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Can a Jury Convict You Without Any Physical Evidence or Eyewitness Testimony?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Decades of television crime dramas like CSI, Law & Order, and NCIS have perhaps left many people with the incorrect impression that police and prosecutors always have overwhelming evidence of a criminal defendant’s guilt. The harsh reality is that many criminal convictions are based on purely circumstantial evidence only suggesting the defendant’s guilt. Indeed,… Read More »

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Is “Mutual Combat” a Valid Criminal Defense in Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

As a general principle of law, a person is entitled to defend themselves against the imminent use of unlawful force. In simple terms, if someone threatens you with a gun, you have the right to stop them using force of your own. You cannot be held criminally liable if your attacker is injured due… Read More »

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Are All Felons Barred from Owning Firearms in Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Georgia is considered a “constitutional carry” state with respect to firearms. This means that most Georgia residents can lawfully carry an open or concealed handgun without a license in most public places. But you can still obtain a Weapons Carry License from the State of Georgia to enable you to legally carry a concealed… Read More »

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How a Prior Conviction Can Turn Manslaughter Into Murder

By Hawkins Spizman |

Voluntary manslaughter in Georgia refers to a situation where a person “causes the death of another human being under circumstances which would otherwise be murder,” except for “a sudden, violent, and irresistible passion” arising from an act that would provoke a reasonable person. To give a common hypothetical example, if two people get into… Read More »

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Is It A Crime To Carry A Gun In Public In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

According to the research and analysis organization, The Rand Corporation, mass shootings are events with no established definition. Depending on where you hear about what is considered a mass shooting, media outlets, or law enforcement, for example, you could hear very different interpretations of these deadly events. With word and widespread media coverage of… Read More »

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Are 3D Printed Guns Legal or Not?

By Hawkins Spizman |

You can find anything on the Internet. Whether you are looking for a recipe or instructions for fixing your plumbing, you fire up your computer and begin searching. We do it every day. While these things are innocuous, what about those things available on the Internet that potentially put people at risk? Some time… Read More »

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Top TSA-Approved Gun Cases

By Hawkins Spizman |

When it comes down to it, a “TSA-Approved” gun case does not exist. The government agency does have requirements when it comes to transporting your firearm by air, but you won’t find a case that has a label or tag declaring it’s approved by the Transportation Security Administration. If you don’t meet the requirements… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Buying a Gun at a Gun Show

By Hawkins Spizman |

The 146th annual meeting and exhibit of the NRA, or National Rifle Association, was held in Atlanta in 2017. Dubbed as a celebration of freedom, the convention left many people with questions regarding gun safety and the ability to purchase a firearm. For supporters of the NRA, the convention is a place to gather,… Read More »

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What Can Prevent You From Being Able to Own a Gun?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Gun rights and gun restriction laws are always a hot topic, but become even more so after reports of someone using a gun to commit a serious or savage crime. No matter where you stand on one’s right to own a firearm, there are those who, by law, are not permitted to have a… Read More »

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Atlanta Facing Epidemic of Gun Thefts

By Hawkins Spizman |

A man and woman were arrested in Atlanta this week and charged with breaking into vehicles. The pair are suspected of breaking into cars with the intent of stealing firearms. Authorities said that more than 40 firearms have been stolen by the two who have broken into 161 cars in the last seven months…. Read More »

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