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Know what to do if you're accused of domestic violence

If someone fears for their life or the lives of those around them due to abuse or threats of abuse from a partner or spouse, then they can seek out a domestic violence restraining order. A domestic violence restraining order, also known as a protective order, is a legal order that tells a person what they can or cannot do.

For example, the order may state that your spouse needs to stay 500 feet away from you at all times or that you must stay away from your partner (if you are the defendant). If you are ordered to stay away from an alleged victim, it's essential that you do so, even if you believe there is a misunderstanding.

Collateral consequences of drug convictions vary greatly

Being convicted of a drug crime starts a chain reaction of sorts that can impact your life for the long term. One of the considerations of these convictions is what type of charge the person was convicted of. Typically, you will face more serious impacts if you are convicted of a felony than you would for a misdemeanor. This is one reason why some defendants choose to pursue a plea deal that involves a reduction in the severity of the charge.

The collateral consequences of a drug conviction depend on your circumstances. For some individuals, the effects are minimal, but there are cases in which they are much more serious.

Harsh heroin laws require careful defense planning

The laws in Georgia take a very harsh stance against opioid drugs, including heroin. The current heroin crisis in this country can't be ignored and Georgia is attempting to do its part to help clean up the issue. Unfortunately, this effort is coming in the form of severe punishments in the criminal justice system. It does little to address the underlying addiction that is often at the heart of the matter.

If you are facing criminal charges related to heroin, you must work on your defense early so that you can address the necessary ramifications. Trying to ignore the case or pushing off starting on your strategy might mean that you are going into hearings unprepared. When you think about the consequences you are facing, you can see why working hard on the defense is imperative.

Breaking a restraining order in Georgia

If you got into an argument with your romantic partner or spouse and the police were called, you may have received a temporary restraining order. This protects a person for a short time period while an investigation takes place. The investigation will be conducted to find out what actually happened during the argument and whether any crimes were committed.

In the state of Georgia, there are two main types of restraining orders. These are Temporary Ex Parte Orders and Family Violence Protection Orders. If a person is given a Temporary Ex Parte Order, it means that they must avoid having any type of contact with the protected person for 30 days or until the next court hearing occurs. If a person is given a Family Violence Protection Order, this is a more permanent restraining order that has an extended time limit.

How to defend against a false domestic violence charge

Domestic violence is an age-old problem that humanity has dealt with, and tried to overcome, for centuries. These days, the rules of society protect family members from becoming the victims of domestic violence by offering them swift and immediate protection from police and law enforcement whenever problem surfaces.

Just like any force of progress, however, there is a downside to strict domestic violence laws. This downside relates to the fact that any family member can cause serious problems for another family member by falsely accusing him or her of domestic violence. Fortunately, those who have been falsely accused will -- at the very least -- have the opportunity to defend themselves.

Defending yourself against an assault charge

If you have been accused of assaulting a person in the state of Georgia, you may face time in jail and you will need to defend yourself. Everyone has the right to defend themselves, and this provides a great opportunity for people to tell their side of the story and explain why the charges made against them are wrong or misconstrued.

It is important that you take your time to establish a strong defense in order to minimize your charges or have them dismissed completely. There are many different ways to defend yourself from a crime. In many cases, you may want to make the claim that you did not commit the act and provide evidence to support this. Alternatively, you might want to give legitimate reasons for why you acted as you did.

What happens if you're caught in possession of cocaine?

Despite its reputation as something of a party drug, cocaine is also commonly used by people in professional circles. The boost of energy and focus it provides can help someone conquer a heavy workload and still make it home in time for dinner. Of course, the drug is also quite expensive, creates some medical risk and can be very addictive. Cocaine is not legal for the public to use because of the potential for abuse and the health risks abuse could cause.

The illegal status of cocaine does not deter people from using the drug, either at parties, in their own homes or in a professional setting. However, every single person who uses cocaine is at risk of getting caught by law enforcement. If police catch you in possession of cocaine, you may end up facing serious criminal charges related to the possession of this controlled substance.

Synthetic marijuana is illegal, even if you buy it at a store

For years, a semi-legal market for synthetic substitute drugs thrived in the United States, including here in Georgia. There were a whole range of products, from pills called Molly intended to duplicate the effects of MDMA to bath salts which gave a stimulating high similar to that of meth or cocaine. These drugs were almost all created using so-called "research chemicals" imported from China. Labeled as not for human consumption, they were sold to people who clearly intended to consume them.

Herbal incenses, also called synthetic marijuana, K2, Spice or other brand names, were certainly one of the most popular synthetic drugs around the country. While very few locations still sell "watch cleaner," "plant feeder pills" or Flakka to people, plenty of convenience stores and gas stations still stock herbal incense brands. Smoking these items is a crime at both the state and federal level, just like possession of actual marijuana.

Has your prescription drug addiction lead to criminal charges?

For many people, opioid, opiate and even heroin addiction start with an illness or injury. One day, something happens that causes serious pain. It could be a car accident or joint replacement surgery. Whatever the reason, you seek out medical care. Your doctor, in turn, provides you with a prescription for very strong and highly addictive painkillers. When your underlying condition improves, your prescription ends. Unfortunately, your dependence on the medication does not.

In order to maintain a basic quality of life and stave off the terrible symptoms of withdrawal, you find yourself talking to a co-worker, friend or neighbor about his or her unused medication. You start buying pills from people, sometimes for incredibly marked-up prices, to keep yourself healthy and functioning. It doesn't seem like a big deal, until law enforcement finds the pills in your possession.

Marijuana offenses in Georgia can result in serious jail time

More and more states are legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. Unfortunately for those who enjoy the plant in Georgia, the Peach State isn't one of them. While the state has enacted and expanded a medical marijuana program for those with serious medical conditions, the average citizen cannot own, use or grow marijuana legally.

Combine that with the fact that social stigma around marijuana has decreased substantially in recent years, and you have a perfect recipe for a large number of non-violent criminal offenders to enter the Georgia criminal justice system.

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