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Category Archives: Criminal Defense

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 »

Will You Be Granted Bond if Accused of a Violent Crime?

Many people charged with violent crimes have never been through the criminal justice system, and therefore do not understand the bail system. First, it is important to understand what bail bonds are and how they work. A bail bond is a type of payment presented to a court in exchange for the release of a… Read More »