Underage drinking in Georgia is a dangerous activity. Any teen who drinks, attempts to purchase or buys the substance can be charged as a minor in possession (MIP). Many teens who are over the age of 18 and under the age of 21 feel that they are grown enough to drink and hang out with their friends. They do not realize that their bodies are still developing and not capable of handling alcohol like older adults. They are also less likely to drink responsibly.
As a parent, one of the last calls you want to receive is one from your child or the police saying that there has been an arrest. In these situations, parents are often outraged, scared and disappointed in their child.
Memorial Day is coming up next week, and many people consider it to be the unofficial start of summer. With this in mind, it can be a good idea to talk about some types of criminal offenses that are more likely to occur in summer months.
Underage drinking is among the top concerns parents have with their teenage children, along with smoking and drug use. Moms and dads try to keep their child from drinking by setting curfews, making threats of punishment and explaining the risks of drinking with their kids, but according to statistics, more than 61 percent of high school seniors still drink.
A 24-year veteran of the Georgia police recently retired after being accused of driving while intoxicated. She was charged with DUI shortly before making the announcement that she would be retiring, and, according to a statement from the police department where she was once employed, the two events are related. It is not yet clear if she has begun any criminal defense preparations.
News stories of hot-car deaths often come in the summer months, but a Georgia grandmother was recently taken into custody for the tragic car-related death of her young grandson. Police say that she has cooperated with them so far, but there has been little to no word of her criminal defense plans yet. She is currently still behind bars on a $100,000 bond.
Petty theft. Disorderly conduct. Trespassing. Public intoxication. We have all heard of these relatively minor infractions -- also known as misdemeanors. For some reason, the word "misdemeanor" seems to translate into "no big deal." You may think you can pay a fine and be on your way. What you may not realize, however, is that misdemeanors can carry significant consequences that you might not be prepared to face.
Police recently arrested William Leonard Roberts, who is perhaps better known by the name of Rick Ross, on allegations of both assault and kidnapping. Famous for his rapping skills, Ross is a resident of Georgia. These charges come after an arrest for possession of marijuana, although both incidents apparently occurred close together. His criminal defense is surely Ross' first order of business as he confronts the accusations and prepares for upcoming court proceedings.
Traditionally, the criminal justice system has been split into a path for adults and a path for juveniles. When an individual is charged with criminal wrongdoing, he or she is either sent down the adult or the juvenile path in accordance with that individual’s age. One of the primary reasons why two separate paths exist is that the justice system has long recognized that juveniles should generally be given the chance to be rehabilitated and reformed. As a result, juveniles have traditionally been given lighter sentences than adults accused of similar crimes.