How Does Georgia Treat Serious Out-of-State Traffic Convictions?

How Does Georgia Treat Serious Out-of-State Traffic Convictions?

In an effort to protect public safety, Georgia laws treat vehicular crimes equally regardless of where they occur. So when drivers are convicted out of state for certain offenses ¾ ranging from driving with a revoked registration to vehicular homicide ¾ they face harsh penalties in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Driver Services imposes mandatory license suspension for the following crimes committed in or out of state: Vehicular homicide All felonies involving the use of a motor vehicle Eluding an officer using a motor vehicle Fraudulent use of or application for a license or forging an identification document Hit and run Racing Driving with a suspended, canceled or revoked registration Drivers identified as habitual offenders face mandatory revocation of their driving privileges. Particularly if you have been convicted of DUI or other behavior that causes a fatal accident, you need to seek legal support from an experienced Marietta traffic lawyer. Even after conviction, your lawyer can help you regain your driving privileges once the period of suspension or revocation expires. Of course, depending on the details of your conviction, the loss of your license may be only a minor concern as you face possible felony charges and the penalties that come with conviction. This is why it is so important to retain highly experienced criminal defense lawyers. The attorneys at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP have extensive prosecution and judicial experience, allowing us to develop an effective defense for our clients. Contact us today to set up a consultation....
Minors and Shoplifting Charges in Georgia

Minors and Shoplifting Charges in Georgia

Certainly a record of criminal conviction can have a profound effect on children as they enter into their adult lives. But while children make many bad choices, those choices do not have to ruin their lives, particularly when you identify and correct them early. If your minor child faces shoplifting charges in Georgia, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can explore a number of alternatives to improve the results of the case – and protect your minor’s future. There are currently about 27 million shoplifters in the U.S., according to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP). While about 25 percent of shoplifters are minors, more than half of adult shoplifters started along this path while in their teens. Children often begin shoplifting as a result of peer pressure, and the NASP likens the shoplifting experience to an addiction. In fact, about 33 percent of juveniles report that getting caught may not discourage them from trying again. This is one reason why parents must aggressively address the issue the first time their children face charges — and before the act becomes habitual. As you might expect, an experienced Georgia shoplifting attorney can offer more legal alternatives to children and teens with no prior record. Provided the minor steals low-value goods without hurting anyone while committing the crime, a lawyer can take action to stop the trial from taking place. And even after conviction, youthful offenders can qualify for records restriction, the new law replacing expungement as of July 1, 2013. Your teenager may feel intense pressure from friends to shoplift, but you need to look at the frightening first arrest...