States across the country facing challenges in marijuana prosecution based on hemp legalization.
Look out, the troopers will be on the roads in high numbers enforcing the speed limits while Operation Southern Shield is in effect.
How will the new Georgia Hemp Bill change the way that we deal with marijuana cases?
GBI to Contract with Private Laboratories for Some Drug Analysis Testing
Legislative Update: Criminal Gang Activity Definition Expanded
2019 Changes to the Georgia Rape Shield Statute
2019 changes to the Georgia battery statute
Georgia creates crime of sextortion
Georgia has added legislation modifying criminal improper sexual contact.
New Georgia law creates an easier pathways for prosecutors to pursue nuisance actions against property owners and operators whose property is used for prostitution or sexual servitude.
2019 Changes to the Georgia pimping and pandering and prostitution laws.
Changes to Georgia's DNA laws include provisions for preserving evidence which can be tested for genetic material for an extended period of time. It also allows for the collection of DNA material from persons sentenced under the First Offender Act or conditional discharge statute.
Legislative Update: Georgia Legislature Provides Protections for Pregnant Women Detainees and Inmates
The new law takes effect on October 1, 2019. It applies to pregnant women, women during labor or delivery, and women in the immediate (6 weeks after delivery) post-partum period. Pregnant women are not to be required to squat or cough during a strip search if they are in their second or third t...
A quick look at new criminal offenses created by the Georgia General Assembly this year. This post takes a look at the new offenses of Staging a Motor Vehicle Collision and Aggravated Staging.
Needle exchanges now on the right side of the law in Georgia
Kratom is now illegal for minors.
Georgia has updated its old crime of Transmitting a False Alarm. The main purpose however was to include provisions to combat the act of swatting, whereby the use of police response to an emergency is weaponized to cause problems for the recipient.
Litigants and Witnesses Should be Allowed to Have Their Cell Phones.
Federal and state legislation is opening up a new crop for farmers: industrial hemp. This is going to be a challenge for law enforcement and the criminal justice system in states, like Georgia, where marijuana continue to be illegal. What is Industrial Hemp? Industrial hemp is another term for...
My thoughts about the decision of Barrow County Superior Court Judge David Motes to grant a new trial on his own motion after a jury's guilty verdict and sentencing.
Discussion of research on magic mushrooms (psilocybin) and the possibility of re-scheduling from Schedule I to Schedule IV.
Discussion of Face ID issues under the Fourth Amendment search and seizure law.
Georgia Sex Offender Registry Deemed Deficient by Feds. Georgia program remains superior to federal SORNA requirements.
Black Law Offices obtains not guilty verdicts for client accused of child molestation in Jackson County, Georgia.
In a case decided on May 21, 2018, the Georgia Supreme Court held that a general Georgia pardon removes sex offender registration requirements. State v. Davis, S17G1333. Pardon for a sex offense now requires a special application. It also requires a lengthier period of law-abiding life to be...