Posts by: jmdaniels

The Police Want To Ask Me Questions – What Do I Do?

Over the years, I have had numerous clients approach me after they have been questioned by authorities and asked me whether they should have talked to them or not. The simplest answer is 'no' especially if you have any reason to believe they are questioning you because they believe you have committed a crime. SIMPLE QUESTIONS CAN LEAD TO AN… read more →

Guilty Verdicts and Appeals

Criminal jury trials are intensely stressful for the Defendant and his/her family. Knowing your fate is in the hands of six or twelve total strangers is nerve racking. Once it reaches the trial stage there isn’t much left to be done by the Defendant or his family.  All that is left is hoping and praying that the defense lawyer is… read more →

Arraignment: What It Means

After formal charges have been brought against a criminal defendant (either by indictment or accusation), the case will be scheduled for arraignment. I often receive calls asking what on earth an arraignment is and what the defendant and his/her family should expect to occur at the hearing. As I tell all my clients, an arraignment is nothing to be feared.… read more →


Every day scores of people across Georgia get arrested for possessing some type of illegal drug. So what are your options if you are guilty of possessing something and you don’t have a good defense (i.e. you don’t have a viable basis for a Motion to Suppress). PLEAD GUILTY BUT WITH NO CONVICTION ON YOUR RECORD One excellent option is… read more →

Preliminary Hearings

The purpose of a preliminary hearing is for a magistrate court judge to determine whether there is sufficient probable cause to support the warrant against the defendant. The State has the burden of proving that there was, in fact, probable cause for the arrest of the defendant. Typically, evidence is presented through a witness (usually the arresting officer or case detective) regarding the… read more →

Arrest Warrants

As with stories, there are two sides to arrest warrants: the side of the person or institute seeking the warrant and the side of the person who is going to be arrested. Arrest warrants are issued by magistrate court judges after probable cause has been shown that a crime was committed. Many arrests happen without a warrant being obtained first.… read more →


According to the Drug Policy Alliance, 1.55 million people in the United States were arrested on non-violent drug charges in 2012. This country spends over $51 billion dollars annually in its so-called war on drugs. With the recent increase in opioid addiction along with the usual suspects in the drug arena (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana) it’s not surprising that… read more →


According to recent records, over 12 million people were arrested in the United States in 2011; that equals one out of every 25 people. It’s easy to think ‘that can’t happen to me’ but the reality is that it could happen to anyone. During my years of practice I’ve seen many people who fit the bill as law-abiding, upstanding citizens… read more →

Success at Jennifer M. Daniels, P.C.

Dismissal of Drug and Gun Charges We have had a great couple of weeks at Jennifer M. Daniels, P.C. with success in two criminal cases. The first involved drug and weapons charges in Walton County. The client, who had a criminal history, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act… read more →

The Criminalization of Stupid Behavior

Some of you may be old enough to remember when getting caught putting firecrackers in the neighbor’s mailbox as a prank would get you grounded for a month and perhaps earn you a trip to the woodshed if your parents were into corporal punishment. In today’s society, if your teenager engages in such activity, he’s likely to be arrested and… read more →
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