Blog November 1, 2015

Why Did Police Officers Seize My Car/Truck/TV??

Georgia has some of the harshest civil forfeiture laws in the nation. If you get arrested and charged with crimes related to contraband, officers may seize and KEEP your property, like your car, truck, TV, and even your computer and gaming console, if they believe that your property (1) was used to facilitate drug transactions or […]

Blog October 29, 2015

Exceptional Service Is My Goal

From our initial meeting until the matter has concluded, my clients should expect to receive exceptional service.  My staff and I are certainly capable of providing exceptional service, so why should a client expect any less from us?  As long as my client has realistic expectations about the nature and scope of services my staff […]

Blog June 21, 2015

6 Things You Should Expect From Your Lawyer

GOOD COMMUNICATION Lawyers are communicators.  Lawyers communicate with clients, judges, other lawyers, clerks, and other non-lawyers.  Every lawyer has a basic ability to communicate, at least in writing, else they wouldn’t have passed the Bar exam.  Good communication means prompt communication, thorough communication, relevant communication, succinct communication, and most of all, meaningful communication. Rule 1.4 […]

Blog June 3, 2015

Courtroom Etiquette

The courtroom is a formal, solemn place where very serious proceedings take place.  The dignity of the court must be respected and maintained at all times.  People who appear in court must observe rules of etiquette and other conventions of orderly, courteous, and respectful behavior.  And, you want to make a good impression in court. […]

Blog June 3, 2015

Is There a Difference Between Bail and Bond?

If you’re sitting in jail, you probably don’t care whether it’s called bail or bond or strawberry pie, as long as you get out of jail.  But, when you’re trying to explain to your mom or your roommate what needs to be done to get you out of jail, it may help to know the […]

Blog April 16, 2015

The Wonders of Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested

Sometimes you need legal advice.  Other times, you just need some practical, real world advice to help you avoid the need for legal advice.  One of those times is when you need to prove not just that you mailed something to someone, but that the person actually, physically received the thing you mailed to him […]

Blog April 8, 2015

Can I Get a Second Opinion?

Yes.  You can get a second, or third, or fourth, or more opinions from as many lawyers as you want, EVEN IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A LAWYER.  If you have a lawyer, you can go talk to a different lawyer in a different firm about your case.  There is no law or Georgia State Bar rule […]

Blog April 7, 2015

What Is Probation?

Depending on the nature of the offense and other factors, a criminal sentence (punishment) may include a period of probation, an alternative to incarceration. Let’s say the defendant is arrested and charged with shoplifting. The defendant, Suzy Shoplifter, has no prior arrests. After reviewing the evidence, Suzy decides that any reasonable judge or jury would […]

Blog March 5, 2015

When Is the Next Court Date?

A lot of folks trying to navigate the criminal justice system for the first time seem to have a hard time coming to grips with the time intervals between stages in the process.  More often than not, defendants and their families enter a criminal case with unrealistic expectations that the case will be concluded in […]

Blog January 6, 2015

Courtroom Attire for Males

COURTROOM ATTIRE IS IMPORTANT! Most court dress codes are strict, intending to keep order and protect the safety of attendees.  They are also designed to match the level of respect one should grant the justice system.  And, because judges are the arbiters of that respect, they also have the right to enforce the dress code–with […]