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Top Dos and Don’ts for the Holiday Season in Atlanta

By Hawkins Spizman |

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, the mad dash to the end of the year has begun. Between visiting family, shopping for gifts and getting year-end tasks done at work, it seems like there will barely be time to breathe this year. With so much happening, it’s easy to get stressed out and… Read More »

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Jury Duty Process

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you have received a jury summons in the mail and been tempted to rip it up, throw it in the garbage or otherwise ignore it, you aren’t alone. Jury duty means time off of work and a general upheaval to your schedule. Yes, it’s your civic duty, but no one said you had… Read More »

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3 Common Types of Tax Fraud

By Hawkins Spizman |

No one looks forward to tax day. Even if you believe you will get a huge refund, the filling out and filing of forms can be nerve wracking. What if you forget something? Is making an honest mistake the same as committing fraud? The good news is that, no. The IRS won’t come knocking… Read More »

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Judge Says Atlanta’s Warrantless Search Policy Is Unconstitutional

By Hawkins Spizman |

The Constitution protects people from unlawful search and seizure. This means that you don’t have to fear driving down the road, pulled over and having your person or your car searched for what amounts to no reason. Right? Maybe not. According to a federal judge, Atlanta had an unconstitutional policy of conducting warrantless searches… Read More »

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Should Atlanta’s Bail System Be Revised?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Most people are familiar with America’s system of bail, even if they haven’t had to deal with it personally. When you are arrested, you must pay to be released in many instances. Even for a minor charge, you may be required to post bail before you can go home. If you can’t pay, you… Read More »

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What Constitutes “Probably Cause” for an Arrest?

By Hawkins Spizman |

You’ve heard it said that a police officer can’t arrest a person without probable cause. There must be probable cause in order to conduct a search or seize property. Do you know what probably cause is? The term comes from the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Within that Amendment, it states: “The right… Read More »

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Where Atlanta Ranks on Georgia’s “Safest Cities”

By Hawkins Spizman |

Safehome.org recently released its ranking of the top cities in Georgia with regards to safety. The rankings help people know what to look out for in their neighborhoods and can be helpful for people moving to our state but unsure of which city may be right for them. Everyone deserves to live in a… Read More »

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How Serious Is Jaywalking, Anyway?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Most people picture someone darting across a street when they think of jaywalking. The truth is, jaywalking encompasses much more. Officially, a person is considered to be jaywalking when they violate laws that pertain to a pedestrian. Although it is considered a fairly minor offense, it can still net the offender monetary fines. What… Read More »

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The Consequences of Perjury in Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

You’ve seen in it on television and in the movies. Maybe you’ve even been to court yourself and heard it said. “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” It’s a common phrase that has been ingrained in the public psyche. So much so, in fact, that it… Read More »

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Are Parents Responsible for Children’s Crimes?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Juvenile crime refers to any crime that is committed by a child under the age of 18. There are sets of laws that address these crimes, typically heard in juvenile court. In some cases, juveniles commit crimes that are so serious they are tried as adults. No matter the crime, parents may be left… Read More »

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