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Can You Be Arrested for Driving High, Even if You’re Sober?

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There are more than 250 police officers in the state of Georgia currently on the job who have been trained in drug detection. Because there is no reliable test to help determine if someone is operating a vehicle under the influence of an illegal narcotic, agencies are relying on these trained "drug recognition experts" to do the job. The problem? People make mistakes. A recent report by a news station in Atlanta tells of drugged driving arrests being on the rise, undoubtedly due to these experts. Unfortunately, with all of the drugged driving arrests that are being made, there are bound...

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Crash Survivor Living With Brain Injury

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Last year, four students from the University of Georgia tragically lost their lives. A survivor has been working through her injuries, including broken bones and a brain injury. Originally in a coma, the young woman is fighting back and making progress. Last April, a woman and her friends drove to the Iron Horse sculpture to take some photos. On the way back to campus, the car the women were in collided with another head-on. The accident occurred on Highway 15 in Oconee County. The lone survivor in the car was the driver. She was severely injured. The driver of the other...

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Multiple Injuries in Motorcycle Crash

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Multiple motorcycles were involved in an accident Saturday on Highway 411 in Bartow County. The accident occurred just after noon and left two people with serious injuries. One person was airlifted to a local hospital, and a second person was airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta. A third victim in the accident suffered minor injuries, as did a fourth and fifth victim. While these five people were treated for injuries, numerous other riders and passengers were involved but refused medical treatment. Officials are not saying what caused the accident, nor are they saying why so many motorcycles were involved. It is...

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A Look at Georgia’s New Campus Carry Bill

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As school shootings once again made the news last year, those on college campuses around the country began to call for the ability to protect themselves by carrying concealed weapons of their own. Some were proponents of this idea, and some were very much opposed to it. After a long battle full of compromise, the bill has finally passed. After the bill was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal, anyone who is 21 years of age and older may now possess a weapon on public college campuses, provided they have a permit to do so. House Bill 280 has wording...

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Possible Outcomes of a Criminal Case

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If you are ever charged criminally, you will undoubtedly be anxious. Part of that anxiety stems from the curiosity of what could happen to you in the very near future. While every criminal case is certainly unique, there are certain possible outcomes that pertain to most cases. Read on to discover what could occur during or at the conclusion of a criminal case. 1. Charges Dropped In some cases, police believe that they have the right person or that there is enough evidence to move forward with a trial. Police are human and make mistakes. When this occurs, you may find that the...

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Georgia Expands Medical Marijuana Laws

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Governor Nathan Deal signed a new law into effect last Tuesday, expanding the medical marijuana program within the state. Senate Bill 16, now law, named six more conditions as eligible to be treated with medical marijuana. These conditions are: Tourette's syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, autism, Alzheimer's disease, epidermolysis bullosa and AIDS. Medical marijuana, in the form of a limited type of cannabis oil, was first made legal in 2015. Persons with severe forms of certain illnesses were permitted to possess no more than 20 ounces of the oil. Eight illnesses, including Parkinson's disease, cancer and epilepsy were covered under the law....

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Brain Injury Survivor Crowned at Prom

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Hundreds of thousands of seniors will graduate from high school this season, but perhaps none have some so far as one young lady in Georgia. After surviving an accident, medical professionals at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have called her tough and determined. It was in September 2016 that the teenager was in an accident that destroyed her car. She was at an intersection and suddenly pulled forward. She was struck by a bucket truck on her driver's side. Responders originally thought that the teen was dead on the scene, until she took a breath. That's when her story took a turn. The...

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What You Should Know About Depositions, Part 2

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In part 1 of this blog series, we covered what depositions are and how you are expected to behave. Now it's time to learn about the questioning that will occur while you are being deposed. Read on for part 2 of our series. 6. Should I Answer If I Don't Know the Answer? People are understandably nervous during a deposition and may feel as though they must answer every question. The truth of the matter is that you may not know the answer. If you don't, your answer should be just that, "I don't know." Any form of guessing or lying is...

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Pedestrian on Highway Struck by Vehicle

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A female student from the University of Georgia was struck by a vehicle last Friday. The young woman was a senior at the University, studying both Spanish and microbiology. A local television news station reported that the woman had just finished the semester and was preparing to visit home. According to authorities, reports came in at approximately 3:50 a.m. Friday morning. Callers to 911 described a vehicle to be driving the wrong way on the area of Ga. 10 Loop and Ga. 316. While traveling to the scene of the wrong-way driver, officers received a report of a single-vehicle crash just...

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What You Should Know About Depositions, Part 1

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When you are involved in a lawsuit, you may be stressed out simply because you don't know what to expect. One of the elements of your lawsuit may be a deposition. In an effort to ease your mind, we have created a two-part series explaining depositions. When you know what to expect, you are better able to focus your attention on what matters. 1. What is a Deposition? When a lawsuit is filed, the discovery process begins. This is where attorneys attempt to find evidence that will assist their side in the lawsuit. Part of the discovery process is the deposition....

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