Criminal Law

Criminal law involves a system of legal rules designed to keep the public safe and deter wrongful conduct. Those who violate the law face incarceration, fines, and other penalties. The American criminal justice system is both complex, and adversarial in nature. With the exception of minor traffic violations, accused individuals will require the assistance of an attorney.

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  • What Types of Conditions of Probation May a Judge Impose in a Georgia Criminal Case?

    All too frequently, people ask us what types of conditions may be imposed by the Court as a condition of probation. Trial courts in Georgia criminal cases are vested with broad discretion to impose conditions of probation that it sees fit to address issues with a particular defendant.

  • About First Offender Programs

    First offender Programs are alternative sentencing program that take into consideration the negative consequences associated with a criminal history. They often allow a person who has committed a crime a preferable alternative to the normal conviction process, provided that the individual completes certain requirements.

  • Can I Have My Mugshot Removed from the Internet?

    While people laugh at celebrity mugshots and may even peruse local ones for amusement, mugshots can be extremely embarrassing to the individuals portrayed. Quite often, a mugshot is considered public information. However, there are some instances in which a person can have a mugshot removed.

  • DUIs and Deportation

    Many issues come up when someone is faced with a DUI but when you are not a permanent citizen, one of the biggest fears is deportation.

  • If It’s Legal Is It Still a Nuisance?

    As the landscape of marijuana legalization changes, the many related laws evolve accordingly. An Oregon court recently ruled that the smell of marijuana smoke cannot be considered inherently offensive.

  • In Criminal Defense, Is DNA Evidence Really a Smoking Gun?

    Is DNA really the smoking gun that the media and police make it out to be? It certainly isn't in light of some of the recent cases of DNA pointing the finger at the wrong person. The so called “gold standard” in forensic evidence isn't as golden as we are led to believe. A smart criminal defense lawyer knows this and will use this to help his client.

  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

    While many people are familiar with the term DUI, meaning driving under the influence, this term is usually associated with alcohol. However, states also have additional laws or utilize the same laws as those pertaining to alcohol-related charges as those pertaining to driving under the influence of drugs. In states that have additional laws, these are sometimes abbreviated as DUID for “driving under the influence of drugs.”

  • Consequences for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

    Driving under the influence of drugs may be incorporated as an independent statute or may be treated the same as driving under the influence of alcohol, depending on state law. In either event, a conviction for driving under the influence can carry significant consequences.

  • Can I Travel While on Probation?

    Probation may be a part of the punishment given to you after being convicted of a crime in the state of Florida. It is important to understand that when you have been placed on probation during the sentencing process, you need to comply with all of the conditions outlined by the court. If you violate your probation terms and conditions, you could find yourself in even bigger trouble than before.

  • Can Your Wife or Husband Dime You Out?

    We’ve watched the scene unfold on television before, a couple discusses their pending legal doom, things are bleak, then somehow they realize they can’t be forced to testify against one another, and suddenly, there is hope these troubles can be averted.

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