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Blog Posts in 2017

Alford Plea: Negotiating Guilt and Innocence

Most accused only knew of two ways to deal with indictments filed in the courts by the prosecution: admission or denial. Accused can admit committing the crime and plead guilty or deny the accusation ...
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Georgia Trespassing 101

“PRIVATE PROPERTY. NO TRESPASSING. VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED.” In one way or another we encounter sign posts with the above inscriptions posted on fences and trees. But what do those ...
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Treating Youthful Offenders as Adults in Georgia

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. When children reach their “teen” years, and even before, trouble can start. However, in Georgia, the State can treat children as adults ...
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On Confessions and Recantations

On Confessions and Recantations We heard the story of Troy Davis from Savannah, Georgia who was executed through lethal injection despite the recantation of several witnesses as well as appeals from ...
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Georgia Robbery 101

In Georgia, robbery is committed when a person, with intent to commit theft, takes property of another from the person or the immediate presence of another: By use of force; By intimidation, by the ...
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Georgia's First Offender Act Information and Updates

Georgia’s General Assembly has always been looking for ways to reintegrate offenders into the society. Within the last two years, several laws pertaining to first offenders were enacted. In ...
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Basics of Aggravated Assault in Georgia

The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) 16-5-21(b) states that a person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults: With intent to murder, to rape, or to rob; With a ...
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Georgia's Street Gang Act 101

Georgia’s Street Gang Act 101 The existence of gangs in Georgia is a reality. However, Georgia gangs exist not only in highly urbanized areas but also in small towns and suburban places. ...
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Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs) in Georgia

Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs) in Georgia Family Violence and Stalking Trend The Georgia Commission on Family Violence recently (2017) released fact sheet on domestic violence statistics and ...
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