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What You Need to Know About Domestic Crimes

In decades past, a domestic dispute between a couple was considered a personal matter best left inside the walls of the home and not up for police scrutiny. In more recent years, domestic crimes have been taken more seriously, and rightfully so. Even though the crimes are taken seriously by those involved, law enforcement and courts, there are still some common questions pertaining to domestic crimes that persist. 1. Can I Run Out of Time to Press Charges? It is not unusual for victims of domestic abuse and violence to wait to call the police. These victims struggle with the decision...

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Officer Fired for Racist Remark to Driver

It’s made national headlines: A police officer in the Atlanta area was recorded telling a woman that "We only shoot black people." The statement was uttered during a traffic stop last year, but was only brought to light recently. The offending officer, Lt. Greg Abbott, retired before he could be terminated from his position. According to reports, the Lieutenant made the comment during a traffic stop in July 2016. He had pulled over a motorist under suspicion of driving under the influence. A female passenger in the vehicle appeared nervous to the officer and, in an attempt to calm her, the...

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Crashes in Atlanta Plague Labor Day

Motorcycle accident on road at night

Labor Day began with several crashes in the Atlanta metro area. Crashes resulted in death and severe injury, and had officers scrambling to keep up with accident investigations. The accidents began just before 2 a.m. and continued into the evening. According to reports, the first accident occurred at 1:45 p.m. A motorcyclist was traveling on I-75/I-85 when he was struck by another vehicle. Officers said that the motorcyclist was speeding just prior to the crash. The driver was ejected from his bike and killed on the scene. That crash caused two other motorcycles to crash and traffic on the highway was...

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How to Make Sure You’re Prepared for a Hurricane

Hurricanes can take people by surprise. They can also be projected days or weeks in advance, as is the case with Hurricane Irma. With Irma expected to hit later this week, it's important that people in the south and along the East Coast are prepared. Here are five things you can do now to make sure you are ready, should Category 5 Irma hit with ferocity. Keep an Eye on the News Presumably, you know about Irma because you have been watching or reading the news. Don't stop watching because you believe that you won't be hearing anything new. While the forecasters...

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Preparing for Hurricane Irma

Water coming over the streets in Kemah during Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma was located in the Atlantic Ocean just as people in Houston and the surrounding areas were putting the pieces back together following Hurricane Harvey. The discovery of the storm led officials to begin tracking it and warning residents of Texas that they may be in for another hit. As the storm picked up power and inched its way toward the United States, its predicted track was altered slightly. The storm is now expected to strike Florida and the lower East Coast. People that reside in these areas are being advised to prepare for a storm that is expected to...

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What Are the Consequences for Eluding Police and Resisting Arrest?

It's fair to say that no one wants to face criminal charges. Even a misdemeanor conviction can have life-altering consequences. For this reason, some people believe that eluding the police is their best option. If they can just get away, they can avoid dealing with an arrest and the subsequent charges. This is never a good idea. When a person chooses to elude the police and/or resist arrest, they will be charged with additional crimes that carry penalties of their own. In some cases, fleeing and eluding is charged in combination with a driving under the influence arrest. The same can...

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When It Comes to Weed, the Federal Government Still Rules

Across the country, marijuana laws are trending toward the liberal. Marijuana is being permitted for medicinal use and, in some states, recreational use. In fact, 44 states as of 2017 have legalized the use of the herb for medicinal purposes. In other states, having a small, personal amount of marijuana on your person is no longer a crime, carrying only small fines. In yet eight other states and the District of Columbia, having a small amount for personal use carries no penalty at all. No matter what state laws say, the federal government hasn't caught up. As we all learned in...

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Can I Sue the Police for Wrongful Arrest or Injuries?

People are suing police departments at a higher rate than at any other time in history. Cities across the country are paying millions to settle these lawsuits. Whether the climbing rate in lawsuits is due to an increase in police brutality, public awareness or simply the fact that almost everyone has a camera in their back pocket, it's important to know that suing the police is not as simple as suing your neighbor. 1. Yes, You Can Sue When a person is injured during an arrest or another type of run in with the police, they do have the right to sue....

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How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Woman on a flooded street

Atlanta's division of the Red Cross has already sent help to Houston, but others may be wondering what they can do to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Unprecedented flooding has left people stranded and without a home to call their own. These people need help. If you have the means to assist some of the victims, here are ways you can do it. Red Cross The American Red Cross is providing emergency assistance in the area. The organization is seeking donations to help the victims of flooding. You can text HARVEY to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation. You can...

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Mom Asks to Be Released from Jail During Hot Car Death Case

Closeup photo of young woman turning car air conditioner switch

A mother was sent to jail, accused of leaving her 1-year-old toddler in the car while she had her hair done. The child died as a result of heat-related illness. The 25-year-old woman will soon ask to be released from custody. According to reports, the woman has a bond hearing scheduled for September. Her case will be heard in DeKalb County Superior Court. She is charged with both child neglect and second-degree murder. She claims that she left the air conditioning running, but discovered that the car's battery had died at some point during her six-hour appointment. Law enforcement officials say that...

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