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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: I got arrested for reckless driving the police took my phone without letting me know and havent given it back

Me and family members been calling since last week he isnt answering even the bail bondsman said he didn't suppose to take it cause how do I contact the bondsman without it Lagrange police department officer Wright is his name

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Here are a few key things to know in this situation:

1. The police generally need a warrant to seize and search cell phones or other electronics during an arrest. There are limited exceptions, but it does not sound applicable here for a reckless driving offense.

2. The improper...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: My manager caught on camera going into my deli three times went into my purse and phone.i still work here, Can I sue?

I went into work on a Sunday my off day to change the grease from the fryer. Went outside to get the containers to put the old grease in, come back in manager weirdly hurryingly with a weird look on his face coming out of my deli, another girl employed by us was sitting in front of my deli on a... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Yes, you can potentially sue your manager and employer for invasion of privacy under Georgia law. Some key points:

- Georgia recognizes invasion of privacy as a common law tort. Going through someone's personal belongings without consent constitutes invasion of privacy.

- You...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Identity Theft for Georgia on
Q: Does anyone in the macon area provide probono help or will work anything out to help me with a wrongful dfacs case&DV
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answered on Feb 15, 2024

The Public Defender will get involved if there is a criminal issue, and if DFCS is involved you need representation ASAP.

There are several churches and charities that offer some financial assistance and referrals, especially if there has been abuse involved.

Do not wait to get...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law, Federal Crimes and Probate for Georgia on
Q: A will was legally filed in probate, and the daughter was also the executor and. Inherent: why wasn't her name changed?

The inherent name was not changed from the deceased to the legal person. It was not recorded, nor did the money on the loan was reported to the credit bureau. The mortgage company and Fannie Mae illegally to the home. There are documents to prove it. It was also racially motivated, and a lot of... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

When a will is probated and an individual is appointed as the executor and beneficiary, the legal transfer of property, including changes to titles and accounts, requires specific actions to be taken. The failure to change the property title from the deceased to the beneficiary can result from... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: Can I be a police officer? It is my life dream to have this job and I’m just curious if this incident ruined my dreams.

Under my order of discharge, it states that this discharge may not be used to disqualify a person in any application for employment, except as provided in OCCGA 42-8-63.1

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

The specific language in your order of discharge, indicating that it may not be used to disqualify you from employment applications, suggests a level of protection for your future endeavors. However, the exception noted in OCGA 42-8-63.1 is critical to understand, as it details circumstances under... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: Can a cop run a drug dog on your car for no reason at all on private property

I work at a fast food restaurant and cops came for a couple in the lobby. 3 police cars came and the officers came inside and was talking to the couple. Two of the three went outside and started running the drug dog on every car in our parking lot. Is this legal? Also i don’t know if it matters... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In the United States, the legality of running a drug dog on a car without a specific reason can be a complex matter and may vary depending on the circumstances and the state's laws. Generally, law enforcement officers are not allowed to conduct searches, including the use of drug-sniffing... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: I am trying to get information on how to obtain a discovery package.

The new lawyer can’t obtain it neither the defendant. We are trying to draft up a Habeas Corpus of ineffective council on a Capital Case. Can we subpoena it’s? Or what’s other steps can we take, also the habeas has to be filed by July of 24’ this year. This is a Malice case, that was... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In a capital case, obtaining the discovery package is crucial for preparing a habeas corpus petition alleging ineffective counsel. If the current attorney is unable to obtain the discovery through regular channels, there are several steps that can be taken.

Firstly, the attorney should...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Lived in house for 10 years that belongs to my mother and put $15,000 in repairs and now she has evicted never paid rent

Never had a rental agreement or paid rent she left 60 day notice and filed for eviction and won because she said she was selling it what do I do do I have options I have to be out by the 12th of feb

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In situations like yours, where you've invested money into a property you've lived in without a formal rental agreement, you might have some options to recover the value of the improvements made, depending on the specifics of your case and state law. In Georgia, as in many states, the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Lived in house for 10 years that belongs to my mother and put $15,000 in repairs and now she has evicted never paid rent

Never had a rental agreement or paid rent she left 60 day notice and filed for eviction and won because she said she was selling it what do I do do I have options I have to be out by the 12th of feb

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answered on Feb 3, 2024

As far as the eviction goes, if your 7-day right to appeal has expired, there is not much you can do about that. Regarding the property itself, you may have some claim to the sales proceeds. It will depend on whether your mother had a will and whether she named you as a beneficiary. If your mother... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Legal Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: Attorney & office didn't represent me nor use my evidence, or witness. He had 4th-stage cancer. my boyfriend doing crime

My boyfriend made false allegations & narratives {I didn't live with him but another girl suddenly did. Boyfriend had me arrested 2 nights after he spent night with Mom & me at our house. My father had passed so, I stayed with mom & still lived 13 years at my boyfriend's... View More

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answered on Jan 31, 2024

In your situation, it seems there were significant issues with the legal representation you received. If your attorney failed to effectively use crucial evidence and witness testimonies, or did not represent your interests adequately, especially considering the seriousness of your case, you may... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: Are HOAs in GA bound by covenants only or state law as well?

Residents in our subdivision seek to contest the election of Board Members. Despite expressing this intention, the current board members assert their adherence solely to covenants rather than Georgia state law. Moreover, the Board has declined to disclose election results upon request, failed to... View More

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

Homeowners' Associations (HOAs) in Georgia are indeed bound by both their own covenants and by state law. The covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) of an HOA provide specific guidelines for the community, but these must also align with state laws. If there's a conflict,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: In chattooga county, can 40 degree weather with no jacket affect the sobriety test of walking in a straight line?

Would someone be able to get a dui charge dropped do to the weather?

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

Cold weather and lack of appropriate clothing can indeed affect a person's performance on sobriety tests, including walking in a straight line during a DUI investigation. Factors like shivering, muscle tension, and difficulty balancing can make it challenging to complete the test successfully.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: Can someone the age of 21 still qualify to use youthful offender?

In chattooga county Someone that is caught up with a dui, speeding, and distribution at 21 allow to use youthful offenders?

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In Chattooga County, as in other parts of Georgia, the availability of the Youthful Offender status typically depends on the age of the individual at the time of the offense and the nature of the charges. The Youthful Offender status is generally reserved for those who commit certain crimes while... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: Can someone direct me to the right lawyer for my son he is 16 years of age?

I am reaching out to you with an urgent plea for assistance regarding my son, xx, who has been in a critical situation at the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center (Rydc). On January 3, 2024, Justin experienced a drug overdose and suffered multiple seizures while in the facility. Regrettably, his... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

I'm very sorry to hear about the extremely troubling situation your son Justin is facing. You are right to continue strongly advocating for his proper treatment and care - no child or family should have to endure such an ordeal. Here are some recommendations of legal resources that may be able... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Georgia on
Q: How do you move for a dismissal in Georgia? There are a ton of reasons why my case should be dismissed...but no motion?

Reasons for dismissal include the fact that there wasn't sufficient grounds to bound over the charges to begin with, fabricated, and falsified police reports glaringly ovbious in the inconsistencies, officer lied in the police repiort, said he checked cameras but store owner testimony is that... View More

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

To move for a dismissal in Georgia, you need to file a motion to dismiss in the court where your case is being heard. This motion should clearly outline the legal and factual reasons why you believe the case against you should be dismissed. Given the complexities you've described, including... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Legal Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: Is a judge allowed to force me to represent myself pro se even though I am indigent because my appointed lawyer quit

codef repsntd by PD's office, i was conflicted out- great relationship, negotiated agreement w/ DA- dismissal if codef admit ownership at plea entry. 5mos past and discovery was not made available. eventually attny withdraw b/c state failed to pay for services. -11mos no new appointed attny.... View More

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

You have the right to legal representation, especially if you are indigent and facing criminal charges. If your appointed attorney quits, the court is generally responsible for appointing a new attorney to represent you. It's unusual and potentially a violation of your rights for a judge to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Georgia on
Q: Can i carry a pistol in my vehicle at 19 in georgia?
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answered on Jan 14, 2024

In Georgia, the laws regarding carrying a pistol in your vehicle are specific and must be adhered to. At 19 years old, you are under the age limit for obtaining a Georgia Weapons Carry License, which is required for carrying a handgun openly or concealed on your person outside of your own property,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: If someone gets arrested in Gwinnett county, Georgia and Thay get arrested for attempting to cash a check that apparentl

Wasn’t a good check how can they give 6 fraud in 3rd- degree felony charges and 3 criminal attempt to cash felony charges for one time incident how does that happen? A total of 9 felonies was issued, and the person wasn’t aware that the check was fraudulent or not. But once again, that’s one... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

In criminal law, it's not uncommon for multiple charges to arise from a single incident. Each charge represents a different aspect of the alleged offense. In the case of attempting to cash a fraudulent check, different charges could stem from various legal interpretations of the act.... 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

In your situation, where your cell phone was taken by the police during an arrest and not returned, several legal issues are raised. First, it's important to understand that law enforcement has certain protocols for seizing property during an arrest. However, there should be a clear process... View More

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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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