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Why Halloween Is a Terrible Time to Be Driving


You may think that the most frightening experiences you’ll have on Halloween will be the  costumes and pranks. The truth is that it’s drunk drivers you have to be most concerned with. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the deadliest nights to be on the road. The administration looked at roadway fatalities over a span of five years on that night, 2009 to 2013, and discovered that 43 percent involved alcohol. Even though Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, many adults will still hold parties on a work night, which could lead to a...

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What Elements Are Needed to Prove Battery?

FAST FACTS There were 1.28 million violent crimes across the country in 2017. The rate of violent crimes has steadily decreased since the 1990s.   When you’re charged with any type of crime in Atlanta, you have reason to be frightened, overwhelmed and anxious. If you are convicted of the crime you’re charged with, there will be lasting consequences. You may face jail time, not to mention stiff fines, court costs, and other fees. As Atlanta battery defense attorneys, we know that you are looking for somewhere to turn. Hawkins Spizman Kilgo is here for you and will stand up for your...

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What You Need to Know About License Points in Georgia


Points on a driver's license aren't something unique to Georgia. Most, if not every, state in the country has adopted a system of points. As they add up, points on a license can result in a suspension or revocation. If you live in Georgia, knowing how your points can add up and exactly what that means for you is important. The state issues between 1 and 6 points depending on the violation. Here's how it all breaks down. FAST FACTS The average revenue generated from traffic citations in Georgia is just over $100 per capita. The average revenue generated from traffic...

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What Elements Are Needed to Prove Assault?


You may feel overwhelmed and even frightened if you have been charged with assault in Georgia. As Atlanta assault defense attorneys, we represent clients who have been accused of this serious crime. We know that you may feel as if you have nowhere to turn and no one in your corner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Our team is here for you and will fight for your rights in a court of law.

Why Aren’t On-Field Sports Brawls Considered Assault or Battery?


On-field brawls aren’t uncommon in professional or amateur sports. Football players take a few swings, baseball players charge the mound, and even hockey players throw down the gloves. Players are ejected and some suspended. While it’s certainly an expensive punishment for the players involved, it’s not exactly the same treatment anyone on a public street would be given.

The Most Common Soft Tissue Injuries

The Most Common Soft Tissue Injuries

FAST FACTS  There are more than 12 million vehicle accidents every year. 75% of those injured in collisions still experience symptoms of their injuries six months after the crash. Approximately 20% of victims may have symptoms that worsen. Soft tissue injuries may be the most common types of injuries sustained in car accidents. They are also common after slips and falls, in sporting accidents and in the workplace. A soft tissue injury can be categorized as either acute or overuse. As Atlanta soft tissue injury lawyers, we have represented victims of accidents across all settings and have aggressively sought compensation for...

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Are 3D Printed Guns Legal or Not?


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 ago, the several states fought to make it impossible to find 3D gun blueprints online. Just a few weeks ago, the lawsuit was settled and made it legal for the CAD files (that is, design files 3D printers use) to be released to the general public. Then, a federal judge blocked the release of those files.

School Zone Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers

School Zone Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers

FAST FACTS There were an estimated 92 pedestrians killed in the first half of 2017. 0.8 pedestrians per 100,000 people were killed. Georgia is ranked 16th in the nation when it comes to pedestrian deaths.   If you've driven down a neighborhood street in recent weeks, you may have noticed something that you had forgotten about: School buses. Children across Georgia and the rest of the nation are returning to school, if they haven't returned already. Seeing those big yellow buses should serve as a reminder that school is back in session and it's time to start paying attention to how we...

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Civil vs. Criminal Assault and Battery Cases


Many people are familiar with the term “assault and battery,” and mistakenly interchange the two terms. The crimes are not one in the same as far as Georgia law is concerned. Assault and battery are separate crimes, and are further broken down into “simple” and “aggravated” offenses. The following is a brief description of each crime:

Everything You Need to Know About Ignition Interlock Devices


If you are convicted of driving under the influence in Georgia, your Atlanta DUI lawyer may inform you that the judge has required you to install an interlock ignition device on your vehicle. You may have questions, and rightly so.

There are misconceptions surrounding ignition interlock devices and their use. Here’s what you need to know.