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Being unaware of new laws can result in traffic violations

While the nation is celebrating the anniversary of America's independence, the state of Georgia saw another anniversary pass. One year ago, the state passed a law prohibiting drivers from using a phone or other device while driving. This is the law of the land for anyone out and about on Georgia roads. If a person is not aware of the statute and violates its terms, he or she may be charged with traffic violations.  

Usually, violating this law results in a ticket for distracted driving. It is estimated that in the year since the law took effect, about 65,000 drivers were charged accordingly. Distracted driving is dangerous, because looking away from the road for even a moment can cause an accident that results in injury, death or property damage. 

Items in your home may add to drug crimes charges

This time of year, Americans celebrate living in "the land of the free, and the home of the brave." As Independence Day celebrations kick off across the nation, Georgia residents must remain aware that freedom doesn't mean a person cannot get in trouble if law enforcement suspects a law has been broken. Especially when it comes to drug crimes, items in one's home might be used as evidence. 

Recently, police obtained warrants to search a Georgia residence where they allegedly has reason to believe drug activity was taking place. When the home was searched, police confirm that they found evidence of drug use and distribution. Three people were arrested as a result. 

Teens and marijuana possession: Does your teen know the law?

Georgia has recently passed several laws that will eventually allow the use of medical marijuana for qualified patients. Many states already have the infrastructure for such programs in place, while others have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana entirely. A teen may not be aware that laws vary from state to state, and a Georgia teen may end up in legal trouble after being charged with marijuana possession.

Recently, a Georgia teen was found to be in possession of some vape cartridges. Vaping among teens is becoming more common even though the use and sale of such products is restricted until a person is 18 years old, like traditional tobacco products. The cartridges the teen had contained THC, an ingredient in marijuana that produces a high.

How to fight back against shoplifting charges in Georgia

Being accused of shoplifting can often be a misunderstanding, but it can be damaging. Not only can it lead to a criminal record and legal consequences, but it can severely damage your reputation within your community. This is why it is so important to defend yourself if you have been falsely accused of shoplifting.

The way that you choose to defend yourself will generally depend on the action that you were accused of. For example, defending yourself against being accused of walking out of a store with unpaid items is going to be a different type of defense than reacting to an allegation of altering price tags on items.

Father and son hemmed up on drug charges

Recently, a father and son from Georgia found themselves in a pickle after several interactions with local law enforcement. The father is the owner of a towing company, often receiving calls to assist with disabled vehicles after a traffic accident. A vehicle search as part of an investigation turned into a legal ordeal that left the man and his adult son facing drug charges

Sources say that the trouble began when police asked the tow truck owner if they could search his vehicle during an investigation. The man gave his permission. Police allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine, but they did not arrest him at that time. 

East Coast initiative zeros in on traffic violations

Drivers will notice an increased police presence on the roads up and down the East Coast in the coming weeks. The state of Georgia will be participating in Operation Coast to Coast, an initiative in which at least eight states have joined. The purpose is to station extra law enforcement along routes that are frequently used by those traveling for vacation. With summer vacation already underway, police are cracking down on traffic violations

Last year, thousands of drivers were ticketed during this initiative. Some of the main infractions police are looking out for include speeding, distracted driving, DUI and seat belt enforcement. Police say that there will be sobriety check points as well. 

Smile, you're on camera, but were you shoplifting?

Georgia shoppers would be hard-pressed to find a modern retail establishment that does not use some sort of security system, such as cameras or special tags on goods. Retailers use measures like these to reduce the risk of theft and shoplifting. What happens when someone reviews footage from the cameras and sees a person suspected of committing one of these crimes?

Recently, footage from security cameras at Ulta Beauty in Georgia showed three individuals whom law enforcement suspects of shoplifting. Police are asking the public to help identify the people in the video. It is unclear what sort of evidence law enforcement claims to have. 

Could you be arrested for using kratom?

Many Georgia residents who struggle with chronic pain have found relief with the use of kratom, a product that is made from the leaves of an indigenous South Asian tree. Some states have banned the use, manufacture and purchase of kratom products. Where does Georgia stand on this matter?

As of today, kratom remains legal to purchase and use here in Georgia. Back in December of 2018, the Kratom Trade Association (KTA) lobbied Georgia lawmakers to continue to allow state residents to enjoy the benefits they receive from using the herbal product.

Police ramp up efforts against traffic offenses

These days, most adults have come to rely on a smartphone or similar device to assist with daily tasks. Certainly handy, a few clicks and swipes can pay a bill or allow the user to check in with friends, find directions and even order takeout. These devices may now seem like second nature, and some people may not realize that using one while driving is not only dangerous, but can result in tickets for traffic offenses in Georgia. 

Police in Georgia are stepping up efforts to catch motorists in the act of distracted driving. Certainly, a driver should not be looking away from the road to use a device because accidents can happen in a split second. It is also against the law to use such a device without the help of a hands-free technology. 

Police: Retail giant a magnet for theft

Most Georgia shoppers have probably been to a Walmart. The retail giant has locations all over the United States, and for many, it is an affordable one-stop shop. The busy stores also attract people planning to commit theft, according to local police. 

Police say that they have responded to a local Walmart thousands of times. They admit that, on many occasions, the store called for police help over items that cost only a few dollars or because a shopper was merely suspected of theft. Walmart says that they have worked to develop new theft prevention methods. 

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