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What to Know About Gun Laws in Georgia

If you own a firearm in Georgia, you should be aware of what the law says about your possession, storage and use of that firearm. Many responsible gun owners in the state find themselves facing serious charges simply because they did not know their legal obligations. Understanding these laws can prevent this from happening to… Read More »

An Overview of Self-Defense Laws in Georgia

Under the Constitution, every person in the United States has the right to self-defense against injury or death. It is a basic principle that people should be allowed to use force to protect themselves when necessary. But this principle is extended in certain states where “stand your ground” laws exist. Georgia is one of several… Read More »

Police Continue to Use Controversial Reid Technique to Secure Confessions

If you are arrested for committing a crime, police officers or detectives will question you to attempt to get more information. Common in these scenarios is the Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation, which you’ve likely seen in movies and television. In real life, these interrogations tend to be much less dramatic, but the general… Read More »

What Does the Prosecution Have to Prove in a Felony Resisting Arrest Case?

When a person interferes or attempts to interfere with a law enforcement officer’s ability to perform a lawful arrest, it’s known as resisting arrest. Depending on the severity of the accused person’s actions, this could be classified either as a felony or a misdemeanor. Resisting arrest may take many different forms. It often involves suspects… Read More »

Appellate Court Overturns Conviction of HIV-Positive Man Who Had Intercourse with Unaware Partner

A jury in Gwinnett County found James Propes to be guilty of engaging in sexual intercourse with his partner without disclosing that he was HIV-positive. Upon appeal of the decision, the appeals court agreed with Propes’ position that there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction. Propes contended the state did not present laboratory test… Read More »

Court Rules 20-Year-Old Workout Pants Can Be Subject to DNA Testing in Aggravated Assault Appeal

In White v. The State, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that 20-year-old workout pants could be DNA tested in an appeal of an aggravated assault case. The lower court previously refused to allow for the DNA testing because of evidence that the biological material would have deteriorated over that time. The court believed the… Read More »

Georgia Appeals Court Agrees to Grant New Trial in “Peeping Tom” Case

In Edge v. The State, Timothy Dwight Edge appealed the denial of his motion for a new trial after he was convicted on a “peeping Tom” charge. In his appeal, Edge argued the following: There was not enough evidence to support the verdict. Misconduct on the part of one or more jurors played a role… Read More »

Georgia’s Serious Penalties for Marijuana Possession

While many states have decriminalized or even legalized recreational marijuana, Georgia has not. In fact, possessing less than an ounce of marijuana could lead to up to 12 months’ incarceration and fines up to $1,000. Those caught with more than an ounce could face felony charges, with a conviction leading to a jail term of… Read More »

What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

The primary difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in Georgia is the severity of the crime. Misdemeanor offenses typically involve acts that result in minor losses and damage to property or victims. Felony crimes, however, tend to be much more serious in nature. The following is an overview of the three main categories of Georgia criminal… Read More »

Will You Go to Jail for a Possession Charge in Georgia?

The penalties you might face if convicted of possession depend largely on the type of drug in question and the amount in your possession at the time of arrest. Although many states have begun to legalize or decriminalize the use of recreational marijuana, the state of Georgia can still be quite harsh when it comes… Read More »