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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.  

Sex Crimes: Council member in Georgia accused of sex crimes

Sex crimes: Serving one's community in the capacity of a city council member is considered by many to be a worthwhile endeavor. Being accused of criminal wrongdoing while serving on a council, however, may not only ruin a person's reputation but also cause immediate and long-lasting consequences, even before the court addresses the situation. A 53-year-old man in Georgia is facing such charges for alleged sex crimes he committed with a teenage girl.

Drug Charges: DEA agents seeking cooperation

Drug Charges: Whether one should answer questions asked by authorities regarding suspected criminal activity is a choice many people in Georgia have had to make. Especially with regard to federal criminal charges, it can be very scary to face investigators and answer questions concerning particular situations. Many defendants choose not to speak on their own behalves; rather, they enlist the assistance of criminal defense attorneys to do their talking for them.

Drug Charges: Police raid Georgia house, find heroin and a monkey

Drug Charges: Georgia police often conduct extended investigations when they suspect one or more parties of illicit drug activities. A recent bust occurred after a long surveillance of a Georgia couple. Officers say that in addition to possible heroin, they found some other items as well, including one that came as a surprise.

Sex Crimes: Instructor accused of child molestation in Georgia

A martial arts instructor in Georgia has been accused of sex crimes. The child molestation allegations have apparently pitted members of the community against one another. Some have rallied around him in defense of his good character and presumed innocence, while others have stated they believe the accusations are true.

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.

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