For many Georgia drivers, safety is a top priority and of primary concern. However, there are times when people become distracted, bend the rules to get somewhere a bit faster or may simply engage in dangerous behavior that results in a traffic ticket. Violations of this kind can be relatively simple to correct, but repetitive offenses can tarnish a person's driving record and inhibit his or her privilege to operate a motor vehicle.
Because Georgia roads are filled with so many motorists on any given day, it can be easy for some to forget that driving is a privilege that is only granted to those who have completed required courses and demonstrate safe driving practices. In some cases, people make irresponsible decisions that could result in the suspension of their license. This punishment, while inconvenient, is designed to encourage offenders to revisit safe driving practices and recommit to follow the rules that have been put into place to protect them, their passengers and other motorists on the road.
If this is your first time being accused of committing a crime in Atlanta, you may think that the chances of you receiving a harsh sentence is low. What you might not understand is that the law is not very kind to offenders, no matter how many times they have run afoul of it. Not having a criminal record can help to open doors that having one would normally close.
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.