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Possible kill for hire results in criminal charges

A Georgia teenager is currently being held in police custody without the opportunity to post bond. The high school student is facing criminal charges as an adult after he allegedly tried to hire someone to kill two of his classmates at school. Police have not yet said what might have led to this apparent request.

Officers working at the school were tipped off that the 17-year-old student was allegedly searching for someone who would kill two individuals in exchange for money. It is not clear if a student or adult provided police with this information. At that point, an undercover police officer arranged a meeting with the teen.

Nurse practitioner facing criminal charges for use of database

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation claims that a Georgia woman violated a state law regarding the usage of a prescription database. The medical professional has since been arrested and is facing criminal charges related to the alleged violation. She is believed to be the first person charged for violating this specific law, and she has so far denied the allegations.

The law that the 62-year-old nurse practitioner is accused of violating was only recently passed. Critics of this newly enacted law claim that it is far from clear, pointing out that is language is exceptionally vague. Lawmakers apparently took the criticism to heart and are currently drafting possible updates in order to amend the law, but that did not stop authorities with the GBI from filing the recent charges.

Georgia man facing criminal charges over warrant mistake

A man was taken into custody on allegations of obstruction when Georgia police officers mistook him for a different person. His criminal charges now include a violation of probation, which could potentially send him to jail for as long as seven years. However, some believe that the officers involved unfairly escalated the situation that led to the arrest.

Three officers were attempting to arrest a different man who had a warrant out for an alleged simple assault. When they arrived at the residence, the officers apparently assumed that the man seated inside of a car parked in the driveway was the same individual that they were looking for. When asked for his name he gave it, and even though it did not match the one attached to the warrant, officers continued to insist that he exit the vehicle. He was ultimately hit with a Taser gun and then handcuffed as he asked for officers to retrieve his wallet with his ID, which confirmed that he was not the man with the warrant.

Journalist hit with felony charges for request of open records

Freedom of the press is a constitutional right granted to journalists, publishers and other individuals involved in the journalism profession. This important right protects these individuals from being unfairly censored while doing their jobs, but a Georgia publisher claims he was retaliated against for exercising that right. He was slapped with felony charges and an overnight stay in jail for allegedly filing a request that he was well within his rights to file.

The publisher has apparently been active in pursuing possible financial inaccuracies in his local superior court. As part of his ongoing investigative journalism, he filed an open-records request that would have given him copies of checks that had been cashed illegally. He and another journalist then sent subpoenas to the banks at where office expenses are maintained for some of the court judges. However, the chief judge, who later stated that she does not have a good reaction when someone questions her honesty, managed to secure indictments for these actions.

Georgia mayor to face criminal charges for alleged tax evasion

A Georgia mayor is on the line for allegedly evading taxes. Although no criminal charges have officially been filed, the district attorney has already announced his intention to charge the part-time mayor of a small town with tax evasion. However, while the mayor is accused of personal tax evasion that is often depicted in film and on TV, the accusations are also related to payroll taxes.

His part-time gig as the small town's mayor is apparently supplemented by a personal business that he owns. It is unclear what sparked the original investigation into his personal and business-related taxes, but the results of that investigation are rather serious. Although the mayor withheld the proper amount of taxes from his employee's paychecks, he may not have actually handed those taxes over to the state of Georgia.

Georgia authorities bring in three teens on theft charges

At least one homeless teen is among a group of three people arrested by Georgia police. The teenage boys were brought in on allegations of theft, criminal damages and possession of a firearm during a crime. Only one of the teens will be charged as a minor while the other two will face charges as adults.

The boys -- aged 16 and 17 years old -- are accused of being involved in a string of vehicle thefts. Police believe they mostly targeted vehicles that were left unlocked by owners, from which they reportedly took sunglasses, loose change, a tablet and various other items. Firearms were also allegedly taken from unlocked vehicles. Those firearms -- none of which have been recovered by police -- were apparently used to shoot at three of the involved vehicles, at least one of which was later found down an embankment. The total damage to the vehicles has been placed at somewhere between $6,000 and $10,000.

Teen faces felony charges for alleged Snapchat use

After being seriously injured in a car wreck, Georgia police arrested an area teen on some fairly hefty allegations. The teenager first made national news when she was accused of using the popular app Snapchat while behind the wheel of her vehicle. Facing felony charges for causing a serious injury with a vehicle, she is also charged as driving faster than conditions warranted and being a so-called super speeder.

The crash occurred back in Sept. 2015, when the teen supposedly admitted to driving her vehicle at approximately 90 mph in an area where the limit is posted at 55. The 19-year-old denies that she was using Snapchat when she rear-ended another vehicle that had just turned onto the road from a nearby apartment complex. The Snapchat filter in question can apparently measure the speed of the user.

Police charge Georgia father with felony charges

A toddler has been placed in the care of his mother after his father was arrested by Georgia police. The father is facing misdemeanor and felony charges related to his alleged alcohol consumption while he was caring for the young boy. Authorities claim that both the father and the boy were under the influence of alcohol.

Police received a call that led them to respond to the home of the 20-year-old father and his 3-year-old child, although it is not exactly clear what that call entailed or who actually made it. Upon arrival at the home, the father was allegedly unconscious, and police believed that the toddler was acting strangely. The father and son were transported to the hospital because of a noticeable scent of alcohol on both of them.

Protect your rights when facing drug charges in Georgia

Criminal charges related to the use, possession or sale of illegal drugs can have a detrimental impact on a person's future and freedom. Depending on the type of drug involved, drug charges can compromise career opportunities and even child custody disputes. Effectively defending against these charges is often a complex undertaking, requiring a legal strategy that is uniquely suited to the individual goals of the defendant.

Every drug case is unique. Georgia and federal drug laws do not change on a case-by-case basis, but the ways the laws apply can differ. The more serious the charge, the more serious the consequences of a possible conviction, including prison, fines and more. Confronting these charges should be done with the goal of securing the best possible outcome for the individual client, according to the details of the case.

Campus police arrested two Georgia football players

Campus police arrested two University of Georgia football players, although it is not clear if their charges will actually come to any type of fruition. Felony charges were filed for alleged property damage caused to their dorm room by BB-gun pellets. It does not appear as if either student has been suspended from the team, although Kirby Smart -- the team's head coach -- has stated that appropriate actions will be taken based upon incoming information.

Police were first notified of the presence of a BB gun in the dorm room by one of the university's maintenance employees. The employee initially reported to the dorm in order to stop a toilet from leaking but in the process noticed the BB gun in the players' shared dorm room. Minor damage was apparently found in the walls, in addition to BB pellets in the room. Witnesses also claim that small amounts of marijuana were also found, but that police did not find enough to allow them to file any possession charges.

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