must have a valid search warrant to go rummaging around inside someone's house.

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.

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