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2 men are facing drug charges after traffic stop in Georgia

Clearly, being convicted of a drug-related crime can have a negative impact on one's future. Jail time, fines and/or probation may be ordered. Many people seek legal counsel to help defend against any criminal charges. This may be the case for two men accused of drug charges after a routine traffic stop in Georgia.

The men were pulled over by a police officer who believed the driver to be under the influence. A K-9 unit apparently performed a search around the vehicle and alerted that there were drugs inside the car. Police claim to have found methamphetamine and other illegal prescription drugs, along with a meth pipe, during their search of the vehicle. Both individuals are now being charged with several drug-related crimes.

When does criminal defense begin?

Suppose a person is relaxing at home in Georgia when there's a sudden, loud knock on the door. The homeowner glances through a nearby window to see several uniformed police officers standing on the threshold. The officers are showing their badges and identification cards and motioning for the homeowner to open the door. In some scenarios, these circumstances may give rise to the need for a criminal defense.

With a chain lock still fastened, the homeowner opens the door a crack, at which point an officer asks a question to confirm the person's identity. The officer then asks if it's okay for them to come inside and take a look around as part of an investigation they are conducting in the area. Does the homeowner have to allow the police officers entry?

Type of criminal defense presented may affect outcome

Facing criminal charges in Georgia can be a stressful, frightening experience. Especially for someone who has never been in trouble with the law, being charged with a drug-related crime, theft or any number of other offenses may cause embarrassment and serious anxiety issues. Even if no criminal history exists on one's record, it is impossible to presume an outcome in a given situation. Much often depends on the type of criminal defense presented in court.

There is no shortage of people who have been wrongly accused and subjected to lengthy processes in the criminal justice system before they were able to rectify their situations. Worse, many innocent people have been sent to jail for crimes they did not commit. Mistakes like these often occur when defendants lack skilled and aggressive representation in court.

Holiday season includes drug charges for two in Georgia

While many people in Georgia are imbibing a bit of cheer and trying to check everything off their to-do lists for holiday fun, the month of December has taken a different turn for some others. Two people, in particular, will likely be spending the rest of the month preparing as strong of defenses as possible regarding recent drug charges filed against them. The incident leading to the charges unfolded on a recent Tuesday in Moultrie.

Local police apparently received word that illicit drug activities were occurring at a particular house on 31st Avenue SE. As in common in such circumstances, officers set up surveillance near the home to investigate the situation. At some point, they are said to have made contact with a man and woman.

Man charged for burglary of historic Georgia firehouse

A spokesperson for an historic fire station in Georgia said substantial property damage occurred during recent crimes. Deputies say someone broke into the old firehouse and stole many items. This particular fire station is known for being the first to house motorized trucks in the state and was built in 1914. Burglary charges have reportedly been filed.

Authorities say the burglar appears to have struck on two separate occasions, the first time breaking a front door to gain entry. A generator battery and projector screen were among items reportedly stolen. Other supposedly stolen goods include a fireman's axe, a drum of nozzles and various brass parts from an old fire engine.

Theft charges filed after police respond to backyard gunfire call

An incident occurred on a recent Tuesday in Georgia that resulted in five people being arrested. Whatever they had planned for their day took a back seat when police showed up after receiving a call about gunshots being heard. The gunfire was apparently coming from the backyard of the house where the five individuals were at the time. At one point, those involved were accused of theft.

It was about a half hour before noon when officers arrived at the house. Just as they began to investigate the situation, someone told them the suspects were leaving the scene in a motor vehicle. Not long after, police pulled the vehicle over in a traffic stop.

Avoiding jail time regarding drug possession charges in Georgia

Many Georgia residents have experienced situations in life where they felt they were in the wrong places at the wrong times. In some cases, drug possession charges were involved. In building strong defenses, some have been able to show that mere circumstance led to their being charged, and evidence later proved they had not committed the crimes of which they'd been accused.

Many drug-related charges involve serious accusations that carry possible severe penalties under conviction. Especially in situations where drugs like heroin, methamphetamine or cocaine are involved, those charged with possession may have a lot to lose if things don't go their way in court. Whether charges were filed at a state or federal level may have some bearing on repercussions that may be incurred, if convicted.

Routine traffic stop in Georgia leads to drug charges and arrests

Law enforcement agents who make traffic stops in Georgia often claim to find evidence of criminal offenses during the process. Such appears to have been the case in a recent stop made in Fort Oglethorpe. The incident has led to drug charges against several people.

Police arrested three occupants of a vehicle after the routine traffic stop turned into an alleged drug bust. The men, ages 42, 34 and 28, now face various charges, including possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, oxycodone and morphine. Allegations of trafficking and possession with intent to distribute have also been asserted against them. One of the men was also cited for a vehicle tag light violation.

Burglary charges filed against Georgia college students

Two students from Georgia Military College were recently arrested and charged for what police described as a string of burglaries. In addition to burglary charges, the pair were also charged with multiple auto thefts. One of the two men also faces allegations of credit card fraud and making a false statement.

Police claim that the burglaries started in the summer of July 2016 at an area apartment complex, when the first burglary was reported. Soon after, the two students believed to be involved in the incident rented their own apartments at a nearby the complex. In August, police received multiple reports of entering a vehicle and burglary at the second complex. Things apparently slowed down for a brief period before starting back up at the beginning of September, until they quickly died down only to again resume at the start of October.

Criminal defense might be top priority for suspended officer

A Georgia police officer is already out on bond after his recent arrest. Accused of becoming violent with a teenage student at an area high school, he is facing several criminal charges, including cruelty to children and battery. He is currently on administrative leave from his position, which will likely give him ample time to focus on his criminal defense strategies.

The exact details of the alleged attack were not immediately made clear, but the incident apparently occurred on school grounds. The teenage student complained to school officials that he or she had been physically harmed by the officer. Some of their family members were apparently present when the incident took place and reaffirmed the claim, stating that the teen still had physical evidence from the attack.