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Several face charges for drug crimes after traffic stop

Georgia law enforcement officials often rely on traffic stops to discover illegal activity. Charges for drug crimes, impairment and other criminal activity often result from what starts out as a seemingly innocent stop. Under any circumstances, any individuals placed under arrest on the side of the road still have the right to contest any charges they face, particularly since the procedures used in some traffic stops do not comply with current laws.

The traffic stop could become an important component in the cases of five individuals recently placed under arrest. During a search of the vehicle, officers claimed to have found 15 kilos of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. This alleged find led to the raid of a supposed lab and home.

Should prescription drug charges always lead to jail time?

Georgia takes crimes involving controlled substances seriously. You could even face prescription drug charges if you are found with too many of them. The question is, however, whether you should face criminal penalties such as jail time and fines or should you be given the opportunity to seek help with an addiction?

Not every person carrying numerous prescription drugs intends to sell them. You may be one of those who became addicted to opiods after an injury. Your doctor may have given you a prescription for OxyContin, Vicodin or some other addictive painkiller, and now you can't stop using them. These types of medications have seen a growing number of overdoses since the potency of these medications can be deceiving.

What can affect the accuracy of a Breathalyzer test?

Georgia criminal law judges know that Breathalyzer test results are not always accurate. Criminal defense lawyers know this, too. As such, if your drunk driving allegations hinge upon the accuracy of your Breathalyzer test results, your criminal lawyer will likely try to show why your test results may not be accurate.

This article will discuss some of the primary ways that Breathalyzer results could be less than correct.

Challenging criminal traffic offenses in Georgia

School has started up again here in Georgia as it has across the country. This means school buses will be making their morning and afternoon routes. If you fail to stop when a bus puts out its stop sign or flashes its lights, you could find yourself facing charges for one of the state's criminal traffic offenses.

If there is no physical barrier or median on the road between the two directions of travel, it does not matter which direction you are driving. You must stop when the stop arm is out or the lights are flashing. If you are on the same side of the roadway, you must do so regardless of whether you see any children in the vicinity of the school bus.

Do you have a good defense to the drug crimes you face?

Georgia law takes the possession, sale and manufacturing of drugs seriously. Prosecutors often use everything in their arsenals to either secure a conviction or convince you to plead guilty to some crime associated with your arrest. However, just because you were charged with drug crimes doesn't mean that you should take a deal or be convicted.

You retain the right to challenge the charges against you. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding your case may reveal violations of your rights, procedural mistakes and evidentiary issues. For instance, Georgia prosecutors will need to prove that any substance believed to be a particular drug actually is the drug named. This requires analysis by a lab, which could conduct the testing incorrectly, experience cross contamination or misidentify the substance in your case with that of another.

College students may face prescription drug charges

Whether a student likes to party or focuses on studying, attending one of Georgia's colleges or universities come with certain stressors. College students may not think twice about taking something to help them study, help them sleep or just for recreation. However, it could land them in trouble with the law and facing prescription drug charges.

Misusing prescription medications is a growing problem on college campuses across the country. Students often do not have trouble finding opioids such as Vicodin or OcyContin or anti-anxiety or sleep medications such as Ativan or Valium on campus. Other students may be looking for stimulants, which are also not difficult to find.

Prison visitors end up under arrest for marijuana possession

Many Georgia residents have friends and loved ones who made mistakes for which they are paying by being incarcerated here in the state. Visiting them in prison may be part of their routines, so they become lax in ensuring that they meet all of the prison requirements for visitation. This may not result in arrests for most people, but for three people it recently resulted in arrests for alleged marijuana possession, among other charges.

Supposedly, both marijuana cigarettes and loose marijuana were found by a drug-sniffing dog in the vehicle of a visitor at one facility. At another facility, the accused individual did not even make it through the metal detector. The third individual also never made it through the entrance before being stopped. The charges against each of them vary, but they all face one common charge: crossing state or county guard lines with weapons, intoxicants or drugs without consent.

Aggressive driving is a catch-all for many traffic offenses

Drive defensively. Drive assertively. Many Georgia drivers may have heard this kind of advice when they were first getting their driver's licenses. This can be good advice that may save your life as you travel Georgia's roadways. However, if you go past the line of assertive or defensive driving, you could cross over into aggressive driving.

In reality, aggressive driving often encompasses many different types of traffic offenses. Road rage is just one type of aggressive driving that most people see in news stories about tragic and deadly accidents. However, other behaviors behind the wheel may also fall into this category such as tailgating, speeding and racing. If you fail to obey traffic signals and rules or appear to be looking for trouble with another driver, you could be accused of driving aggressively.

Marijuana wax or extracts bring felony charges in Georgia

Cultural attitudes about marijuana around the United States have shifted dramatically in recent years. Where many people once believed that all marijuana users and suppliers belonged in jail, most people now view marijuana use as a victimless crime.

Law enforcement and the courts in Georgia, however, do not share this view. In fact, certain marijuana possession offenses are felony crimes, including possession of more than an ounce or possession of any amount of marijuana extracts.

Shoplifting charges filed against infamous thief

Documentary fans may know who Doris Payne is since she was the subject of a 2013 documentary about her life as a jewel thief. She allegedly stole several pieces of jewelry over the years. Even though she claims that she was able to steal more than she got caught, a simple case of shoplifting at a Walmart in the Atlanta area put her back in the spotlight.

According to reports, Payne allegedly took items from the grocery department, electronics department and the pharmacy worth $86.22. This incident comes a couple of years after she was accused of attempting to steal a necklace worth $2,000 from a retailer outside Atlanta. Supposedly, she put the item in her back pocket.

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