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DeKalb County Criminal Law Blog

Drug trafficking is a serious charge; know your options

Landing in serious trouble with the law can have long-lasting consequences. You may have tried to keep your life on the straight and narrow, but various circumstances may have led you off course. You may have told yourself time and time again that you would get back on track, but unfortunately, you were not able to do so before you came under the radar of law enforcement.

Now, you stand accused of serious drug-related charges in Georgia. You may undoubtedly worry that these accusations may ruin your future, but you may want to keep in mind that you have the right to defend against any allegations brought against you, including those for drug trafficking.

Did authorities accuse you of shoplifting?

The path that life takes any Georgia resident differs from person to person. In some cases, people may wonder how their lives ended up just where they did. This feeling may be particularly prevalent for individuals who have had criminal charges brought against them.

If authorities have accused you of some type of theft, your mind may already be reeling in regard to how you ended up in this situation. Unfortunately, the worry and anxiety you feel may not be helping you determine how to best address the criminal charges you face. Fortunately, you can help yourself by becoming more knowledgeable about the allegations and your legal options.

What you wear in court matters

Anna Sorokin, known as the “socialist scammer,” and Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the now-dismantled health technology company Theranos, are prime examples of how your courtroom outfit can factor into the outcome of your case. Lawyers and law firms have been long-known to hire image consultants, but courtroom style has become so big that dedicated “courtroom stylists,” are now a thing. It is rare that the average defendant could afford a stylist to guide them toward making a good first impression in court – but nonetheless – what you choose to wear is something to think about.

Speaking to Huffington Post, Julie Zerbo, a Toronto based image consultant, mentioned “Your appearance is part of your presence

Can you refuse a breath test in a DUI stop?

You are driving home after a casual night out. Just minutes from arriving home, you spot red and blue lights behind your car. Nervous, you pull over. Now with thoughts racing through your head, you wonder whether you should consent to taking a breath test.

Georgia's implied consent law stated that drivers consent to cooperating with law enforcement officials and taking roadside tests. However, a recent decision by the Georgia Supreme Court has dramatically affected the state’s DUI law. This decision affects both the approach of police officers and the decisions of drivers in DUI stops.

Fake fantasy football league sends Atlanta man to court for fraud

Recently, an Atlanta man appeared in court for allegedly scamming investors out of money intended to start a fantasy football league. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the man received $500,000 to start the league, but he instead used the money to dine at restaurants and take personal vacations. He then allegedly withheld information about the money when he filed federal income tax returns. Because of his actions, the man faces charges of wire fraud and tax fraud.

There are several actions that are considered federal tax fraud, including:

  • Intentionally underreporting income
  • Reporting personal expenses as business expenses
  • Failing to deposit cash payments to avoid tax consequences
  • Inflating the value of business expenses

Your criminal activity may stop you from working with children

You have a criminal record for crimes you committed in your younger years. Though, at the time, the punishments and penalties seemed minuscule, you now realize that you may not have the ability to apply for your dream position as a caretaker of children.

Criminal activity affects some job applicants from receiving a second look. Though you may possess the aptitude and experience for the position, your passionate attitude may not be enough for your potential employer to look past your transgressions with the law. It proves important to speak with an attorney about expungements in Georgia, but if you cannot remove your charges from your record, you may want to consider different career paths.

Georgia man accused of several felonies after domestic incident

In many ways, it is amazing to consider how one incident can ultimately completely alter the course of a person's life. A person charged with a crime, for example, will likely be left creating new plans for their future. One man in Georgia may be doing so following his recent arrest; he is now accused of multiple felonies and misdemeanors.

Police claim that they became involved with the man when they received a phone call about a domestic incident at approximately 6:30 a.m. on a day in early July. The caller reportedly claimed that a man had been physically violent while under the influence of drugs. Reports indicate that statements made by children at the home and physical injuries on a woman indicated physical abuse.

Former NBA player charged with Georgia robbery

When a crime occurs, especially one that garners media attention, there is often a rush to assign blame and file criminal charges. Unfortunately, this haste can often lead to arrests that are made even if there is not sufficient evidence to support them. In fact, it is unclear what evidence led police to former NBA player James "J.J." Hickson, Jr., prior to his arrest for his alleged involvement in a Georgia robbery.

The incident that led to Hickson's arrest reportedly happened one morning on a day in mid-June. Police say that the former basketball player entered into a Georgia home through a side door. He then, allegedly, attacked a 17-year-old in the home before stealing $100,000.

Convicted on criminal charges? You may have the right to appeal

You were picked up on a crime in Georgia. Criminal charges were filed against you, and you ended up being convicted after your case was heard in court. Now what? If any errors made during your trial contributed to your conviction, you may have the right to appeal.

Here's the thing: judgment calls and error in procedure by one's attorney or by the prosecution can wind up costing an accused individual his or her freedom. It happens far more often than you would think. The court system is not perfect. This is why the appeal process was put in place.

Criminal records: Who needs to know?

As many as one in three adults has a criminal record, but no one expects their child to be one of them. It’s been a challenging road, but now, with lessons learned, you’re trying to help your child navigate the consequences of their decision. Having a criminal record in the U.S. means that just about everyone can find out, including current and future employers. With joblessness being a leading cause of recidivism, a change to the law was past due.

In 2013, the state of Georgia decided that it would be awarding fresh starts to some people with criminal records. If eligible, criminal records restrictions, previously called expungement, can seal a criminal history, reducing some of the barriers to success.