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What happens if you run a red light in Georgia?

As most Georgians know, traffic violations are criminal offenses in Georgia. The crime can get much more severe if someone was hurt or killed due to driver negligence.

In 2017, crashes involving a car that ran a red light led to 890 deaths across the U.S. It is estimated that an additional 132,000 people were injured due to light runners.

DUI defense important for Georgia football player

A Georgia football player finds himself in legal trouble after an arrest for drunk driving. A conviction could bring penalties that may affect his education, football career and even other opportunities he may have in the future. At this point, he is likely focused on considering his options for a strong DUI defense.

In addition to the DUI charges he is currently facing, there are additional misdemeanor charges against him, including failure to maintain the lane and possession of alcohol as a minor. According to the police report, the student was driving near the University of Georgia campus when law enforcement noticed his vehicle swerving into the oncoming lane. They pulled him over and asked him to submit to sobriety tests.

Georgia police officer focused on DUI defense after arrest

Facing criminal charges can negatively impact a person's career, as one Georgia police officer learned recently. After an arrest for drunk driving, he also lost his job as a law enforcement professional. In addition to this, he is also facing the possibility of administrative and criminal penalties. At this point, he likely focused on building a strong DUI defense.

The Chief of Police in Warrenton revealed to the media that he fired an officer after that individual caused an accident. Further information revealed that the officer was arrested for causing a collision that resulted in injury, driving too fast and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He had only been working for the department for a few months when the accident occurred. 

Drug charges and multiple arrests follow Georgia traffic stop

A few people in Cherokee County find themselves facing criminal charges after law enforcement pulled over one vehicle. The traffic stop eventually resulted in drug charges for four people, as well as other traffic-related criminal charges. The initial traffic stop involved one person, but information gathered during this interaction led law enforcement to a private residence where more arrests were eventually made.

According to the report, when Georgia police first tried to stop the driver, he failed to stop the vehicle right away. The driver was supposedly weaving and not maintaining his lane at the time. They say they noticed the driver dumping a substance from the vehicle before he pulled over. Police found what they believed to be methamphetamine. After this, they went to the home of the driver.

Traffic stop for speeding leads to DUI charges for 1

Being involved in a traffic stop for excessive speeding can be a stressful and harrowing experience. While a citation for speeding could be troublesome enough as is, the process may only become more daunting should additional allegations arise. A recent traffic stop involving similar circumstances in Georgia has reportedly left a 42-year-old woman in custody facing DUI charges.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident took place on a recent Thursday night. According to reports, officers spotted a vehicle traveling well above the posted speed limit and proceeded to initiate a routine traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, they claim to have initiated field sobriety tests after catching a strong odor of alcohol emanating from within her vehicle

The difference between felonies and misdemeanors

Anytime you encounter law enforcement, you would benefit from having a clear understanding of your rights. However, criminal law is often complex, and the severity of any criminal charges can depend a great deal on the unique factors of the situation. If police recently arrested you for a crime such as a repeat offense of DUI or a violent incident that resulted in someone else's injury, you may be waiting to hear if the district attorney will file the charge as a misdemeanor or felony.

Understanding the difference between the two levels of charges and the related penalties is critical for building a strong defense strategy.

Drug charges follow after police interact with man at gas station

A Georgia man finds himself in serious legal trouble after a chance encounter with law enforcement at a gas station. Police had come to the gas station to look for another person when they noticed a vehicle parked illegally across a handicap space outside of the store. According to the report, the driver, now facing drug charges, was in his vehicle when law enforcement arrived. 

Police say that, when they walked up to the driver, he was pouring a green liquid from a baby bottle into another type of bottle. One of the officers stated that he believed the liquid was codeine. Police asked him to roll down his window, but instead, he opened his car door, after which the officers allege that they smelled marijuana. They asked him to step out of the vehicle, after which they said they noticed a weapon in the car. 

Georgia councilman would benefit from DUI defense after arrest

A councilman from the city of Canton is facing criminal charges that include driving under the influence and failure to maintain his lane while driving. He has not been convicted of these charges, though he is likely working on developing a DUI defense strategy. The city where he serves as a councilman has no comment about his status as the case is still ongoing. 

According to the police report, the man was pulled over by law enforcement after they allegedly witnessed him swerving in his lane. At the time of the traffic stop, he told Georgia law enforcement that purportedly he had not consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel, and he agreed to submit to a sobriety test. Police say that he then admitted to drinking, and a chemical test supposedly revealed his blood alcohol content levels were at .119%.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges against two Macon men

Two Macon men are facing serious criminal charges after law enforcement pulled them over for a tag violation. The man in the passenger seat fled from the vehicle when it came to a stop on the side of the road. Law enforcement were able to catch the passenger who fled, and both he and the driver were charged with various crimes, including drug charges. 

Georgia police claim that they were able to smell marijuana inside the vehicle. They searched the vehicle and found two bags that contained a combination of marijuana, bottles of THC oil and ecstasy pills. The specific amount of drugs found is not known. Upon arrest, one man was charged with possession with the intent to distribute, drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. 

What does a murder charge mean in Georgia?

As you likely know, laws vary from state to state. The same crime committed in one state could have different charges or consequences than in another state. Because of these differences, it is important to understand the exact laws associated with the charges you face.

If law enforcement in Georgia charges you with murder, you may face a different scenario than if charged with such a crime elsewhere. This allegation is still serious and should be treated carefully, and part of that careful treatment may include learning as much as possible about your specific predicament.

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