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Criminal defense: Georgia restaurant owner arrested twice

A Georgia restaurateur was recently arrested for the second time. Following an arrest in 2018, the owner of a popular taco restaurant was taken back into police custody on related allegations. Although it is not clear what criminal defense plans he may have been working on in the intervening period of time between his arrests, he is currently out of police custody on $8,500 bond.

In March 2018, a Georgia State Patrol officer initiated a traffic stop on I-16. During the stop, the officer apparently became suspicious that something more was going on and conducted a search of the 33-year-old man's vehicle. The officer allegedly discovered two firearms and several ounces of marijuana. He was arrested for possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and two counts of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Police said that there was a also a juvenile in the man's car at the time.

3 things to put on your divorce to-do list

Negotiating a divorce settlement can seem like a never-ending uphill battle. It can quite literally take over your life for weeks or months. Furthermore, the more financially complex your divorce is, the longer your settlement might take.

When the day comes that you are finally finished with your divorce, you will probably be more than ready to wash your hands of your ex and the divorce process in general and dance your way into your new life. However, just because you signed your name to the divorce decree does not mean you are finished.

Police charge man driving lawn mower with DUI

Those who have had too much to drink should generally find alternative methods of getting to where they need to go. While many of these individuals rely on designated drivers, cabs or ridesharing services, some people might feel tempted to drive something that is not a typical street-legal vehicle. While this might seem like a good idea, driving something other than a car, truck or motorcycle can still lead to DUI charges.

Police in Georgia recently arrested a man who was allegedly driving his lawn mower while under the influence of alcohol. An officer first spotted the man at approximately noon after receiving reports of a possible drunk driver. The officer pulled the man and his lawn mower over and reported that he immediately picked up the scent of alcohol.

Rapper Lil' Boosie facing criminal charges in Georgia

A recent traffic stop led Georgia police to arrest an out-of-state rapper and one other man on multiple charges. Torrence Hatch Jr. performs under the name Lil' Boosie and is facing a number of criminal charges, including counts for failing to maintain his lane, marijuana possession and possession of a firearm during a crime. His passenger was also arrested.

In early April 2019, an officer said he observed a driver struggling to maintain his lane. The vehicle was apparently repeatedly moving in and out of the lane of traffic and almost sideswiped another car. The officer then initiated a traffic stop for the driver.

Criminal defense: UGA football players arrested

Facing criminal charges as a young adult can be particularly difficult. Not only can a criminal record affect a person's employment opportunities, but many people are surprised to find that their personal lives are also impacted simply by the charges, even without a conviction. For two football players at the University of Georgia, their ability to continue playing at the university could be affected. Mounting a strong and meaningful criminal defense can be essential to minimizing the potential future consequences of a criminal charge.

UGA police arrested Robert Beal and Brenton Cox -- both linebackers for the Bulldog's football team -- in early April 2019. Beal and Cox allegedly had less than a single ounce of marijuana between the two of them. They were taken into police custody, but they both posted $1,000 in bond and were released later that same day.

Ready to divorce? Here's how to handle your family business

A business is often so much more than a financial endeavor. Married couples who co-own businesses in Georgia are not only setting up a steady source of income for their families, but they are also choosing a path in which they can spend more time together. These emotional ties can complicate dividing that business during divorce, but couples who approach property division with realistic expectations can usually handle the matter fairly well.

Most business owners have a general idea of how much their business is worth. During divorce, an estimated value is not good enough. Before divorcing couples make any decisions about what to do with their business, they should consider having an impartial and third-party individual perform an accurate valuation. Understanding the true market value of a business will inform any decisions moving forward.

DUI on prom night? Protect your child's rights

Prom season is upon us once again. Teenagers in Gwinnett, Fulton and Cobb Counties are shopping for fancy dresses and reserving tuxedos for the big night.

There's a lot of hype surrounding prom night, but truth be told, it's still an important rite of passage for most high school kids. Parents, too, want their kids to have fun and memorable times on prom night. But they also want their children to return home unscathed from the experience.

Are hidden assets common in divorce?

A breakdown in trust is just one of many different reasons that couples in Georgia might decide to end their marriage. However, when that sense of marital trust dissolves, it can complicate things during divorce. Sometimes a soon-to-be-ex spouse might even try to hide valuable assets from the property division process.

Hidden assets are a big deal because it means that one person does not even have a chance to receive a fair share of marital assets. Unfortunately, it is not always obvious when an asset has been hidden. If an individual is planning to file for divorce, it is a good idea to complete a thorough inventory of all marital assets before broaching the topic with a spouse. For those who had the divorce initiated by their ex, performing this inventory as early on as possible is usually advisable.

Criminal defense: Refusal to test can't be used as evidence

When police officers pull over a driver suspected of being under the influence, they generally ask that individual to submit to some kind of blood-alcohol content testing. Most people in Georgia are probably familiar with the Breathalyzer test, which is commonly used during roadside testing. But what happens to those who refuse to submit to Breathalyzer testing? According to Georgia's Supreme Court, refusing a test cannot be used as evidence, which may be important for some people's criminal defense planning.

In 2015, police arrested and charged a woman with DUI. At the time of her arrest she refused to submit to a requested breath test. The prosecutor on that particular case tried to use her refusal as evidence during a trial, but she argued that it should not be allowed. Her argument was that allowing that evidence would violate her constitutional rights, which protect her -- and everyone -- from self-incrimination.

Driver suspected of DUI charged regarding 2 accidents

Georgia police recently arrested a woman they claim was involved in not one but two drunk driving accidents. However, she was originally only charged for the second accident, as authorities did not discover the first alleged hit-and-run until the following day. She is facing multiple charges related to DUI, including failing to maintain her lane and vehicular homicide.

Police first responded to an accident on U.S. Highway 82 at around 10:30 p.m. Details regarding this collision are not readily clear. However, suspecting that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time, police tested the 21-year-old driver's blood-alcohol content. She allegedly registered a .22 BAC, which is significantly higher than the legal limit.

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