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Are penalties for marijuana possession unfair?

Georgia residents may be frustrated when they look at neighboring states' relaxing marijuana laws. For Georgia residents who use marijuana, the fear of being caught and charged with marijuana possession can cause serious stress. In the state of Georgia, being convicted of marijuana possession can result in penalties like fines, probation or even jail time. 

Some lawmakers are now speaking out, attesting that, in many cases, the punishment does not fit the crime. People who are otherwise law-abiding, hard-working citizens can face legal troubles if they are caught with even a small amount of marijuana. People convicted of possession could potentially lose their job and custody of children, and face other serious consequences. 

Drug possession, other charges leveled against Georgia man

When faced with a troubling situation, some people may choose to simply bury their heads in hopes that it will blow over. However, if a person faces criminal charges for drug possession or other similar crimes, this approach is likely not the best. Criminal allegations typically do not just go away, and knowing what to expect when they are addressed is important.

One man in Georgia may find it helpful to his case to gain information on the legal process ahead after recently being charged. Reports stated that the man had been stopped by a police officer due to violating the state's hands-free law. The officer allegedly saw the man holding his cellphone while driving and conducted a stop.

Frequently asked questions about domestic violence

No one ever said that having a family would be easy, but if you've been falsely accused of committing domestic violence against a relative, you probably feel like family life is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can endure. Regardless of how your domestic violence accusations came about, it's important to try and set your emotions aside and educate yourself on the issue at hand.

To help you learn as much as you can, here are a few questions about the crime of domestic violence:

Shoplifting case remains shrouded in uncertainty

Georgia residents are taught from a young age that removing merchandise from a store without paying for it is against the law and can lead to serious legal trouble. Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes in the United States. Unfortunately, sometimes, police make accusations before enough evidence has been gathered to prove a crime has occurred, and innocent people can wind up facing serious allegations. 

Recently, police were investigating reports of missing goods from Georgia stores. They came across a couple sitting in their personal vehicle, which happened to have new items inside. The vehicle was parked outside a shopping center, so it would not be unusual to find shoppers with newly purchased items in their vehicles, maybe just taking a break or planning their next stop.

Just because it's prescription medication doesn't mean it's legal

There are many confusing nuances to criminal law regarding drug possession and use both in Georgia and across the country. Many people rightfully find the laws that currently exist to be confusing and hard to understand. This can lead to people making mistakes that have legal and criminal consequences.

One of the most common misperceptions is the idea that there are both legal and illegal drugs. People may mistakenly think, for example, that possession of prescription medications would be a less serious offense than possession of street drugs.

How can I defend against theft allegations?

Imagine you were shopping at a department store on a Saturday afternoon in Cumming. As you went to leave the building, however, the security guard stopped you and accused you of shoplifting. Even though the guard was mistaken, you're now facing theft charges in Georgia criminal court.

Theft allegations come with serious consequences for those convicted of the crime, so it's important that you formulate your criminal defense carefully.

Shoplifting accusations increase during holidays

Georgia shoppers may have visited a local store in recent weeks, likely noticing how crowded many retail establishments are this time of year. Some stores even report that the place was so busy, no carts were available for customers. During hours when stores are busy, it is not unusual for retail establishments to ramp up security measures to prevent theft. Unfortunately, for some shoppers, the hectic environment can lead to accusations of shoplifting

In one recent case, a woman was spotted placing items in a bag and walking out of the store without paying for the items. She did not leave the store's premises, however. She explained to authorities that she did not intend to steal any merchandise and was not aware that merely stepping outside the door with items that had not been paid for yet would be considered stealing. She was charged with shoplifting anyway. 

Drug crimes? Maybe there's more to the story

Experts say the rampant abuse of prescription drugs has reached epidemic proportions. Across Georgia and the nation as a whole, law enforcement is on high alert, trying to stop drug crimes before illegal prescription drugs hit the black markets, often sold by drug dealers peddling other controlled substances. Many people think that, because a certain drug is available with a prescription, it is safe to consume, but if a person has not been prescribed medication by a doctor, they can be dangerous and are against the law, like other illegal street drugs.

Unfortunately, the methods used to combat the presence of prescription drugs in the illegal drug market can turn into a bit of a witch hunt. Law enforcement has become quick to make arrests first and sort out the details later. Surely this is a noble effort to save lives by preventing overdoses and drug abuse, but for a person falsely accused, the aftermath may have devastating consequences. 

Students home for the holidays prone to underage DUI enforcement

Georgia families may be preparing to welcome their children home for the holidays. Colleges and universities across the nation take a break from classes for a few weeks, allowing students the opportunity to return to their roots and visit old friends and loved ones. Many students look forward to catching up and often enjoy a night out with friends they may have been separated from since the beginning of the school year. Families need to be aware that the state has already issued a warning, and people accused of underage DUI could face serious consequences.

Georgia police are on the lookout for impaired drivers of any age. Statistically, the holiday season brings an increase in alcohol-related accidents. This time of year, it is not unusual for friends to have a few drinks as they watch a sporting event, grab a snack at a favorite old restaurant or gather around a cozy fire to reminisce. 

Frequently asked questions about domestic violence

No one ever said that having a family would be easy, but if you've been falsely accused of committing domestic violence against a relative, you probably feel like family life is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can endure. Regardless of how your domestic violence accusations came about, it's important to try and set your emotions aside and educate yourself on the issue at hand.

To help you learn as much as you can, here are a few questions about the crime of domestic violence:

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