Criminal Defense Blog

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 | 0 Comments

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,...


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.

What is Brady Material? What Happens if Brady is Violated?

Posted by Ryan Brown | May 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

When a Brady violation is discovered, and proven, during the course of a trial, then the judge will grant a mistrial. This is the scenario that played out in Carroll County Superior Court this week where a former Georgia State Trooper was on trial for a car crash that cost the lives of two young girls.

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