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What are the Rules of Probation?

In the United States, the first rules of probation emerged in Boston in the 1870s. Beginning in the 1830s, John Augustus, a local philanthropist, convinced Beantown judges to release criminal offenders, mostly “drunkards,” into his custody, so he could help them pull things together.[...] Continue Reading

Posted in Criminal Law

Is Credit Card Fraud Protected by Federal Law?

Money is tight for everyone these days, so it only makes sense to review your credit card statements and the transaction records on your bank accounts frequently to make sure that no vendors have overcharged you for purchases that you made and to check for unauthorized transactions. [...] Continue Reading

Posted in Criminal Law

How Much Money is Considered Money Laundering?

Money laundering is more about the intent than the amount of money, but you will likely be investigated for money laundering if you bring more than $10,000 in cash into or out of the United States, deposit $10,000 or more in cash into a bank account, or if you spend more than $300,000 in cash on a real estate purchase. [...] Continue Reading

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Does GA Have a Second Chance Act?

As of 2021, Georgia’s Second Chance Act enables you to restrict and seal the records of most types of misdemeanor convictions, as long as four years have passed since you completed your sentence, and you have not gotten any new convictions during that time.[...] Continue Reading

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Georgia Repeals Citizen’s Arrest Law

In order to prevent crimes like the one that claimed the life of Ahmaud Arbery, Georgia has enacted a new law that prevents citizen’s arrest, except in the case of store employees who have witnessed shoplifting and restaurant employees who have witnessed “dine and dash” incidents.[...] Continue Reading

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Is Tax Evasion a Felony or Misdemeanor?

While tax evasion and other forms of tax fraud are white-collar crimes, they still carry serious penalties, including jail time. If you have been charged with tax evasion for failing to file tax returns, understating your income, or any other unlawful activity, you need to contact a Norcross white-collar crime attorney to protect your reputation, rights, and freedom.[...] Continue Reading

Posted in Corporate Law

How Can Divorce Affect My 401k?

Going through a divorce is never easy. Even if both you and your spouse agree to end the marriage and are on relatively amicable terms, matters dealt with in Gwinnett County divorce proceedings have the potential to impact you for years into the future [...] Continue Reading

Posted in Family Law

What is Felony Disenfranchisement?

Criminal charges for felony crimes in Georgia are a serious matter. They involve heavy fines and court costs, a potentially lengthy prison sentence, and a criminal record that follows you the rest of your life, impacting your ability to obtain housing, jobs, and an education. [...] Continue Reading

Posted in Criminal Law

Teenage Texts are Not Always PG

For parents today, discussing issues concerning sex with your children is complicated. Due to the amount of information available online and the sexually explicit nature of certain movies, television shows, or even commercials, they likely already know more than you suspect [...] Continue Reading

Posted in Juvenile Law

Divorce with Pets

Pets play an important role in people’s lives, to the point that they are often considered to be family members. When a marriage breaks up and spouses opt to separate, questions concerning their care and who will retain custody can get quite heated [...] Continue Reading

Posted in Family Law

Can Criminal Charges Affect Visitation Rights?

When parents are divorced or are otherwise no longer living together, child custody and visitation is likely to be a major issue. Children tend to do better when both parents are actively involved in their lives and each parent has the right to spend the time needed with their child in order to form a close and loving relationship. However, the primary concern of the court in child custody cases is ensuring that the safety and well-being of the child is protected[...] Continue Reading

Posted in Criminal Law

How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Georgia?

It is every driver’s worst fear to see flashing blue lights in their rearview mirror. It is an even bigger problem if you have had several alcoholic beverages prior to getting behind the wheel or are under the influence of any other type of substance, including prescription medication. Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious matter in Georgia that involves potentially severe penalties [...] Continue Reading

Posted in Criminal Law

Can a Domestic Violence Charge Affect My Child Custody Agreement in GA?

Child custody matters are among the most heated proceedings dealt with in the Georgia family courts. While personal issues between the parties involved often complicate matters when making child custody and visitation arrangements, the fact is that each parent has certain rights when it comes to their role as a parent. Domestic violence accusations do impact these rights, but even parents facing these types of charges may still be entitled to spend time with their children [...] Continue Reading

Posted in Family Law

Does it Matter Who Files for Divorce First?

Going through the breakup of a marriage is never easy, nor is making the decision to file for divorce. While you may want to take every opportunity to work out the problems you and your spouse are facing, the fact is that there can be disadvantages to waiting too long to initiate the required paperwork[...] Continue Reading

Posted in Family Law