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…

Basic Rules of Court Conduct  The courtroom is a place of conservative structure and order. You should, at all times, act humble and well-mannered when in the presence of the Judge, court staff, attorneys, court officers and other persons attending court. If you have been ordered to appear in court, it is imperative to understand…

Persons charged with a criminal offense must understand the difference between pleading Nolo Contendere and pleading Guilty.Nolo Contendere Plea Nolo Contendere is a Latin legal term which means, “I do not wish to contend.” A Nolo contendere plea is also referred to as a plea of No Contest. In criminal trials entering a plea of Nolo Contendere…

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