Drug Trafficking in Georgia

Trafficking in drugs occurs when a person possesses, sells, purchases or manufactures controlled substances in excess of a certain weight as set forth by statute. Some drugs require a great deal more weight to reach trafficking amounts than others. For example, trafficking in marijuana requires a minimum weight of 10 pounds (previously it was 50 pounds, which we can all… read more →


Preliminary Hearings (‘Prelims’ for short) are typically the second time a defendant appears before a judge after his arrest. The first hearing (called a First Appearance Hearing) is for the purpose of telling the defendant what his charges are, providing information about the process and his rights, and for appointing an attorney to represent him if he can’t afford one.… read more →

Aggravated Battery versus Battery: What’s the Difference?

O.C.G.A.§16-5-24 defines Aggravated Battery as when a person maliciously causes bodily harm to another by depriving him/her of a part of their body, rendering a part of their body useless or by seriously disfiguring the person or a part of their body.  Battery, on the other hand, is defined as when a person causes ‘substantial’ physical or visible bodily harm… read more →

Aggravated Assault versus Simple Assault

Georgia law defines which acts of violence constitute Simple Assault (which is a misdemeanor) or Aggravated Assault (which is a felony). O.C.G.A. §16-5-20 defines Simple Assault as either an attempt to commit a violent injury on another or an act which places another person in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury. Trying to punch someone is a classic… read more →
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