The Georgia Governor’s Officeawarded a $1.8 million H.E.A.T. grant to the GSP

The grant will allow the state patrol to continue its Nighthawks Georgia State Patrol DUI Task Force – a group of state troopers who have received specialized DUI enforcement training – and its Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Program, the state patrol said. H.E.A.T. is an acronym for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic and aims to […]

Police cannot prolong a traffic stop without more than a hunch

In Dominguez, deputies stopped a car driven by Dominguez after they observed him fail to properly signal a right turn.Dominquez appeared nervous when he gave his driver’s license to the deputies.The deputies had Dominguez exit his car.The deputies asked did he have any drugs or weapons on his person.Dominguez said that he did not have […]

Forced Blood Draws

Georgia State Patrol Night Hawks Division has gone to a new system in Fulton County. If you refuse to take a breath test at the jail on the Intoxilyzer 5000, the trooper will seek a telephonic warrant with a magistrate judge to force you to give the State a sample of your blood. If the […]

Must charge accident to jury

OGILVIE v. STATE Shirley Ogilvie appealed her convictions of vehicular homicide in the second degree (OCGA § 40-6-393(c)) and failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk (OCGA § 40-6-91(a)). Shirley argued the trial court erred by declining to give Ogilvie’s requested charge on accident. The trial court failed to explain to the jury […]

Cannot search car post arrest

BOYKINS v. STATE – Following trial, Reginald Boykins was convicted of possession of cocaine and sentenced to four years imprisonment. He appealed his conviction and the denial of his motion to suppress drug evidence seized from his vehicle to the Court of Appeals, arguing that the vehicle search violated his Fourth Amendment rights under the […]