In Georgia and elsewhere, the older a child gets, the more a decision-making process shifts from the parent to the offspring. When a child reaches the age of 18, he or she is considered an adult in the eyes of the law. Though certainly, a person at this age can do his or her best to make good choices, it is not uncommon for some teens and young adults to find trouble in the form of petty crimes, such as shoplifting.
For some people, the news that they are being charged with a drug crime is shameful. They might be worried about what other people are thinking of them when they find this out. As difficult as it is to face this situation, the underlying issue that has to be addressed is the addiction.
Under current Georgia law, a person accused of having marijuana on his or her person can face stiff penalties if convicted, such as hefty fines, probation or even jail time, even if a person is caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. Proponents of a new bill think these penalties are unfair to those convicted of marijuana possession. Though some members of law enforcement agencies have spoken out against the legislative proposal, many Georgia residents support these changes.
Perhaps one of the most unfortunate limitations people place on estate planning is that it exists for families to leave an inheritance for their children. This is only a small portion of the good an estate plan can do. While Georgia parents can certainly improve the lives of their children with a well-planned estate, those without children can also benefit from careful will and trust preparation.
Georgia residents may be among the millions of Americans who enjoy reading the daily news. Whether it's a newspaper or online, reading the local news can be a good way to keep up with what's going on in the community. Many local news sources include a police log, which usually gives a brief description of crimes that have allegedly occurred in the area. Unfortunately, these snippets do not give the full story, and many times, people who are not actually guilty of a crime must suffer the embarrassment of being accused in a police log, which can remain online or in print for many years, with no follow-up to attest to his or her innocence. A recent police log gives a bare bones description of a supposed shoplifting crime, but the accusation may very well be a misunderstanding.