If you’re facing a DUI charge, you know how serious that is, but if you’re a licensed professional, you may be facing even more dire consequences. In fact, a DUI can have overarching repercussions for many professionals, including the revocation of licensure or accreditation. Every DUI conviction is disruptive and costly, but as a licensed [...]
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This month, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court’s decision regarding a death sentence involving a biased juror. The case builds on other Supreme Court decisions that allow criminal defendants to challenge their guilty verdicts by arguing that one or more jurors harbored a racial bias against the defendant. Given the charged nature [...]
Selling your home might be filled with mixed emotions: excitement to be moving to someplace new but sadness at leaving your old homestead. But one thing you want to avoid: angering the new buyers by failing to disclose known defects in your home. Georgia law imposes a duty on home sellers to make certain disclosures [...]
In many ways, juvenile delinquency hearings are less harsh than the criminal proceedings adults face. For example, juveniles will often receive community service or counseling instead of prison time. A juvenile’s record is also sealed, so their criminal activity shouldn’t impact their attempts to get a job or an apartment when they are older. Nevertheless, [...]
The Georgia Supreme Court has stated that it is unethical for non-lawyers to handle a real estate closing. Of course, the Georgia State Bar only has power over lawyers, so a non-lawyer like a notary public can’t be prevented from closing loans. However, there are important reasons why a notary doesn’t provide enough protection as [...]
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. Typically, this means that the police must get a search warrant before they can begin searching your property or your person. To secure the warrant, police must show they have probable cause that criminal activity is happening. However, the U.S. Supreme [...]
Divorce is an emotionally stressful situation, and unfortunately, many people turn to drugs or alcohol to help them cope. But if you get behind the wheel of a car while impaired, you are risking more than losing your driver’s license. You might also lose custody of your children. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI [...]
Home purchases are one of the most significant financial transaction most people will ever make, and as such can be stressful. Educating yourself on the process will reduce stress and ensure a smooth real estate closing process. The following is a high-level overview of the five steps involved in a real estate closing in the [...]
After you are arrested, the state cannot keep you indefinitely in jail. Instead, you must be taken before a judge or magistrate within 48 hours (or 72 hours if there was an arrest warrant). Because many important issues are decided at your initial appearance, you’ll need a skilled Georgia criminal defense attorney by your side. [...]
Many people have heard of prenuptial agreements, which are agreements two people sign before getting married in which they identify how their property will be divided in the event of death or divorce. But what if you’ve already sprinted to the altar and gotten hitched? Is it too late to come up with an agreement [...]