By Philip Olsen  People sometimes ask why I work in criminal defense. Why, the question goes, would you choose to represent people you are almost sure are guilty? My answer always comes easily. I remember exactly when I realized criminal defense was right for me. One day in criminal law class at Emory, my professor…

Points System:  The Department of Driver Services (DDS) point system ranges from 2 to 6 points depending on the type of citation issued. A driver who accumulates 15 points in a 24 month period will automatically have their driver license suspended. The most common citations are for speeding violations. There are two instances in which…

Scenario: You are suspected to have some involvement in a criminal investigation. A police detective calls or confronts you to obtain information about the incident; they just want to talk. What is on the line when you talk to the police? A police detective wants you to tell him everything you know. The problem for…

Why should you be concerned about your criminal record? A criminal record can negatively affect many aspects of your life such as employment opportunities, buying a home, adopting a child, voting rights, immigration status, licensing and many more. 1 in 3 people in the State of Georgia have a criminal record and 1 in 13…

Getting stopped by the police, whether it is for a speeding ticket, suspicion of DUI, or even more serious matters, is a stressful event. Although such situations can be unnerving, it is important to remember that you have rights that you may exercise. When you are taken into custody (i.e.: arrested) by law enforcement, law enforcement…

The State of Georgia imposes very specific restrictions on high school and college students who are charged with drug related crimes and their eligibility to receive financial aid (e.g., HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grants, the HOPE Teacher Scholarship Loan, and the PROMISE Teacher Scholarship Loan). How Drug Convictions Affect State Financial Aid While Georgia law specifically…

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