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Georgia Sex Offender Registration and How to Get Off the List

Being convicted of a sex crime can have severe long-term consequences. Besides probation and possible jail time and parole, you will likely end up on Georgia’s Violent Sexual Offender Registry. This will have a significant impact on your life, as it restricts your access to residences, jobs, schools and certain public places. You must register… Read More »

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Drug Trafficking That Causes Overdose Can Lead to Felony Murder Charges

On October 15, 2021, prosecutors in Gwinnett County obtained a felony murder conviction of an accused drug dealer for distributing drugs that caused a fatal overdose. The man, Eric Denver Moore, pleaded guilty to charges of selling heroin laced with fentanyl, which caused the death of the drug user. Moore was sentenced to life in… Read More »

Decatur Embezzlement Lawyer

Are Embezzlement and Conversion the Same Crime in Georgia?

Embezzlement is a crime with a long history in common law. It is defined as legally receiving someone else’s property under an agreement and then exercising control over that property in violation of the agreement. Yet, the term “embezzlement” does not appear in Georgia’s criminal statutes. Instead, the same crime is called conversion. The elements… Read More »

Decatur Expungement Lawyer

How Georgia’s “Second Chance” Law Makes Expunging Convictions Easier

There is good news for Georgians who wish to remove the stigma of a criminal conviction from their permanent record. The “second chance” law, which became effective on January 1, 2021, allows people who were convicted of non-violent misdemeanors to petition a court to order the conviction expunged. Under Georgia’s prior law — which was… Read More »

Decatur Gun Laws

Proposed Gun Law Would Loosen Restrictions on Open and Concealed Carry

Pending legislation in the Georgia General Assembly would greatly expand the number of people who can legally carry a firearm without a permit. The Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Emory Dunahoo, would make carrying a firearm the right of any “lawful weapons holder” — defined in the bill as any person… Read More »

Drug Trafficking

Differences Between Drug Possession and Drug Trafficking in Georgia

When people hear the phrase “drug trafficking,” they may think of cartels and major dealers moving mass quantities of narcotics from country to country or state to state. Drug trafficking charges are typically brought against someone who was caught in the act of smuggling or selling drugs. But in Georgia, it’s not what you were… Read More »

Bond Hearing

Obtaining Release on a 90-Day Bond in Georgia

A bond in a criminal case is an assurance given by a defendant that he or she will come to court for further proceedings at a later date. In felony cases, the posting of bond requires a judge’s approval. Being denied bond can be a hardship, but there is still hope for release. Georgia law… Read More »

Shoplifting

Busting Four Myths About Shoplifting in Georgia

Shoplifting continues to be a problem for U.S. retailers, one that has become more acute during the recession and unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 550,000 shoplifting incidents occur every day in the U.S., costing merchants an estimated $45 million daily. And in a recent Business.org survey of small-business owners, 40 percent said shoplifting… Read More »

Georgia’s New Hate Crimes Law — What Does it Do?

Until July 1, 2020, Georgia was one of only four states — along with South Carolina, Wyoming and Arkansas — that did not have a hate crime law on the books. Georgia’s new hate crimes law imposes enhanced sentences for those convicted of targeting a victim based on race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national… Read More »

Georgia Now Allows Early License Reinstatement After a DUI Conviction for Drugs or Marijuana

A Georgia law that recently went into effect eases restrictions on people convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana or controlled substances. Prior to the passage of House Bill 799, those convicted of drug-related DUIs were subject to an automatic one-year driver’s license suspension with no possibility of early reinstatement. But the law, which… Read More »