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Georgia student focused on criminal defense for social media post

Something viewed as a humorous prank by one person could be perceived in a much different light by another. Every action taken, regardless of someone's age, can potentially bring life-changing consequences. A college scholarship student in Georgia is likely preparing a criminal defense due to his actions involving a photo he allegedly snapped and posted on social media.

Criminal defense on tap after 22 arrests in Georgia

Crime rates are high in many areas. However, not all people charged with crimes are convicted. In fact, some accused individuals are successful in having their charges lowered or their cases dismissed entirely. Often, aggressive strategies help defendants protect their rights and preserve their freedoms. There are at least 22 people in Georgia who are likely focused on criminal defense after their recent arrests over a six-day period.

Criminal Defense: Cosby and the concept of "similar transactions"

Criminal Defense: In criminal trials, prosecutors will often attempt to bring in prior convictions or prior bad acts in trial as a way to persuade jurors as to a defendant's guilt.  These are fights that our fought before trial in pretrial hearings.  The case against actor Bill Cosby is a great example of a prosecutor trying to get in prior bad acts.  Cosby faces sexual assault charges in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Today, the prosecutor attempted to win a preliminary hearing arguing for the testimony of more than twelve women to testify at Cosby's upcoming trial. The prosecutor argued a concept that we use in Georgia of "similar transactions".  If the judge allows this testimonry to come in, it will ease the prosecutor's burden of showing intent and it will most definitly bolster the prosecution's case against Cosby.  In Georgia, these "other acts", like in Pennsylvania, need to be similar enough so that they show the "handiwork of the same perpetrator," (the PA prosecutor's words from today) and the limited purpose of showing the defendant's state of mind, knowledge, intent, or mode of operation in the crime charge (Georgia).  In both states, the judge will focus on the similarities versus the differences in making his/her decision in allowing similar transactions in.

Criminal Defense: Ross Harris #hotcardeath trial summary

Criminal Defense attorney Meg Strickler has been covering the Ross Harris #hotcardeath trial for WXIA NBC Affiliate in Atlanta.  She has appeared throughout the more than month long trial with anchor Vinnie Politan and his dream team of legal experts.  Click here for a sample of her commentary.  Ross Harris is accused of intentionally leaving his 22 month old son, Cooper, in a his small SUV to die on a very hot day in June of 2014 in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.  The jury will probably come back this week with a verdict of at least the Felony Murder charge of Cruelty to Children second degree and counts six through eight that focus on his sexting with a minor.  His sentencing will probably be postponed for a bit of time after the trial ends.  But, ultimately, Ross Harris could be taxed with the famous "trial tax" and receive a long sentence of life plus an additional amount of years.  He will not get out of prison.

Criminal Defense: The Use of Experts in Trials

Criminal Defense: The use of experts is an important decision in the defense of a criminal case.  If the government, for example, has chosen to bring an expert on as part of their case, it may be an absolute necessity to obtain an expert on the defense side to refute the various statements made by the government's expert.  The use of experts by the defense can also be quite helpful in the pre indictment discussions with government.  

Georgia couple facing criminal defense issues

Georgia state apparently had arrest warrants issued for two persons who happen to be married to each other. An incident recently occurred that led to accusations against the husband for property damage and other offenses. The encounter reportedly resulted in both husband and wife being placed under arrest and in need of criminal defense.

Criminal defense: Georgia law enforcement facing criminal charges

Criminal Defense: There are times when Georgia law enforcement agents are accused of illegal activities within their scopes of employment. In a recent incident, a police chief and an officer are facing state criminal charges, accused of violating their oaths of public office. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation recently released information regarding the matter.

Criminal defense on tap after Georgia accident

Traffic accidents often lead to police investigations. Many times, the investigations are intended to identify causal factors in a collision, as well as who may or may not have been responsible for the crash. When citations are issued against a driver in Georgia, or criminal  charges filed, the person accused may increase chances of a positive outcome by retaining legal assistance to build a strong criminal defense.

Criminal Defense: Murder dropped, woman still faces charges

Criminal defense: People's lives are full of ups and downs. This can be emotionally challenging for many to experience. Everybody reacts differently under emotionally difficult times, and some people make extremely bad mistakes. This seems to have been what one woman experienced when she was arrested on state criminal charges in Georgia.

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