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Top Dos and Don’ts for the Holiday Season in Atlanta

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With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, the mad dash to the end of the year has begun. Between visiting family, shopping for gifts and getting year-end tasks done at work, it seems like there will barely be time to breathe this year. With so much happening, it’s easy to get stressed out and make mistakes. But if those mistakes are criminal in nature, a simple “Oops” probably won’t cut it. As Atlanta criminal defense attorneys, we’ve had more than a few clients who needed out help because they didn’t realize they were breaking a law. Before you dive too deep...

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Are Parents Responsible for Children’s Crimes?

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Juvenile crime refers to any crime that is committed by a child under the age of 18. There are sets of laws that address these crimes, typically heard in juvenile court. In some cases, juveniles commit crimes that are so serious they are tried as adults. No matter the crime, parents may be left wondering if they are responsible for what their children have done. In fact, they may be held responsible in some cases. However, the consequences of their child’s crime may differ than if the parent was charged with the crime themselves. Parental Accountability Laws In some states, there are...

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Why You Always Need an Attorney for a Criminal Case

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Many people wonder if they need an attorney when they are charged with a crime. They worry about not being able to afford legal representation, and some believe that they can defend themselves successfully. When a person is charged with a crime in Atlanta, they need an attorney. The answer is that simple. Any person who wishes to have a positive outcome in a criminal case needs to be represented by a professional. Why? Imagine your case is actually a surgery. You may have watched medical dramas. You may have even taken an anatomy class in college, or read a...

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What Happens If I Miss Jury Duty?

If you have received a jury summons in the mail and been tempted to rip it up, throw it in the garbage or otherwise ignore it, you aren’t alone. Jury duty means time off of work and a general upheaval to your schedule. Yes, it’s your civic duty, but no one said you had to be happy about it. Thoughts of jury duty turn to time off work, difficulties finding a sitter or even having to miss class. Talk to your friend or family member and chances are they will tell you they find the thought of jury duty as an...

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3 Common Types of Tax Fraud

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No one looks forward to tax day. Even if you believe you will get a huge refund, the filling out and filing of forms can be nerve wracking. What if you forget something? Is making an honest mistake the same as committing fraud? The good news is that, no. The IRS won't come knocking on your door because you transposed a number or forgot to include income from one of your multiple W2s. They will, however, get in touch with you by mail, never by phone) and ask you to make the necessary corrections. That's for the normal, everyday taxpayer. What...

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Judge Says Atlanta’s Warrantless Search Policy Is Unconstitutional

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The Constitution protects people from unlawful search and seizure. This means that you don't have to fear driving down the road, pulled over and having your person or your car searched for what amounts to no reason. Right? Maybe not. According to a federal judge, Atlanta had an unconstitutional policy of conducting warrantless searches on commercial properties. The ruling came after a case was presented involving the search of a motorcycle club's meeting space. The judge determined that the amount of damages to be paid to the owner of the motorcycle club would be determined at a jury trial. For its part,...

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Should Atlanta’s Bail System Be Revised?

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Most people are familiar with America's system of bail, even if they haven't had to deal with it personally. When you are arrested, you must pay to be released in many instances. Even for a minor charge, you may be required to post bail before you can go home. If you can't pay, you stay in jail until you get the opportunity to be heard in front of a judge. For some people, this is not an issue. Although no one wants to be set back financially, they are able to secure their way out of custody, go home and appear...

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What Constitutes “Probably Cause” for an Arrest?

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You've heard it said that a police officer can't arrest a person without probable cause. There must be probable cause in order to conduct a search or seize property. Do you know what probably cause is? The term comes from the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Within that Amendment, it states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or...

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Where Atlanta Ranks on Georgia’s “Safest Cities”

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Safehome.org recently released its ranking of the top cities in Georgia with regards to safety. The rankings help people know what to look out for in their neighborhoods and can be helpful for people moving to our state but unsure of which city may be right for them. Everyone deserves to live in a safe area. People work hard for what they have, and becoming the victim of a crime can take an emotional toll that lasts a lifetime. If you are thinking of moving to Georgia, or just to a new city within the state, here are some of the...

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How Serious Is Jaywalking, Anyway?

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Most people picture someone darting across a street when they think of jaywalking. The truth is, jaywalking encompasses much more. Officially, a person is considered to be jaywalking when they violate laws that pertain to a pedestrian. Although it is considered a fairly minor offense, it can still net the offender monetary fines. What Is Prohibited? When you decide to walk somewhere, you are a pedestrian. When you choose to walk on public sidewalks or roadways, you are agreeing to obey to any laws in your locality that apply to pedestrians. For example, you cannot cross the street when the flashing light...

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