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What to Look for in an Attorney for Your Child

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It can be a parent's worst nightmare. A phone call in the middle of the night alerts them to the fact that their child has been arrested. Most parents will do anything they can to come to the aid of their children, but some are not sure where to start. If your child has been arrested, one of the first things you need to do is secure an attorney. You cannot defend your child in court. Finding an attorney to represent a minor child is not always the same as finding one to defend an adult. Rules and regulations within the...

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New Precedent Set for Dog Bite Cases

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Dog bites can result in a variety of mild to severe soft tissue injuries, ranging from lacerations to nerve damage and, in some cases, even broken bones. For those who have been attacked, the incident often ranks as one of the scariest experiences in their lives. Recently, the Georgia Supreme Court made a decision that could make it much easier for victims to recover damages from a dog’s owner after an attack. The court findings essentially came down to one question: Did the owner know the dog had a tendency to attack, or had it shown any dangerous behavior previously? While...

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Do Cameras Reduce Crime Rates?

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If you will be in Buckhead in the future, be sure to look up and see if you notice anything new. The police are planning on installing 50 new cameras in the area, all in an effort to reduce crime. Various parts of the neighborhoods will have eyes in the sky, albeit electronic eyes. While some citizens are worried about privacy, others are hopeful that crime will be reduced. If the project works in Buckhead, it may trickle to other areas. Thirty of the cameras to be installed will be in place to read license plate numbers. Twenty other cameras will...

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A Look at Public Intoxication in Georgia

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In some areas, being drunk in public isn't exactly legal, but isn't exactly frowned upon either, provided the intoxicated person is behaving themselves. In places like Las Vegas and even the French Quarter, drinking in public in certain areas is permissible. What about Georgia? Here at home, public intoxication, or being drunk in public, means that a person has the appearance of being intoxicated and is being loud, vulgar, boisterous or profane. Alternatively, they may appear indecent, such as being partially nude, or behaving indecently, such as urinating on the sidewalk. Let's say that a person has a bit too much...

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An Overview of Juvenile Court

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When an adult is arrested, it is understandable that they experience anxiety. When a child is arrested, the parents may experience a variety of emotions, ranging from fear to anger to confusion. Part of the fear of having a child arrested is a misconception or lack of knowledge about juvenile court. If you have never had dealing with juvenile court, the following can assist you in understanding the processes. What It Is Each state has a system of juvenile courts to deal with minor offenders. Whether your child has been arrested for underage drinking or simple assault, you will likely be heading...

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Are DUI Checkpoints Constitutional?

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You may never have run across a DUI checkpoint, but you have heard of them. Law enforcement agencies in Georgia and beyond run these checkpoints as a way to get drunk drivers off the road. While many people feel that these are an appropriate safety measure, others question the legality of what can amount to a feeling of entrapment. DUI checkpoints are most common around holidays, but can be held at any time of year. DUI checkpoints not only catch drunk drivers, but they tie up innocent people who just happen to turn down the wrong street. When sober drivers are...

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Best Valentine’s Day Spots in Atlanta

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Valentine's Day is a day for lovers. It can be difficult to find just the right thing to do or the way to impress your sweetie. If you live in Atlanta, you're in luck. There is no shortage of romantic things to do this holiday. Whether you choose to celebrate on Tuesday evening or are waiting for the weekend, we have you covered. Here are the best spots in Atlanta for Valentine's Day 2017. 1. Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar and View It is said that one couple gets engaged at this establishment every day --- on average, that is. There is good...

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How Do Past Convictions Impact My Case?

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It is not unusual for people arrested and charged with a crime to wonder how much of an impact their criminal history will have on their impending case. Whether or not a person's criminal past is allowed to be used as evidence in a trial depends on a number of things. One of the most significant factors in determining whether or not a criminal history will be used as evidence in a new case is the crime the defendant is charged with. For example, in a driving under the influence case, a judge may be required by law to use...

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What to Say to the Cop Who Pulls You Over for DUI

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You have been pulled over, and a police officer approaches your window. You roll it down and the first thing the officer asks you is if you have been drinking. The way that you answer could have a great impact on not only the way you are treated, but on the outcome of your case should you be arrested and go to court. Many people ask us how they should respond to this question. The best option will depend on your unique situation. When you are stopped by the police for any reason, including suspicion of drunk driving, you have the...

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What Goes On a Criminal Record?

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Apply for a job and you may be asked to sign for permission for the company to conduct a criminal background check. This can be nerve-wracking, even if you've never been arrested. Imagine if you know that you've had a run in or two with the law. Knowing what is included on a person's criminal record can help ease your mind in this situation. In most cases, your criminal record will contain information related to any arrests and charges. Additionally, your record will include specific information about any convictions you have had. When you know what your potential employer, or...

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