Georgia State University School of Law’s Alumni Magazine featured Success in Dependency Court and Caregiver’s Compass in the Fall 2017 edition. What an honor and privilege to be featured by my alma mater.
The complexities of a criminal case may overwhelm someone unfamiliar with the system. Here’s a PDF of my pamphlet which explains generally the parts of a trial and the processes leading up to trial. 12916-outside and 12916-inside
Amendment 3 on the November 8 Ballot asks Georgians to gut the independence of the judiciary, the judges, in Georgia. Vote No. This video explains why.
A plea of guilty is a frequent outcome for criminal cases. As a part of a sentence, a defendant may be subject to a special set of rules, or conditions of probation. These rules could include a Fourth Amendment Waiver, a requirement to the defendant take drug tests, and/or any number of other conditions thatContinue reading “Conditions of Probation”
Clients and family members often express concern when the idea of the Grand Jury is discussed. The Grand Jury determines who is indicted and who is not indicted. In most cases, an Indictment, or “True Bill,” results from presentation of a case to the Grand Jury. If the Grand Jury determines that a case shouldContinue reading “Grand Jury: Just a Step in the Process”
When an individual is charged with a serious violent crime, the Courts in Georgia do not automatically grant a bond. Charges for which a person can be held without bond include, but are not limited to, murder, rape, armed robbery, and drug trafficking. Inevitably, a client will ask, “why did John Smith who is chargedContinue reading “Bond and Violent Crimes”
Frequently the State charges a client with possession with intent to distribute a drug. The client may have possessed scales, packaging equipment-sandwich bags, and some amount of an illegal or controlled drug. In other cases, the intent to distribute can stem from the weight of the drug found. Clients often recount that the drugs wereContinue reading “Legal Definition: Drug Distribution”
One of the great challenges of representing clients revolves around language and word usage. Many times the legal definition and common understanding of a word differ. Hearsay falls into that category. Recently, while working to resolve a case for a client whose codefendant just entered a guilty plea and agreed to implicate the client, aContinue reading “Legal Definitions: Hearsay”