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Drug charges filed in Georgia after search for murder suspect

Unexpected things can happen during a raid by law enforcement. Many times when the police are investigating one crime, they unintentionally find evidence of another crime instead. This seems to have been what what happened in a recent incident in which law enforcement were looking for a murder suspect. Instead, they ended up arresting two individuals on drug charges in Georgia.

The incident happened when U.S. Marshals were attempting to find a murder suspect. However, the authorities ended up making another major find instead. Apparently, while searching for the murder suspect at a residence, the marshals found illegal drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia. This resulted in the arrest of two men on drug charges.

Student could be in need of criminal defense for art project

Terrorism is a serious threat to the safety and security of people around the world. There is no denying the fact that there are those who would go to virtually any lengths to cause death and destruction, which has led lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to approach threats to public safety in a very serious manner. That said, there are cases in which the effort to ensure safety infringes on the rights of Georgia residents to live normal lives. An example is found in a University student who may be in need of a criminal defense strategy following a college art project.

The case centers on a suspicious device observed on an Atlanta bridge. The device was constructed from an aluminum Pepsi can covered in duct tape. There were two small steel pipes mounted on the can, and four electrical wires were visible on the top of the unit. The device also had a note attached, which identified the unit as a slow motion camera, and asked observers to please refrain from moving the device. The Atlanta bomb squad was called to the scene, and determined that the device was not a pipe bomb.

Proposed bill could have criminal defense applications

Readers may be aware of recently proposed legislation that has sparked debate concerning the use of police license plate readers. These devices are able to scan and record images of license plates, giving law enforcement the chance to locate individuals who have active arrest warrants or are otherwise being sought for questioning. The use of these scanners has become common in Georgia and across the nation, and has led some lawmakers to question the limits that might be placed on the use of the devices. The matter also leads to interesting questions about the criminal defense tactics that might be used in cases that involve these readers.

The recently proposed bill would require police departments to delete captured images 30 days after they were gathered. Those behind the bill assert that, while the devices offer a powerful tool for law enforcement, there is a balance that must be sought between combating crime and protecting the rights of citizens. An additional provision is expected to be added that would prevent police from sharing captured images with federal authorities.

4 individuals face drug charges after bust in Georgia

Illegal drugs can be detrimental to a person's health and personal life. They can also cause serious legal problems. This is particularly true for selling and distributing illegal drugs. Four individuals were recently arrested on drug charges in Georgia.

The drug bust happened in early January after police officers purportedly obtained information regarding methamphetamine allegedly being sold at a room in a local hotel. Police officers say they discovered more than an ounce of methamphetamine as well as more than an ounce of marijuana while searching the hotel room. The drugs were allegedly packaged into smaller quantities. The total street value of the illegal drugs was estimated by authorities at $2,500.

Drug Charges:Cops claim Georgia teacher let teens smoke marijuana

Drug Charges: Most teachers are committed to the well-being of their students. In fact, many put in extra hours to help tutor their students to help them be successful in school. However, police claim that a social studies teacher in Georgia was actually allowing teenagers to come to her house to smoke marijuana instead of receiving tutoring.

Police claim that they became suspicious after receiving several reports about multiple teenagers coming in and out of the house. They say that when they arrived at the house, they found what they described as evidence of marijuana use as well as the drug. Both the teacher and her husband have been arrested.

Accused of tax fraud? Don't let federal prosecutors bully you

There is a significant distinction between state and federal charges, but for many people in Georgia, there may be a significant amount of confusion between the two. Before a person accused of any crime can proceed, understanding the differences between these two types of charges can be crucial to a favorable outcome. Those dealing with federal charges such as insurance or tax fraud may have extra considerations to take into account.

If you're accused of committing a federal crime, your case will be handled by the federal courts rather than the court local to your state. The idea of standing before a federal judge can be understandably overwhelming, but no matter what court you appear in, you still retain the same rights and protections. Most importantly, you are still presumed innocent throughout the entirety of court proceedings.

Criminal Defense:Investment Fraud and Willful Blindness Doctrine

Criminal Defense:   U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain sentenced Bernie Madoff's assistant, Annette Bongiorno, 67, to six years in prison - a lenient sentence far less than recommended by the federal sentencing guidelines.  During sentencing, Judge Taylor told Ms. Bongiorno that she had "willfully blinded herself," and "chose Madoff's blessing" over "her own moral compass."

Police arrest 8 individuals on drug charges in Georgia

Marijuana can come in various forms. One new form of marijuana, known as "ear wax," is becoming more common in some parts of Georgia. However, no matter what form of the drug one is in possession of, it is still against the law. Eight individuals found this out after they were recently arrested on drug charges during two separate drug busts by law enforcement officials.

The series of arrests by local police began in mid-November after three men were arrested at an apartment complex. The three men allegedly were in possession of marijuana ear wax. Police also discovered several objects that they deemed to be drug-related. The three men consisted of two 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old.

Ferguson and Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance: A grand jury on Monday declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown.  It took months for the grand jury to contemplate this decision.  It took St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch too long to actually announce the decision.  It seemed clear that there would be no indictment since the grand jury took way too long to make their decision.

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