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Drug charges filed after law enforcement raids home

A resident of north Georgia is facing serious criminal charges after law enforcement raided his home. The raid was the final result of an investigation by a few different local and state law enforcement agencies. After the raid, the man was arrested, and he is now facing drug charges that include possession and possession with intent to distribute. Because of these and other criminal charges against him, he would be wise to start working on his defense strategy.

When the police raid a home, it is usually the result of an investigation into the resident's actions and activities. There has to be clear evidence that a search of the property is necessary, and in most cases, law enforcement has to get a search warrant to enter a private residence and search the property. It is not immediately clear how the investigation led to the defendant or what evidence was provided to secure a search warrant.

DUI defense important for educator facing drunk driving charges

Drunk driving charges in Georgia can bring a range of penalties that can lead to time behind bars, expensive fines and loss of driving privileges. It can also have a detrimental effect on a person's career, as a Savannah State educator recently found out. Arrested for drunk driving and facing multiple criminal charges, he would be wise to start developing a strong DUI defense strategy.

The complete list of charges against the man include DUI, driving with an expired license, having an open container in the vehicle, speeding and obstruction. The original traffic stop was conducted after law enforcement reports observing the driver speeding. After pulling him over, the officer claims that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol, and he says he also observed the driver acting agitated with bloodshot eyes. 

Some Georgia cases involving drug charges under review

One Georgia county is currently reviewing various criminal cases investigated by a now defunct drug task force. Glynn County recently disbanded the group for misconduct and other issues, putting another investigative group in its place. Public defenders and county prosecutors are now looking at all cases involving drug charges that relate to this specific group, in order to determine if improper actions impacted the outcome of these cases in any way.

This task force is accused of various types of unlawful and inappropriate behavior while simultaneously investigating drug cases. One law enforcement member is accused of having sexual relations with a woman who was acting as a confidential informant for the group. Another member is accused of allowing a personal friend to carry a gun, even though he is a convicted felon. The group also neglected to properly investigate and charge a man because he was the personal friend of a member of the group.

Don't let a DUI destroy your driving career

You drive for a living, and you love it. You worked hard to get your commercial driver's license, and you want to do everything you can to keep it. Unfortunately, you have found yourself facing a DUI charge in the state of Georgia for an incident in either your personal or professional vehicle. If convicted, you may lose your CDL and ability to drive professionally for good. What can you do?

The state and federal governments hold commercial drivers to an extremely high standard when it comes to safe driving. They do not tolerate driving while impaired when on the clock. Even when off the clock, this is something about which CDL holders need to be careful. If charged with DUI, you do not have to sit back and let prosecuting attorneys decide your fate. There may be a way to fight the charge that would allow you to keep your license.

Man facing serious charges is likely focused on DUI defense

A Georgia man is facing serious criminal charges after a fatal accident in Gwinnett County. Due to the nature of the specific charges he is up against, a strong DUI defense strategy may be necessary. After the accident, the charges against him included DUI and following too closely. However, charges were upgraded from serious injury by vehicle to vehicular homicide after a person hurt in the accident was declared brain dead by doctors and passed away. 

According to the accident report, the victim was stopped at an intersection when the accused, coming from behind, struck the rear of the other vehicle as he was attempting to change lanes. The force of the crash caused both vehicles to rotate in the lane, resulting in injury to other drivers as well. Law enforcement impounded both vehicles for further investigation. 

Changes in DUI laws may require changes in DUI defense strategies

Georgia drivers facing drunk driving charges have every right to defend themselves against the formal accusations. A conviction can result in fines, loss of driving privileges and more, and there is significant benefit in having a strong DUI defense strategy. However, changes in drunk driving laws in the state may mean that drivers facing DUI charges need to rethink their defense plans.

Recently, the highest court in Georgia ruled the state's current implied consent law was unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court determined that it was not appropriate to use a person's refusal to submit to a breath test against them in court. Following that, the state senate then voted on changes that would address the unconstitutional parts of the state's laws. 

The role of an experienced criminal defense legal team

The consequences of a criminal conviction can be wide-ranging and severe.

For starters, of course, freedom can be imperiled. Some felony offenses carry notably lengthy prison terms. Even a misdemeanor conviction can sometimes yield an unwelcome stint in jail.

Avoid severe DUI penalties by planning ahead for a sober ride

Most people rely on their vehicles to get just about everywhere. If you are like most people, you probably drive to and from work, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, the bank and more. However, if you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, you face severe penalties including driver’s license suspension, which could have a serious impact on your day-to-day life.

What are the penalties for driving under the influence?

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