Cumming Criminal Defense Law Blog

Can teens face drug charges in accidental overdose cases?

It is likely that many Georgia residents are unaware of how easy it is for teens to get their hands on drugs they should not have. It is even more likely that they do not know these same children, who are getting them from their parent's cupboards and sharing them with their children, may be charged as drug dealers, even if they are not selling the drugs but giving them away.

There is no doubt that there is a drug problem in the country. Marijuana and alcohol remain the drugs of choice of teens across the country, but prescription drugs are becoming more and more popular. This is worrisome, because prescription drugs are a lot more powerful and addictive.

Violating a domestic violence protective order in Georgia

Domestic disputes can sometimes rise to the degree where a person is accused of violence in the home. When this happens, and there is a domestic violence arrest, it is likely that a family violence order will be issued. This is done to provide protection to the victims and keep the person who is accused of committing the violent acts away from the family.

With this order, there are certain acts under the law that the person cannot commit or there will be a violation of the order. If a criminal violence order is issued, it means that it is necessary for a pretrial release of the alleged abuser after being arrested for domestic violence. Or, it is issued as part of probation after a guilty plea, a conviction, nolo contendere or a first offense of domestic violence.

Couple faces multiple drug charges and more after fleeing police

Drug charges are serious in Georgia, and those who are placed under arrest for drug-related offenses often compound those allegations by fleeing law enforcement and having weapons.

Although the penalties for convictions on these criminal acts are severe, that does not mean that the person or persons charged have no avenue to formulate a strong defense. Before doing or saying anything to make the situation worse, it is important to consult with a criminal defense attorney.

Couple accused of stealing funds from charity organization

Many Forsyth County residents give to charities every year because they believe in their ability to help make the community a better place to live. Most of the time these charities do good work and use the funds they raise properly. However, sometimes people who lead charities are accused of illegally using the money they raised for themselves.

A prominent Forsyth County couple was recently arrested and face multiple charges relating to alleged theft from a charity they once managed.

Man faces DUI charges and more after passing bus and hitting kids

Drivers in Forsyth County and across Georgia can face severe charges if they are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, particularly if there is an accident involved.

By way of example, a 19-year-old man is facing a litany of charges after an accident in which he allegedly drove around a school bus and onto the sidewalk, hitting three people, including two kids. The incident happened at around 8 a.m., as the driver allegedly did not stop behind a school bus that had its lights flashing and the stop arm activated.

Has your teen been arrested? Know your rights

Cumming area residents who have teenagers understand how much stress their children can cause them. Teenagers don't always make the best decisions and can get themselves over their head at times. Parents who have a teenager who has been arrested should understand that their teen has legal rights.

When a teen has made some bad choices that result in his arrest, parents are usually horrified. This is a situation in which parents really wish they didn't have to be. Despite a teen having the best parents, these arrests may happen. If a teen finds themselves in a situation where they are going to be arrested, they need to not resist the arrest. They should also decline to answer any questions until they have a lawyer present and they should only discuss the case with their attorney. They should also not post anything about the situation on social media.

Contract workers for film arrested on drug charges in Cumming

In Cumming and throughout Georgia, there are many film projects that use the local sights as a setting. This is a positive for the state as it provides jobs and brings much-needed income for various entities. Unfortunately, though, one such project ended early for some of those working on it due to criminal charges.

Workers for a catering service on the set of a movie were arrested at a local high school. They are accused of possessing significant amounts of methamphetamine in their vehicle. The drugs were found by a K9 unit. The local sheriff's office stated they received information from a separate law enforcement entity that the workers might have drugs.

Study of breath tests could call DUI arrests into question

Being arrested for driving under the influence in Georgia can result in myriad problems. With a conviction, there can be a driver's license suspension, jail time, fines and the need to place an ignition interlock device on the vehicle. In addition, people who have a DUI on their record might face various aftereffects such as increased insurance rates and problems getting certain jobs.

Obviously, it is never advisable to get behind the wheel after drinking. However, a new report is calling into question one of the main tenets law enforcement and prosecutors use to secure convictions: breath tests.

Was your teen caught with 'study' drugs?

Is your teen hoping to get into a certain college? Does he or she feel pressure to perform well academically? If so, your teen could have decided to use "study" drugs in an effort to focus better, stay awake longer to study and get better grades.

The problem is that these study drugs have serious side effects that could harm your child's health. In addition, if caught with them, it could also lead to criminal charges, suspension or expulsion from school, and the derailment of his or her future. You will need to take swift action in order to mitigate any adverse consequences your teen could face that put his or her future in jeopardy.

What teens need to know about sexting

As parents know, sometimes their children do not engage in the best behavior. Teens are constantly testing boundaries and making less than ideal decisions. Most of the time these decisions will not affect them for the rest of their lives, but that's not always the case. Sexting is one situation that can lead to a teenager facing criminal charges.

Many teenagers spend hours on their phone each day, making it hard for their parents to monitor everything they are doing. Teens can sometimes engage in activity that is not only lewd, it can also be illegal. Sexting, sending suggestive or nude photos to others, is a relatively new phenomenon that many teenagers are engaging in. Because teenagers are considered children, when they send nude photos of themselves it can result in child pornography charges. These charges are serious and may even be a felony depending on age and the intent of the text or electronic communication.

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