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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. 

Are you financially prepared to get a divorce?

If you are an organized person in general, getting a divorce might be even more stressful for you. The process can be complicated and there are so many different elements to it. You might want to prepare ahead of time as much as possible.

Aside from your kids and the health of your family, your finances and personal assets might be one of your top concerns during the divorce. Dividing assets and navigating finances is one of the main factors in a divorce. You want to make sure you are well prepared for this part of the process.

Drug charges escalate to murder accusation

Like much of the nation, Georgia is embroiled in a drug crisis. As the numbers of overdose deaths continue to rise, law enforcement is attempting to tighten the noose on the individuals they suspect are selling the dangerous drugs. Recently, a man accused of selling heroin is facing not only drug charges, but murder. 

Law enforcement is making an attempt to cut off the supply of illegal drugs by going after the people they suspect are selling the drugs. One Georgia man allegedly sold heroin to a person who had a documented history of substance abuse. The man died, and authorities determined that the heroin he ingested was laced with other substances that increased the chances for an overdose death.

NFL owner under fire amid domestic violence defense for player

The state of Georgia, along with the rest of the nation, takes a hard stance against violent crimes. Domestic violence is an ongoing problem in the United States, and many victims need resources and assistance. However, sometimes the reaction of law enforcement, friends and family, or an employer, can be a bit overzealous toward the person accused of abuse. Recently, the owner of an NFL team has been criticized for doing the opposite. 

The man that owns the Chiefs franchise has been called to task for mishandling situations in which players on his team have been accused of domestic violence. In situations where a person with some level of fame or celebrity, such as a professional sports player, has been accused of domestic violence, the public outcry often begins before the facts of the case are known. If people believe a false allegation, the accused may suffer personal or professional repercussions unfairly. 

Mom offers relatable traffic ticket defense

Gwinnett County, Georgia, parents know all too well that, when a small voice in the back seat says, "I gotta go!," you've gotta go. Potty training a young child can be a stressful milestone, and an "accident" while parent and child are out and about can throw off the whole day. Recently, one mother did her best to avoid having a discouraged, soggy child but wound up with a pretty solid traffic ticket defense

The young mother, pregnant with a second child, was driving along when she heard her young son declare the need for an immediate potty break. The pleas from the back seat grew more desperate as the child struggled to avoid an accident. The mother pulled into a gas station with a public restroom, but the pair never made it inside. 

Should there be a domestic violence database?

Understandably, violent crimes are taken very seriously by law enforcement in Gwinnett County and throughout Georgia. Flipping through the local police log often provides snippets of the crimes residents are accused of, such as theft, drugs, or domestic violence. Many times, the public is never given an update, and may have a difficult time finding out if an accused person was ever convicted in criminal court. 

There has been an idea circulating among victims of domestic violence and advocates on their behalf to establish a nationwide database of convicted domestic abusers. The idea is that if a person has a record of committing violence against others, it would be easy for others to be made aware of the potential danger. Similar databases already exist for other sorts of crime, like animal cruelty. 

What are father’s rights in child custody matters?

In eras past, fathers entered into divorce proceedings with certainty that they will gain custody of their children. Years later, fathers entered into divorce proceedings knowing that child custody often went to mothers.

Today, Georgia judges determine child custody with the child’s best interests in mind. Both fathers and mothers have equal chance to gain primary physical and legal custody.

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