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Can I be charged with kidnapping my own child?

Kidnapping is generally defined as the taking of a person through coercion or against his or her own will. However, when it comes to your own child or a minor that is a close relative, the definition differs slightly.

In your situation, the child may have willingly wanted to come with you, perhaps on a holiday or an international trip. But if this violates the child custody agreement in place and it is not permitted by the primary custodian, then it likely constitutes kidnapping.

The more DUI convictions you have, the higher the penalty

In many areas of criminal law, your criminal record will have an impact on the potential consequences and even the charges you face. First time offenders may receive more lenient treatment and are more likely to receive the benefit of the doubt from prosecutors and judges, particularly for nonviolent offenses.

For those facing charges of driving under the influence, even first time charges have serious penalties. However, subsequent offenses can carry even harsher penalties, which can have a long-term impact on your life, your finances and your future. Understanding how Georgia courts penalize DUI offenses is the first step toward reducing the potential consequences you face.

Drafting a parenting plan in Georgia

When you first start considering the possibility of a divorce or when you take the first steps of action in divorce proceedings, one of the first things that you are likely to consider is your kids and their future. Every parent wants the best for their children, so they want to ensure that they have a stable upbringing and do not suffer from the divorce.

Naturally as a parent, you will also presumably want to make sure that you spend as much time as possible with your children. You might even be seeking to gain full custody of them. Whatever you desire to gain from the custody settlement, it is important to remember that the judge will always rule in what he or she deems to be the child's best interests. This tends to be, whenever appropriate, joint custody. The following are the best places to start in initiating the process.

How does Georgia law treat robbery charges?

Robbery is considered a serious and often violent crime across the United States. However, each state has its own specific laws on the consequences of a robbery charge. Of course, petty theft and armed robbery are very different crimes; therefore, they have differing consequences.

Robbery laws in Georgia are strict because they criminalize any type of force or threat used in order to gain possession of another person's property. Therefore, even a threat that is made as a joke could be a criminal act if the recipient treats the threat seriously.

Can going to rehab affect the custody of my kids?

There is no doubt that America has lost its War on Drugs, and perhaps the biggest casualty of all is the children who are destined to grow up without one or both parents involved in their lives.

However, there is good news on the horizon as well. The fact is that parents who have lost custody of their kids due to substance abuse can complete a rehabilitation program and petition the court to once again be a part of their kids' lives.

Families in America growing by 66 percent due to divorce

Divorce has caused families in America to grow by 66 percent, according to new data released by a professor from the University of Massachusetts Boston. You might be asking why. The simple answer is that divorce leads to blended families due to second, third and subsequent marriages. This causes the families to grow in members, sometimes so large that it's too difficult to keep up with names at holiday gatherings.

The data has found that nearly one-third of households in the United States led by adults under the age of 55 are home to at least one stepparent. The same study found that couples older than 55 who have adult children have a stepchild 33 percent of the time.

Face felony charges head-on instead of hiding

Felony charges can impact you for the rest of your life, especially if you are convicted. Upon conviction of a felony, you are facing the branding of being a felon forever unless you are fortunate enough to qualify for an expungement. Launching a successful petition for this, which isn't very likely except in very limited circumstances, should not be something on which you depend.

We understand that you might feel like you are cornered right now. It is never pleasant to have to answer to criminal charges of any type. We can help you to learn about the options that you have for your case. These might range from a plea deal or pretrial diversion to preparing your case for a jury trial. While you might have already decided how you want to handle the matter, it is imperative that you keep your mind open for each option because you just never know what might creep up that makes a different option than your original choice the better one.

What will a criminal defense attorney do for me?

Being charged with a criminal offense in Georgia is scary. You have no idea how the case is going to play out even if you've been charged in the past. Facing criminal charges does not have to be the end of your freedom as you know it. A criminal defense attorney will know how to handle your case and the steps to take to defend the charges against you. So, what will a criminal defense attorney do for you?

One of the most important things a defense attorney can do for you is negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor. This is truly something that should be left for attorneys and not a time for self-representation. The attorney will have experience with the prosecutor and will know what he or she will be able to negotiate when trying to get you a reduced sentence or lesser charge.

How to make joint custody easier for both parents

Being granted joint custody by the court, or coming to an agreement on your own, is a big step in a divorce or child custody battle. Sharing custody of your child jointly with the other parent is an option with which many parents are uncomfortable. Then there are those who know they can make it work but need a little help.

Here are some tips for making joint custody easier for both parents.

3 ways to protect your business from divorce

On your wedding day, the last thing you want to acknowledge is the possibility of divorce. Unfortunately, for many couples, their happily-ever-afters do not include their spouses. In many cases, it is impossible to know this when you say "I do." However, this does not mean you should not take precautions in case it does happen. This is especially true if you have your own business in Canton.

Property division in a divorce can seriously impact your company if you do not take the necessary steps to put protections in place. For some ways you can guard your business from the effects of divorce, read further.

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