No one is perfect. With few exceptions, one bad choice in a young adult’s life should not ruin her future. One night of indiscretion should not haunt a person for the rest of her life.
If you are currently enrolled at Georgia Southern University, call (912) 764-7388 now to schedule an appointment with me in the Russell Union or at my office at 34 Courtland Street, Statesboro, Georgia.
I’m available in the Russell Union every semester on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. by appointment. Otherwise, I’m available to meet with you in my office, your home, or the hospital by appointment. I will come to you if that is more convenient.
Being the father of two incredibly bright young adults, I understand the many challenges facing our youth and parents alike. I understand the anxiety, worry, and heartache that legal matters, especially criminal charges, bring to a family. I have looked into the eyes of countless parents who felt like their whole world had just collapsed beneath their feet. I have seen on their faces sheer and utter helplessness as they struggle to process what has happened to their child, why it happened, and what they did wrong.
Sometimes, young people make incredibly stupid choices and do incredibly stupid things. I don’t claim to know why that is so. I’m not sure anyone knows. Based on my non-scientific experience with thousands of young adults, and based on various articles and publications from respected professionals, it seems that the answer may lie in the physical structure of the brain itself. I am not a neurologist or psychiatrist or brain specialist, but from what I can determine, there is a part of the brain that is responsible for judgment and reason. Apparently, it takes about 24-25 years for that particular part of the brain to finish growing. Until the age of 24-25, the person simply lacks the completed part of the brain that will enable the formation and exercise of what we call “good judgement.” An 18-23 year old person who, on the outside, looks more like an adult than a child, has a brain that is still growing. As much as a young adult may want and intend to formulate and exercise good judgement, her incomplete brain simply does not have the capacity for her to do so. The good news is that the part of her brain responsible for formulating and exercising good judgement will continue to grow and will mature. It’s just those challenging years between 18 and 25 that leave many parents scratching their heads and asking “Why did she do something like that?? We did not raise her to do such things!”
I have represented clients in hundreds of civil and criminal hearings, jury trials, and bench trials in Magistrate, Municipal, State, Superior, and Federal courts around the State. I have represented clients charged with many different crimes, including but not limited to the ones listed below.
Possession of marijuana
Possession of Schedule 1 controlled substance
Possession of Schedule II controlled substance
Possession of Schedule III controlled substance
Possession of alcohol by a person under 21
Possession with intent to distribute marijuana and other controlled substances
Sale of marijuana and other controlled substances
Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime
After their free consultation, many students decide to hire me to represent them. In fact, GSU students wrote many of the reviews on this website.
I want my clients to be able to communicate with me. That is why my clients are able to call me at this office or on my cell phone, to send me e-mail, to send me faxes, or to send me mail via the U.S. Postal Service.
If a client calls and I do not answer the phone, I return the call within 24 hours. One of my pet peeves is a lawyer or other professional who does not return calls in a timely manner. I work very hard not to be that kind of lawyer.
If you need my help in a case, payment options include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and PayPal for attorney’s fees and expenses in cases that may not be handled for a contingent fee. A contingent fee generally means if there is no monetary recovery, the client is not responsible for paying any attorney’s fee. Most automobile accident and other personal injury/accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. “No recovery, no fee” refers only to fees charged by the attorney. Such contingent fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.