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Big change to laws regarding domestic violence

Recently, the state of Georgia has made some major changes to laws pertaining to restraining orders, in an effort to combat family violence. Domestic violence remains a grave concern in communities across the nation, and in many cases, a mere accusation can land a defendant on the receiving end of a restraining order. Laws about restraining orders have recently changed, and residents should be made aware that violating such an order is now a serious crime. 

Previously, if a person violated a restraining order by contacting a victim, it was considered an administrative matter. With the new changes, persons accused of violating a restraining order will be charged with a crime. The changes are meant to help victims prevent unwanted contact from an accused aggressor. 

Former college football player accused of shoplifting

Georgia shoppers may be familiar with the self-checkout lanes at large stores. Rather than wait in long lines, shoppers have an option to scan their own items and pay at a machine. Unfortunately, if a person is unable to properly complete the checkout process on the machine, they can find themselves accused of shoplifting

Recently, a former college football player found himself under arrest after shopping at a Georgia Walmart. He decided to use the self-checkout, and began to scan his items. While some scanned correctly, others did not. The machine is unable to alert a shopper when an item is not scanned, and in stores that are busy and noisy, it can be difficult to hear the sound the machine makes to confirm an item has been scanned properly. Perhaps unaware of the error, he paid the total shown on the screen and planned to exit the store. 

State considers law changes to prevent underage alcohol use

Georgia is home to nearly a hundred colleges and universities. A new semester has begun on campuses across the state, and college students are settling in for the fall. Though students and parents can expect to face many trials and tribulations over the course of a school year, like tuition costs, new social situations, and the ever-dreaded term paper, one major concern is constant: underage alcohol use

Some Georgia lawmakers are considering changes to the way their communities distribute liquor licenses to local businesses. Supporters of the change point out that venues that serve alcohol often allow persons under age 21 to enter for various events, like live music. When these establishments get crowded, it can be difficult for employees to prevent serving alcohol to minors. The new laws would establish different sorts of liquor licenses, regulating how much alcohol a venue is allowed to serve based on the sort of establishment it is. 

Intoxicated driving laws and criminal punishments in Georgia

State and local law enforcement officers in Georgia are aggressive in their enforcement of the state's intoxicated driving laws. These enforcement efforts have benefited Georgia as a whole by getting intoxicated drivers off the road and holding them criminally accountable for their violations. However, police are not infallible and sometimes make mistakes when arresting individuals for drunk driving.

A false DUI arrest can have devastating and immediate consequences on an individual's career, family life and social relationships. In terms of the law and the criminal consequences associated with a drunk driving conviction in Georgia, here are the most important details:

Man tries to avoid ticket for traffic offenses

Traffic tickets are no fun, and Georgia drivers may admit that they may have told a little tale to the officer to try to escape with a warning. It is never a good idea to lie to the police, but when drivers see the lights in their rear-view signaling a dreaded traffic stop, they may find themselves trying to cook up a good excuse. Law enforcement has been trained to sniff out tall tales, and one man recently learned that trying to avoid a ticket for traffic offenses can land a person in worse trouble. 

A Georgia police officer stopped the man, who resides out of state, when he allegedly saw him driving about 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. The driver pulled over, and when the officer approached, the driver reportedly flashed a badge of his own. The officer stated the man produced a badge to show that he was a federal marshal. 

Father charged with drug crimes after infant becomes ill

Most Georgia parents would probably agree that when it comes to the health and well-being of their children, they would do all they could to prevent inflicting injury or causing illness. Sometimes, parents accidentally expose children to substances or medications that can harm them. This was the case in a recent story in which a father realized he may be to blame for the mysterious symptoms his infant was suffering, and he wound up charged with drug crimes

The father was originally from another state, and had been prescribed an oil made from medical marijuana to soothe his aches and pains caused by arthritis. The arthritis was primarily in his hands, and he applied the oil as directed by the prescribing doctor. When his infant son began to show signs of an unknown illness, he brought the child to a doctor for medical attention. 

Police use viral challenge to call awareness of domestic violence

Violent crime remains a significant concern in Georgia. Even still, many people may be shocked to learn the actual statistics in their local communities. One police department decided to partake in a viral video challenge to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence locally. Domestic violence in Georgia is classified as "family violence," and can include physical, emotional or sexual abuse. 

The viral challenge has become extraordinarily popular in recent weeks. It has crossed most social media platforms and features police departments across the nation "lip synching" to a song of their choosing. Most submissions are silly and upbeat, as the trend was started in an effort to help local police maintain a friendly and good natured relationship with their community. 

Intoxication of a minor a serious concern for business owners

Georgia parents and their teens are gearing up for a new school year. Whether they will be attending a local high school or going off to college, parents may worry that their teens will have trouble adjusting to their unfamiliar social environment. The desire to fit in can lead teens to make bad decisions. While most teens probably do not understand the consequences that can come from drinking before they reach legal age, local business owners and law enforcement do, and are on a mission to prevent incidents of intoxication of a minor. 

If a person or business is caught providing alcohol to a teen, criminal charges and potentially hefty fines may follow. Teens may see drinking as relatively harmless, but adults know that disaster can strike when alcohol is consumed by teens and their friends. Recently, Georgia police began an undercover investigation to find out if area establishments follow the laws about serving alcohol to minors. 

Woman accused of traffic offenses becomes victim of misconduct

Georgia drivers probably know the feeling that hits the gut when a person is driving, perhaps a bit too fast, and sees flashing lights in the rear-view mirror. Certainly, nobody ever sets out on his or her way, trying to get a ticket. Traffic laws are meant to help keep everyone on the road safe, but when they become a joke to responding officers, traffic offenses can be handled unfairly.

Recently, a Georgia woman was pulled over for allegedly driving above the speed deemed appropriate for a wet road. The officers decided that, instead of issuing a ticket they felt was fair, they would flip a coin to see if she would be charged with speeding, or if they would add a reckless driving charge due to the wet road. The officers were being recorded by police cameras, and it is reported that, when the coin fell to indicate the additional charge, they laughed. 

Drug possession charges are particularly serious for students

It is common for high school students and college students to think of themselves as adults. In reality, parts of their brains are still developing, which leaves them susceptible to poor decision-making. That decision-making deficit can affect many areas of their lives. It can cause teenagers and college students to make impulsive decisions that can impact their safety and education.

Many times, these mistakes are relatively minor and only have some personal consequences. However, if those mistakes involve experimenting with illegal drugs, those mistakes can prove life-altering for your young adult child. If your child has pending criminal charges related to drug possession, you should take them seriously.

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