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Family Violence Element Makes Penalties Harsher for Many Crimes in Georgia
While assault and battery charges come with strict penalties on their own in Georgia, these penalties are even harsher if the act was committed against a member of one’s family or household. When this is the case, the state will charge the defendant with a family violence crime. Family violence and assault and battery charges […]
How the Georgia Points System Works in Penalizing Drivers for Traffic Violations
The Georgia Department of Driving Services (DDS) maintains a point system to keep track of the traffic violations motorists commit. If you accumulate too many points within a certain amount of time, you could face suspended or revoked driving privileges. The following are the number of points you can receive before your license is suspended […]
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Georgia?
Per Georgia state law, a wrongful death is any fatality in which one or more parties cause the death of another individual due to reckless, negligent or criminal acts. In many situations, this comes down to a party failing to use reasonable care to prevent a serious injury or death when that party had a […]
How Does Georgia Define Family Violence?
In Georgia, the crime of family violence involves any one of several specific criminal acts involving family members. Individuals convicted of a family violence crime may face greater penalties than they would for committing the same offense against a nonfamily member. State law defines family violence as any act of battery, assault, criminal damage to […]
Enticing a Minor Has a Broad Definition, Comes with Serious Penalties in Georgia
In 2010, the Georgia state legislature passed and the governor signed into law a bill that redefined a variety of sexual offenses. One of those crimes is known as enticing a child for indecent purposes, which comes with some tough penalties for those convicted. Per state law, an individual may be guilty of this offense […]
What Are the Penalties for DUI in Georgia?
In Georgia, like most other states, a conviction of driving under the influence may come with serious penalties. You may lose your driving privileges, leaving you unable to go to work, attend school or meet your other daily obligations. You may also need to pay large fines or spend time in jail, especially if you’ve […]
Understanding the Penalties for Drug Possession in Georgia
Like many states, Georgia has decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana over the past few years. However, the state still maintains harsh penalties for drug possession overall, and those convicted could be left dealing with large fines, a suspended driver’s license and jail time. In Georgia, individuals convicted of drug possession for the first time […]
“Super Speeders” Have to Pay Additional Fines When Cited in Georgia
Somewhat unique to Georgia state law is the concept of a “Super Speeder.” The state defines these as any motorists cited for traveling at speeds of 75 miles per hour or more on a two-lane road or highway or 85 miles per hour or more on other highways. Those who receive Super Speeder citations must […]
Georgia Law Calls for Serious Penalties for Hit-and-Run Drivers
Every state in the nation, including Georgia, has laws on the books that mandate drivers to remain at the scene of an auto accident until they can exchange information with other parties involved — or until law enforcement officers or emergency responders arrive. Any driver involved in a crash who leaves the scene may be […]