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How can you constructively possess drugs?

At Green & Delan LLC in Atlanta, we know that when you face drug possession charges, your life becomes very complicated very quickly. Depending on which drug(s) law enforcement officials allege you possessed, how much of it, and your purpose in possessing it or them, your freedom could be at stake and you will, at the very least, pay a high monetary fine if convicted.

Obviously in order to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you possessed drugs, the prosecutor must establish that you did indeed possess them. This is relatively easy if officers found the drugs on your person. However, if they found the drugs in a place to which other people had access, convicting you becomes much more difficult.

Failure to yield right of way result’s in motorcyclist’s death

Many people in the Atlanta area love riding their motorcycles. Very few things can compare to the thrill of riding. However, there is a dark side to motorcycles that riders often forget about. Motorcycles are dangerous. Riders are likely to sustain critical injuries and die from another driver’s negligence, impairment, inattentiveness and mistakes. Injured motorcyclists often require extensive medical treatment. They and their families may pursue legal action to recover compensation from individuals who are responsible for their circumstances. 

Traffic safety is a growing concern in the Sandy Springs area. A local area resident is facing criminal charges for an accident he caused. Currently, he has failure to the yield right of way and second-degree vehicular homicide charges pending from the collision. The accident occurred when the male driver prematurely drove without stopping and yielding the right of way to traffic at the intersection of Abernathy Road and Roswell Road. 

What is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program?

Like many other states in the country, Georgia is battling with the opioid epidemic. The state has developed resources to help combat the drug problem. One of those is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. The Georgia Department of Public Health explains the PDMP is designed to help monitor controlled substances being prescribed and dispensed. It also acts as an information resource about patients and their drug prescription history, so medical providers can also better monitor usage.

The PDMP is a mandatory program for pharmacies and dispensaries. If you are a medical provider who prescribes medications, you are also required to be a part of the program. You are required to check the PDMP before prescribing controlled substances. You will check the system before prescribing medication the first time to a patient and then every 90 days after that when prescribing the same prescription to the patient. If the prescription is limited to a three-day supply, then using the system is not required. It also is not required when a person is being given the medication while under the care of the doctor, such as in a hospital, or for patients getting cancer treatment.

Can I get a DUI for using prescription medications?

You took some medications before driving that left you feeling a little disoriented and groggy. Now that you see those flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror, you feel a bit confused. After all, you do not believe you have done anything wrong to warrant being pulled over. A law enforcement officer wants you to perform field sobriety tests because they allege your driving behaviors warrant suspicions of driving under the influence. Now you are wondering how is it possible for you to get a DUI in Atlanta without consuming alcohol? 

According to FindLaw, the use of any substance, including alcohol and prescription drugs can lead to DUI charges, if they cause you to become impaired. Just because you have a valid prescription and need to use certain medications does not give you the right to operate a motor vehicle if they impair your mental and physical functions. 

What things should I not do when near an aggressive driver?

As an Atlanta area resident, you are no stranger to driving in rapidly changing road conditions. You are also aware that not all motorists are calm and responsible. Some individuals are in a rush, angry and looking for an excuse to intimidate or harm any driver that ticks them off. Aggressive motorists are a real problem on the roads. Their reckless and careless driving behavior puts motorists at risk of accidents, harm and in some cases, death. 

Driving is not always pleasant. When the roads are congested, and drivers make errors, such as cutting people off, not using vehicle signals and are distracted, the mere act of operating a vehicle often becomes stressful and dangerous. Stress can cause some people to act more aggressively and use their driving performance to show it. 

Any and every type of distracted driving is dangerous

Are you often tempted by distractions when you're behind the wheel? Do you ever give in? Do you realize that taking your eyes off the road for any amount of time can result in a serious accident?

Even if you're familiar with the dangers of distracted driving it's not out of the question that you could fall prey to this dangerous behavior every now and again.

Sleep deprived drivers just as dangerous as drunk motorists

Many people in the Atlanta area are aware of how dangerous drunk drivers can be. However, many of them might not realize that drowsy drivers are just as treacherous. According to U.S. News & World Report, fatigue is linked to 20 percent of fatal car accidents. The number of motor vehicle collisions that cause injuries and property damage is much higher. 

The average person requires seven to eight hours of sleep to feel completely refreshed. Some individuals do not sleep that long. It is not uncommon for drivers to sleep six hours or less within a 24-hour period before driving. 

Do seat belts really save lives?

You have probably heard many times that you should always wear your seat belt when you are traveling in a vehicle. You have probably had it drilled into your head that wearing it will save your life if you are in an accident. However, you may also wonder if this is really true. Do seat belts save lives?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the 22,441 people who died in car accidents in 2015 were not wearing a seat belt. About half of all accident deaths could be avoided by wearing a seatbelt. In 2015, it is estimated that about 14,000 people's lives were saved because they were wearing a seat belt when involved in a crash. 

Elderly woman dies after her residence is treated for bedbugs

For many families in Georgia, the thought of losing a loved one is difficult and saddening, especially when their death comes too quickly without any time to prepare. It is even more devastating when a person's death is the direct result of another person's negligence or mistake. 

This was the case in a recent story out of Texas where an elderly woman's family has filed a lawsuit against a pest control company alleging their loved one was wrongfully killed. According to family members, the woman's apartment complex was being treated for bedbugs and all residents were required to leave temporarily. A notification was sent when she was allowed to return home. However, upon her return, she was exposed to elevated temperatures which caused her to pass out. Later on, she was proclaimed deceased, and autopsy reports revealed it was due to hypothermia because of elevated temperatures.

Safety matters when you are on the road with semitrucks

Semitruck drivers must drive in a safe manner when they are on the roadways, but the safety of everyone around them doesn't depend just on the trucker. Other drivers on the road can have a direct impact on safety.

It is imperative that all drivers pay close attention to what is going on when they drive. There are some special considerations to think about when you are near 18-wheelers:

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