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The Dangers of Social Media

Posted by Ryan Brown | Jan 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have seen prosecutors use all kinds of information gathered from social media against folks in court. Facebook message threads (talking about buying drugs), Instagram pictures (of drugs and marijuana), Snapchat videos (of alleged gang activity), TikTok videos showing alleged gang sings are all just a few examples of things that can be used against someone in court.

Getting a Speedy Trial in Georgia

Posted by Ryan Brown | Nov 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are two ways to demand a speedy trial in Georgia. There is a Constitutional speedy trial demand and a statutory speedy trial demand. One of them comes from rights given to you by the Constitution and the other comes from a law passed by the Georgia legislature giving you the right to demand...

How Can I be Prosecuted if the State has No Evidence?

Posted by Ryan Brown | Nov 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Different Ways for Arrest to Occur Warrantless Arrest - Under certain situations cops can make arrests without a warrant. They are allowed to make arrests if an alleged offense is committed in the officer's presence or within the officers' immediate knowledge, or if the alleged offender is trying to escape, or if the officer believes that an act of family violence occurred, or "for other cause there is likely to be failure of justice of want of a judicial officer to issue a warrant. So, the sad reality is that cops can essentially arrest anyone, at any time, for anything without a warrant if they are willing to sign their name to an affidavit saying it happened. Warrant for Arrest - A lot of times officers do get a warrant for someone's arrest. This happens when an officer goes to a judge and explains to them their side of the story as to what happened (of course we don't get to go and present our side). Once that arrest warrant is issued the warrant will be placed into a system maintained by the GBI and eventually you will be arrested on that warrant. Grand Jury Indicts - Sometimes, often in serious cases, there will be no warrant issued until a grand jury considers a case. More on grand juries here. When a grand jury finds probable cause, and they almost always do because, once again, we can't go and present our side of the story. A judge will sign an arrest order that orders you be arrested.

Why Do Some Cases Need to Be Tried?

Posted by Ryan Brown | Nov 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Trial? Many folks, lawyers and the accused alike, are terrified of the T word - trial. But, some cases simply need to be tried. The criminal process is complicated, but it can be boiled down to a simple process. First, charges are filed. After that, there are essentially three options. 1) The ca...

Tekashi 6ix9ine

Posted by Ryan Brown | Sep 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tekashi 6ix9ine,  whose real name Daniel Hernandez,  rose to fame in 2017 after releasing "Gummo." He quickly found fame and money.  He then found himself the subject of state prosecutions and eventually a federal prosecution. He was accused of being a gangsta, then he renounced his gang affiliat...

Classifying Your Encounters with Police

Posted by Ryan Brown | Sep 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Georgia recognizes three tiers of encounters between cops and civilian people. 1) Consensual Encounters; 2) Investigatory Stops; and 3) Arrests. As you step up the tiers the burden on the government increases to justify the encounter. 

Do I Have to Give My Cell Phone Passcode to the Police?

Posted by Ryan Brown | Sep 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

First of all, this is a great question. The only advice I will give is that if the police are trying to get your phone's passcoe then you need to call your lawyer. If you don't have a lawyer, then you need to get one.  This question is not easy to answer, but the answer is probably a typical leg...

Why You Shouldn't Eat your Weed.

Posted by Ryan Brown | Sep 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Eating weed will almost always make your situation worse. We can think of two reasons you should not eat your weed. In both situations, eating your weed will almost always make your situation worse. 1. Marijuana Edibles are a Felony That's right. When you take a misdemeanor amount of marijuana ...

What is a Behavioral Incentive Date?

Posted by Ryan Brown | Aug 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

A behavioral incentive date is a useful tool for some folks who are pleading guilty to ensure they are not subject to lengthy probation sentences. It allows for a sentence to terminate early if the defendant is in compliance with all of the terms of their probation.

What is Felony Arraignment in Georgia?

Posted by Ryan Brown | Jul 28, 2019 | 1 Comment

Following an arrest and formal charge, via indictment or accusation, you will receive an arraignment notice in the mail. This notice will provide you with the date for your first formal court appearance on your charges. An arraignment is useful for several reasons.

How Many Points Will I Get on My License?

Posted by Ryan Brown | Jul 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

We oftentimes receive phone calls from folks who have been cited for a traffic citation. The first questions that we are typically asked is, "how many points will I get on my license." Points are generally only assessed when a conviction for said traffic offense occurs. It is important, however,...

HOW DO I GET OFF THE GEORGIA SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY?

Posted by Ryan Brown | Jul 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

On May 20, 2010, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed HB 571 into law. That legislation made important changes to the law governing sex offender registration. Included in these changes is a provision that permits certain individuals who were convicted of a sexual offense in the past to be removed from the registry.

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