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Couple accused of shoplifting

The holiday season is fast approaching, and stores across Georgia are becoming crowded with the annual flood of bargain hunters and gift shoppers. Sales meant to attract large numbers of shoppers can result in crowds and long lines. This time of year, there is usually a spike in accusations of shoplifting.

Georgia residents who have braved the crowds before may be able to attest to the fact that there is sometimes a shortage of carts or baskets in which shoppers keep the items they plan to purchase. Some people may consider holding their items in their clothes pockets or personal bags. This is not a good idea as it may appear that an individual is attempting to steal the goods.

Faulty drug test could lead to invalid charges of drug crimes

Both state and federal laws take a strong stance against the use and possession of illicit drugs, and Georgia readers know individuals convicted of this type of crime can face extensive time in jail. Charges related to drug crimes are serious, and they can affect a person's freedom and his or her future interests. Unfortunately, there may be some across the state who are facing these charges for a specific invalid reason -- a faulty drug test.

There is a specific type of kit widely used by law enforcement to determine whether or not a driver is under the influence of drugs or has drugs in his or her possession. However, a recent investigation in the use of this specific tool found that it has been wrong, not just once, but well over one hundred times. This means there are people facing various types of drug charges and are in jail who were not actually under the influence of drugs or had drugs in their possession at the time of their arrest.

Police crack down on teens and alcohol

Georgia police are on a mission, and they have stepped up efforts to prevent teens from drinking in local establishments. Recently, law enforcement teams have utilized undercover agents in the form of people under the age of 21 to test area businesses' compliance with underage alcohol sales. Though the operation was geared towards businesses, parents and teens need to be aware that if a teen is caught with alcohol the establishment that served it is not the only one facing legal trouble. 

In Georgia, a person must be 21 years old to purchase, consume or possess alcohol. Teens may think that drinking is just a fun way to enjoy an evening out or a party with friends. Many teens do not realize that violating alcohol laws can land them in legal trouble. 

Teens accused of theft and more

Georgia parents would likely agree that teens can be as difficult to manage as children at younger ages. Though most teens are ready for some level of independence, and can often get through their daily routine without much supervision or assistance, teens often do not understand that their actions can have consequences that could follow them for decades. Sometimes, one bad decision, such as a theft crime, can land a young person in a legal situation he or she may not be equipped to deal with. 

Recently, it was suspected that a group of Georgia teens had robbed a pizza delivery driver. They allegedly fired a weapon to frighten the man, and stole money from him. Later it is suspected that the same teens entered a restaurant and demanded money from the employees. Though the boys were reported to be armed during both incidents, it was confirmed that no one was hurt in either case. 

Georgia man facing marijuana possession, trafficking charges

Many Georgia residents can relate to situations where days that start out one way wind up quite another. One man recently gained a clear understanding of what that is like when he was traveling somewhere and a police officer pulled him over in a traffic stop. The events that unfolded thereafter may change his life because he is now facing marijuana possession and trafficking charges.

As in all criminal law situations, the man in this situation is guaranteed the opportunity to defend himself. In the moments leading up to his arrest, a K-9 unit was deployed during the traffic stop and allegedly alerted officers to something inside the car. Police say they then searched the vehicle.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The month of October is a favorite on the calendar for many Georgia residents. The heat of summer finally releases it's grip, and cool weather brings fun activities like football games, walks in the woods to enjoy the foliage and family favorite dinners. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one local community has found a creative way to bring attention to the issue. 

A local Georgia community group is staging a talent show. All monies raised from participating in or attending the event will go to help victims of domestic violence. The organization responsible for hosting the event has helped over 20,000 people of all genders and ages since it's inception. 

Children may face charges after shoplifting call turns violent

Georgia parents are probably aware that there is potential for trouble when their children are old enough to venture out with friends. Most parents can only hope that the lessons they have taught their teens will help them avoid getting themselves involved in illegal activity, but sometimes teens make mistakes. Recently, two children accused of shoplifting found themselves involved in an incident that ended in the shooting of a police officer. 

The trouble began when a caller informed police that three men were attempting to steal merchandise from a local big box store. When police arrived, they were able to spot the suspects. Two of them, minor children, were reportedly cooperative. The third, an adult, attempted to flee. 

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.

Teen vapers can face charges of minor in possession

Georgia parents may not be aware that what has been advertised as a safer alternative to smoking could land their teen in hot water. The law classifies vapes and the liquids uses inside them as tobacco products, and therefore it is against the law for teens to purchase, possess or use them. Though many people are not aware teen use of vapes is a crime, and law enforcement often looks the other way when a teen who is not causing any trouble has a vape, officials now warn teens can be charged with minor in possession

Research into vaping is still in it's infancy, and some experts warn that additives and ingredients in vape fluids are largely unregulated. Some may even contain ingredients known to be scheduled narcotics. Some areas of Georgia have begun campaigns to alert the public that police will be stepping up enforcement efforts, and teens suspected of violating the law can be charged with a crime. 

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. 

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