2020 Update to Georgia Child Abuse Registry law. Case closed in 20 minutes before the judge. A technical discrepancy created an issue which got a Child Abuse Registry (CAR) hearing ended in less than 20 minutes from roll call to decision. Technical discrepancies occur frequently. That doesn’t account for the couple of hours spent reviewing,Continue reading “Child Abuse Registry: Why Fight? Victory Without a Contested Hearing in 20 minutes.”
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.
As a society, media feed us a narrative which spins a story of the villainous parents whose children are rescued by the government, by DFCS. The media never see the background, the person for whom perhaps compassion might inure. No, the outliers, the anomalies grab headlines. We devour media coverage. How is it that weContinue reading “Not Your Average Fairy Tale”
DFCS automatically places any substantiated investigation on the Georgia Child Abuse Registry. What does that mean in real terms for real people?
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
I’ve put together a simplified timeline for juvenile court. The internal workings of juvenile court require more explanation. This timeline is an initial approach for the uninitiated attorney.
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”
More than 90% of criminal and traffic cases resolve with a guilty plea of some sort. In many cases, guilty pleas are negotiated. Other times, a client may choose to enter a plea of guilty without a plea offer because we cannot reach a meeting of the minds with the State. How can an attorneyContinue reading “Plea Negotiations”