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Committing Crimes Across State Lines And Federal Charges

By Hawkins Spizman |

When you are accused of committing a crime, it could only involve one state and its laws, or depending on what it is, it could involve multiple states. These situations can be highly complicated and are handled much differently than those which only involve a single state. No matter which situation you are in,… Read More »

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Is It Easy To Get A Bond After An Arrest In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

When a person is arrested in Georgia, they eventually will be seen before a Georgia magistrate judge. This process of being detained and then seeing a magistrate judge is fairly quick. Most of the time a detainee will appear before a judge within 72 hours. Once in front of a judge, the issue of… Read More »

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How To Be Released On One’s Own Recognizance

By Hawkins Spizman |

After an arrest in Atlanta, an individual in detention will typically be set up to see a magistrate judge within 72 hours of being put in custody. The ideal situation would be not to be arrested in the first place and to remain free. But if an arrest does happen, regardless of your innocence… Read More »

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Are There Valid Reasons To Miss Your Court Case In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

A good word of advice: if you have a court case that is scheduled, show up. Keep the date on your calendar, secure transportation, and do what you can to make it there. If you fail to attend your pre-scheduled court case the State of Georgia typically assesses serious consequences for this. Everything from… Read More »

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What State Should I Hire A Criminal Defense Lawyer In?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Atlanta is an amazing city and a popular tourist destination for people from all over the country. However, nothing ruins a vacation faster than being placed under arrest. If you are from another state and are facing criminal charges in Georgia, you may be wondering how best to obtain representation. You may feel that… Read More »

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Can A DUI Be Reduced In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

In Georgia, a felony DUI charge can result in one to five years in jail. Additionally, Georgia does not permit the expungement of DUI convictions from your record. This means that the only time you have to avoid a conviction and the penalties that come with it is after you have been charged. It’s… Read More »

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What To Do And Not Do When You’re Charged With DUI In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you are facing DUI charges in Georgia, you are looking at significant fines and possible jail time if convicted. It’s important to be thoughtful in how you proceed, as the time between when you are charged and when you go to trial can really make or break your case. While every case is… Read More »

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What Happens If I Refuse A Breathalyzer Test In Atlanta?

By Hawkins Spizman |

If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI in Atlanta, you will be asked to perform a chemical test. Depending on the preference of the officer, they may ask you to complete a blood, breath, or urine test. In most cases, however, they will request that you perform a breathalyzer test. They are… Read More »

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Defenses To Fleeing From The Police In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

As you can imagine, police do not like it when you run from them. It makes their job harder, and it puts other drivers and pedestrians at risk. Under Georgia law, fleeing the police when they try to pull you over is charged as fleeing and attempting to elude. This is one of the… Read More »

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Fleeing Or Attempting To Elude In Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

Many people panic when they notice a police officer turning on their lights and sirens behind them. Their legs may go numb, or they may worry about being charged with a crime. In a moment of fear and poor judgment, they may decide to keep driving instead of pulling over. When this occurs, however,… Read More »

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