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Armed Robbery in Atlanta/Fulton County, Georgia

By: Mary Agramonte             Armed Robbery occurs when someone takes property from someone by use of a weapon, device, or a replica weapon. It is treated seriously under Georgia law in that it is a “capital felony.” A capital felony is a crime that is punishable by life or death in the State of Georgia. […]

Recidivist Statute and Three Strikes Rule in Georgia Criminal Law

A felony conviction has serious consequences. Punishment for a felony offense typically includes prison time, probation, fines, loss of constitutional rights and privileges, and a lifelong blemish on the person’s criminal record. Not only does a felony conviction impact the person’s ability to obtain employment and housing, but, under O.C.G.A. § 17-10-7, a prior felony […]

How is Marijuana Tested in Georgia in the Age of Legalized Hemp?

In 2018, President Trump enacted a Farm bill which allowed for farmers to begin manufacturing hemp from the cannabis plant for certain products in the United States. Hemp is indistinguishable from marijuana based on appearance, smell, and traditional police field testing measures. Legal hemp is any part of the cannabis plant that has less than […]

Harassing Communications in Georgia

by Mary Agramonte         The State of Georgia has criminalized the offense of making harassing communications to another. There are several different acts that fall under this statute, codified at O.C.G.A. § 16-11-39.1. From phone contact to text messages to a multitude of other social media apps, it is unlawful to make harassing communications to another […]