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Recognize defenses to drug offenses

Georgia law enforcement officers are trained to make arrests when they encounter illegal substances under the control of individuals. The drug offenses that can result when these encounters are made can impose serious penalties on the lives of those affected. However, the men and women who find themselves facing drug charges can take it upon themselves to learn about possible defense strategies that may help them retain their rights and freedom.

The status of marijuana in Georgia

Over the course of the last year, several states have made the news for decriminalizing the possession of small quantities of marijuana for personal use. That means that individuals in those states who are searched by law enforcement officials may not be arrested if the amount of marijuana they have on them is below the statutory thresholds. The individuals may, however, still run afoul of the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Driver and passenger arrested on drug offenses after traffic stop

Readers of this Georgia legal blog should be aware that they have important civil rights when it comes to dealing with law enforcement officers at traffic stops. It is important for drivers to know that an officer cannot simply search their vehicle because they think they may find illegal materials.

What is drug paraphernalia?

Drug charges are very serious legal matters and can alter the course of Georgia residents' futures if they are lodged and convictions are secured. Most drug offenses concern the use, possession, sale, or manufacturing of drugs by individuals but another crime exists in the realm of drug cries: possession of drug paraphernalia. This post will explain what drug paraphernalia is and why it is considered criminal to possess it.

Penalties for drug possession conviction in Georgia

Drugs and illegal substances are classified into different schedules under Georgia law. While substances that are considered extremely likely to be abused and do not have medical purposes are considered Schedule I drugs, substances that may be used to treat medical conditions and have low risks for abuse are considered Schedule V drugs. Three other categories exist between these two.

Posthumous Pardons for Wrongful Execution of Soldiers in 1917

On December 11, 1917, 13 soldiers were hanged one after the other after one of the largest murder trials in U.S. history. The story behind these deaths began a few months before, when, on August 23, 1917, white Houston police officers burst into the home of a black woman. The officers assaulted her and pulled her into the street, wearing only her nightgown, as her children watched. A black solder, Alonso Edwards of the 24thInfantry Regiment, tried to rescue the woman when a white police officer pistol-whipped and arrested him.

Types of Murder

The law is incredibly complex, especially with regards to extremely violent cases. According to Georgia law, murder is defined as the unlawful killing of another person; however, circumstances surrounding the crime will determine the sentence.

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