The criminal justice system has become the treatment center for many people that suffer from mental illness and drug addictions. Thankfully, Georgia has taken steps to prevent overcrowding in the jails and has shifted towards treating people suffering from these issues in the hopes that individuals won’t become repeat offenders and be able to lead…

The Supreme Court is powerful, and has the final say on the constitutionality of all issues brought before it. Article III of the US Constitution established the Supreme Court of the United States in 1789. The Supreme Court is the final interpreter of federal constitutional law, having appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over…

“Insider Trading” is a nebulous subject that conjures up images of a jailed Martha Stewart (most likely in couture stripes). While there is such a thing as “legal” insider trading, the more interesting concept that we love to see in media involves “illegal” insider trading. Illegal insider trading is a simple concept. An employee who…

I was in Traffic Court covering a hearing for another of our firm’s attorneys last week. While I want to say that I have seen it all in my 22 years of practicing criminal law, what I saw in Traffic Court would make a loan shark blush. The obscene amounts of “court costs” (aka fees…

Being fortunate enough to be sentenced under the “First Offender” Act is a substantial benefit to those charged with a crime. The list of eligible First Offender crimes is quite extensive. Only crimes labeled serious violent felonies are not eligible. The primary benefit of the law is to keep you from being “convicted” and labeled…

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