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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: How long are you allowed to use hand turn signals in Georgia?
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

OCGA 40-6-124(a) says you can use hand and arm signals or signal lights. However, if you are on a highway, larger vehicles as described must use lights. Specifically, OCGA 40-6-124(b) requires them

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Georgia on
Q: can a judge deny dismissal of your case even though the warrant was served illegally "NO NO KNOCK WARRANT)?

I filed a motion to dismiss my case and suppress the evidence because the warrant was served illegally because the officers did not have a "No knock" warrant thus making the search illegal. The judge denied my motion to suppress and denied the dismissal of my case.

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answered on Apr 5, 2024

It sounds like from what you described that the police did have a valid warrant, but that it was executed without knocking. It's really not possible for an attorney to figure out what exactly happened here without more information. There may have been circumstances that allowed the police to... View More

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Q: If it is first time in trouble and get a trafficking charge of Meth does Ga offer rehabilitation instead of prison?
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answered on Mar 31, 2024

Trafficking in methamphetamine carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence. That means the judge must sentence the person convicted to serve at least a certain amount of time, depending on the amount of methamphetamine. The minimum starts at 10 years, and goes up to 25 years.

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Q: I have an uber blue sign on my dashboard and last night got a ticket, 40-8-90 can I fight this ticket?

I have also a picture with my uber blue sign if needed

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

Georgia law says you can't have blue lights on your vehicle unless you have authorization from the state. There is no "Uber driver" exception. You can go to court and talk to the prosecutor about it, and perhaps they would reduce or dismiss the ticket, but technically it's... View More

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Q: Can I fight ticket for No valid Tag Registration by using Right to Travel for personal use NOT Commercial use?

Received a ticket and want to use my Right to travel without paying a fine.

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

No. Those sovereign-citizen videos are worthless. You have a constitutional right to travel-you do NOT have a right to travel in a motorized vehicle on the public roadways without having a valid license, registration and proof of insurance. Most courts these days are wise to the sov-cit script,... View More

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Q: How do I fine out who and what car they were driving when they got a speeding with my license they was goin 90 in a 40..

And why didn't the person that stold my license go to jail that night goin 90 in a 40..how can I get this fixed

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answered on Feb 27, 2024

You can go the the court and request a copy of the citation from the clerk's office. That will have the made, model and license plate of the car that was stopped. Going 90 in 40 could end up getting someone arrested-but it's not required, and that decision would likely be up the officer... View More

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Q: Buddy of mine admitted guilt while under the influence. Does this still hold up or can he argue that he was too impaired

He was charged with minor consumption and public disturbance charges.

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answered on Feb 26, 2024

I'm not sure that "I was under the influence when I admitted guilt" is a winning defense for a "minor under the influence" or a "public disturbance" charge. If you're arguing that you are too intoxicated to be believed at the time you made the confession-why... View More

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Q: I got pulled over for going 95 in a 70 mph zone in Georgia. Since I’m under 21, does this constitute license suspension?
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answered on Feb 19, 2024

Exceeding the speed limit by 25 miles an hour carries 4 points, and unfortunately, any conviction for an offense that carries 4 points or more is an automatic suspension license for an under-21 driver.

You should consider contacting and retaining an experienced attorney, who may be able...
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Q: What do I do if I have an active warrant status on a misdemeanor probation violation?

Been on probation for 11 months. Less than a month left.

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answered on Feb 18, 2024

If your probation officer filed what is called a "tolling affidavit," your probation will not expire in a month. Rather, it has been placed "on hold" and that warrant will stay active until you turn yourself in or get caught. People never seem to get caught at a convenient... View More

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Q: Failure to return a uhaul truck on time (3 weeks late) is that theft by conversion, or breach of contract?
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answered on Feb 15, 2024

It could be either, depending on the facts and circumstances of the rental and why it wasn't returned. It would be up to the attorneys on both sides (and perhaps, ultimately-a fact-finding jury or judge at trial) to determine whether there was any criminal intent behind the failure to return... View More

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Q: Hello i am aplying to law school and just found out for a traffic offense i have a failure to appear. How do i address?

I am a current law school application that just found out I have an open case for 2020 traffic offense. And I’m now trying to address in my social conduct statement for schools regarding my character and fitness

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answered on Feb 3, 2024

Contact the clerk of court for where the failure to appear is and ask how you can resolve the failure to appear. And then get it done ASAP! Sometimes you can just pay it off, although you may have to make an appearance to get it set aside-depending on the judge and/or the court's local rules.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: If I was arrested in Gwinnett county and I checked In with a cell phone the officers asked me my screen lock and

Searched my phone and then once bailed it was not returned to me nor was any warrant issued. Wouldn’t that be theft?

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

It sounds more like the police believe there is evidence of a crime on your phone, and they are holding it to potentially use it against you (or another) for that reason in court. Unless the prosecutors make a motion to forfeit the phone-it should be returned to you at the conclusion of your case.... View More

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Q: I'm waiting to be sentenced but my attorney filed a rule nisi does that mean the judge approved the motion for new trial
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answered on Jan 8, 2024

A rule NISI filed by your attorney is a basically a request where your attorney (in this case, who filed it) is asking for a hearing on whatever motion accompanied the rule NISI (a motion for new trial, in this case.) If the judge set a date for it-that just means that a hearing has been... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: What misdemeanors/ citations get sent in the mail?

I had gotten a citation for going over the speed limit on a school zone in the mail. I just wanted to know what other misdemeanors/ citations get sent out in the mail.

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answered on Dec 24, 2023

Typically, these tickets (with photos taken with a speed-detection camera) are not actually misdemeanors; in fact, they are not criminal, and do not go on your driving record. The ticket should indicate whether it is criminal or not in the language. However, even if it is not criminal, but a... View More

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Q: What is the punishment for drug related objects in Effingham
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answered on Dec 7, 2023

Possession of drug-related objects is a misdemeanor, meeting the maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and $1,000 fine. As to what sentence one might expect to receive, that would depend on the defendants prior record, any additional charges that may be brought along with the charge, and other... View More

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Q: What gives a cop the right to make you get out handcuffs you and the. Search your car without asking furst
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answered on Dec 7, 2023

There are actually several scenarios in which police can search your car without a warrant or your permission. One example would include an inventory search, where the driver is being arrested and the car is going to be towed. If the officer observed contraband in plain sight, that would be a... View More

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Q: Can an officer demand you to sign your signature on a citation during a traffic stop in the state of Georgia?

The officer threatened me with jail to sign my name as it appears on my state driver's license during a traffic citation and not to write no contract on the citation.

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

Most traffic violations in Georgia are misdemeanors (that is, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months in custody).

OCGA § 40-13-2.1 is the relevant statute:

"(a) A person who is issued a citation as provided in this chapter or Code Section 17-6-11, relating...
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Q: Is enticing a riot in a penal facility a felony charge in Georgia?
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answered on Nov 8, 2023

Yes, I believe it could be charged as a felony.

Georgia Code § 16-10-56 reads:

"No person legally confined to a penal institution shall commit an unlawful act of violence or any other act in a violent or tumultuous manner in a penal institution Any person who violates this...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for Georgia on
Q: What is a blind plea?

Indictment reduced from felony murder to involuntary manslaughter.

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answered on Nov 3, 2023

A blind plea is a non-negotiated plea. The defendant and the state do not agree on what the sentence should be. On a blind plea, the prosecution will argue what the defendant should be sentenced to, and then the defense argues for what they believe the sentence should be. After, the judge will make... View More

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Q: neighbor keeps pointing high beams every time i try getting out of my driveway blinding me

I know he does it in purpose because he waits until he sees us leave. Is there a law against that?

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answered on Nov 3, 2023

If you want to take legal action against the neighbor, I would encourage you to take a notebook (or electronic version) and start making a log of each day and time it happens.

Stalking is a crime in Georgia. Under the law, a "person commits the offense of stalking when he or...
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