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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 »

Decision Reversed for Houston County Man for “Upskirting”

Last week, the Georgia Court of Appeals, in a 6-3 decision, reversed the conviction of a Houston County man, for “upskirting”.  He was prosecuted under Georgia’s Invasion of Privacy Act, for using a cellphone camera to video record a woman under her skirt while she shopped for groceries.  The defendant was an employee of Publix,… Read More »

A Juvenile Defendant’s Rights Are Her/His Alone, and Cannot Be Waived By a Parent or Legal Guardian

Recently, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld a Fulton County trial court judge’s ruling that suppressed a custodial statement made by a juvenile defendant accused of murder. The case is State v. Lee, Case No. S15A1502 (decided February 1, 2016)( https://www.gasupreme.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/s15a1502.pdf). The Court’s opinion is significant because it again reiterates that a juvenile defendant’s rights are… Read More »

Georgia’s Criminal History Record Information Statute Applies Retroactively

On January 19, 2016, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling that upheld the retroactive application of Georgia’s criminal history record information statute, O.C.G.A. § 35-3-37, as amended in 2012.  In Mosley v. Lowe (https://www.gasupreme.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/s15a1722.pdf), the State high court concluded that an arrest from 1996 was eligible for restriction under the current version of O.C.G.A…. Read More »

Are Some Cities Using the Interstates as Cash Registers?

A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine sent me an email with a link to the following article: https://www.myajc.com/news/news/local/traffic-tickets-some-cities-use-interstates-as-cas/nn8QT/.  The piece, published by the Decatur Journal- Constitution, describes in detail how certain cities in Georgia generate millions of dollars in revenue through traffic stops.  Commonly referred to as “traffic traps,” these encounters involve local… Read More »