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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 →

When Do the Police Have to Read You Your Rights?

Over the years, I have discovered that there is a great deal of confusion regarding when the police are required to advise a person of their Miranda (or Constitutional) rights before speaking with them.  There seems to be a general belief amongst non-lawyers that before the police ever talk to you (other than during a traffic stop) they must advise… read more →

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 →
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