This blog serves to explore this fundamental question: Who can be charged with a criminal offense? The Offense O.C.G.A. § 16-2-20(a) provides, every person “concerned in the commission of a crime” is a party thereto and may be charged with and convicted of commission of the crime. What does it mean to be “concerned in […]
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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. This blog lays […]
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. […]
Regardless of the severity, answering to criminal charges in court can be a intimidating. Imagine yourself in the courtroom. The judge calls your name, reads your charge(s) aloud to the entire room, and asks you how you plead. “Guilty, not guilty, or nolo?” the judge says. You might think to yourself, ‘I have no idea; […]
You may have received a traffic citation, or a citation for misdemeanor possession of marijuana or theft by shoplifting. The officer may have released you on citation instead of taking you to a local detention facility for arrest. This doesn’t mean your case should be ignored, or is not a big deal, now. Cases are […]
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 […]
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 […]
There are several laws in Georgia intended to protect property in the interest of human life and safety. This blog article serves to explore the nature of these offenses and discuss the possible punishment if convicted. Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree O.C.G.A. § 16-7-22 defines the offense as when a person: […]
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 […]
Georgia has several laws dealing with the theft of motor vehicles. This article serves to explain the nature of the offenses, possible punishment if convicted, and defenses to such charges. Carjacking Under O.C.G.A. § 16-5-44.1, a person commits the offense of vehicle hijacking when they take a car from another person by force and violence […]