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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.

Taking a look at domestic violence laws in Georgia

Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects millions of people each year. It doesn't matter how old you are or what type of relationship you are in, domestic violence can occur to anyone. Today, we will take a look at the domestic violence laws in the state of Georgia.

The official definition of domestic violence by the state of Georgia is an act of family violence. The laws on the books protect victims from sexual, physical and emotional abuse from family members. Even though it says family, you do not have to be legally married to someone in Georgia to be the victim of domestic violence.

New charges for woman convicted in death by stabbing

A woman charged with the stabbing death of a 17-year-old male in 2005 is back in jail. The woman was originally convicted in the murder but was paroled after just four years in prison. The woman and her brother attacked the teen in his home, which was near the Georgia Square Mall, during a fight over drugs.

The woman was able to avoid going to trial by pleading to making false statements, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault. It also helped her avoid being sentenced to life in prison for her role in the crime. She was originally sentenced to 11 years in jail and an additional 29 years of probation.

How do I choose a divorce attorney?

Divorce is one of the worst words your spouse can say to you no matter how long you've been married. If your spouse approaches you regarding divorce and you know it's inevitable, you will need to get started immediately when it comes to finding a divorce attorney. So, how do you choose a divorce attorney in Canton?

One of the best ways to start a search for a divorce attorney is through friends and family members who have been through divorce. If their divorce was recently, that's an even better place to start. Find out how much the attorney knew about divorce, how the attorney handled the case, how questions were answered and how communication was with the attorney.

How police officers conduct criminal investigations

Committing a crime never has to be the end of the road for you and your freedom. There are different ways for you to defend yourself in against criminal charges. In order to mount the correct defense, it's best to understand how police officers conduct criminal investigations in Canton, Georgia.

For a crime that is in progress, officers will be dispatched to the scene immediately. Upon arrival, the officers will determine if a suspect is still on the scene. If so, the suspect will be arrested and transported to the police station. If not, the officers will begin their investigation. This will include taking pictures, collecting evidence, speaking to witnesses, taking fingerprints and much more.

How not to handle child custody during the school year

Divorcing parents should always do what is best for their children. The same goes when child custody issues come to light during the school year. School is stressful enough for kids when dealing with making friends, passing tests, writing papers and more. Here's how divorcing parents should never handle child custody issues during the school year.

You should never make the school the location of your child custody swap. Even if the visitation schedule changes on Friday afternoons, never let this happen on school property. Seeing your former spouse might cause an uproar if the two of you do not get along. Even if you do get along, issues can arise that can cause a fight. Avoid this at all costs.

New marijuana law takes effect in Atlanta

A new marijuana law has taken effect in Atlanta, Georgia, recently and many believe that there are some areas of concern even though the law itself is quite clear. The new law reduces possession of less than an ounce of marijuana to a simple fine that does not come with a criminal conviction or jail time.

With the passage of the new law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana has been decriminalized. Offenders will now face a fine of $75 and will not have to spend time in jail. They also will not have a criminal conviction on their record. Community service will not have to be served either if found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. With all of the changes, you will have to do less for this crime than when hit with a speeding ticket.

Georgia shoplifting laws create harsh penalties for theft

Many people see shoplifting as a victimless crime. They walk into a retail establishment, hide something or change out price tags, and then leave the store. Sometimes they pay a fraction of the actual price of the item. Other times, they don't pay anything. The retailer has to factor this kind of loss or shrink into one's overhead, effectively passing the price of stolen goods on to consumers.

In extreme cases, where a store has faced regular and expensive shoplifting, businesses may have to invest heavily in security personal and equipment. In other cases, businesses could end up destroyed by accumulating petty thefts. Everyone involved with a business suffers when it closes, which is why the criminal justice system in Georgia takes shoplifting offenses seriously. Those accused of shoplifting could face criminal penalties, in addition to gaining a criminal record.

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