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What do field sobriety tests prove?

If you know someone who has been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in Georgia, you might know that they were asked to take field sobriety tests before they were arrested. You may not, however, fully understand what these tests are or how they may be used by prosecutors and law enforcement.

What impact will federal criminal justice reform have?

There are many who feel the criminal justice system has terrible problems. It can be difficult to argue when prisons are over capacity and crime does not seem to be decreasing. There have been many attempts to revise laws and make changes to fix the issue, but none have really worked. According to The Hill, the FIRST STEP Act may help. While it is a federal law, it may help states like Georgia.

What is a false confession?

If law enforcement in Georgia accuses you of a crime, you will usually be taken in for interrogation. During this process, law enforcement may use a variety of tactics to get you to confess. They brought you in because they have some suspicion you are guilty. They may or may not have evidence. They probably cannot prove at this point that you did do the crime, but they will say many things to get a confession because a confessions holds up well in court.

Can you expunge your criminal record in Georgia?

A criminal record can cause significant and adverse complications on your life in Georgia, and may hinder you from obtaining gainful employment, gaining custody of your child or even obtaining credit or a home loan. For this reason, you may wish to have your record expunged, meaning that the state seals it and makes it unavailable via the state or Federal repositories. In many states, criminal record expungement is possible, but unfortunately, in Georgia, it is not.

Does an acquittal prove your case was maliciously prosecuted?

The verdict from the jury comes back as “not guilty.” We would imagine many people who have just gone through a Georgia trial would experience great relief at being acquitted. However, it is also natural to feel anger and humiliation for having been put through the ordeal of a trial for a crime that was never proven. Some people in that position may even feel the prosecutor was out to get them. But is an acquittal enough to prove malicious prosecution?

What are bail bonds?

If you or someone you know gets arrested, the court will usually set bail, which must be paid to get out of a Georgia jail. Often the bail is a high amount that most people cannot afford to pay. This is where a bail bond comes in. According to Money Crashers, a bail bond is paid by a bail bondsman on your behalf. You will have to put up a percentage of the bail to secure the bond. You may also have to put up a valuable asset to secure the bond.

Why social media can hurt you in court

Many people understand the right to remain silent when questioned by Georgia law enforcement. The problem is that when it comes to social media, we are often not silent at all about our personal lives. What people post about themselves, even if it is intended for a small circle of family and friends, can be uncovered by law enforcement and used against a person if that individual ends up charged with a crime.

Is marijuana legal in Georgia?

With many states legalizing marijuana, it can sometimes be confusing to know where the law stands in your own state. If you wonder if marijuana is legal in Georgia, then the answer is that at this time it is not legal for recreational use, but it is legal for medical use in some cases, according to The Hill. The state joins many other states in the country that have legalized marijuana for medical use for chronic health conditions.

What are the categories of criminal charges?

If you are facing criminal charges in Georgia, it is essential that you understand the crimes you are charged with. You also must know what category of crime you are being charged with. The different categories of crimes will typically determine the sentence you could face and how a conviction may affect you for the rest of your life.