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...
Sean A. Black awarded AV rating by Martindale Hubbell.
According to a recent WDUN article, discussions continue at the county level about the prospect of Banks County seceding from the Piedmont Circuit and joining the Mountain Circuit. The Piedmont Circuit currently consists of Banks, Barrow and Jackson Counties. The Mountain Circuit is Stephens, H...
Great results in two sex offense cases: one for termination of probation and grant of first offender discharge and the other for removal from the registry.
Frequently asked questions about behavioral incentive dates under the new 2017 law.
Case Summary of Packingham vs. North Carolina, U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a North Carolina law limiting registered sex offenders from accessing a broad array of internet sites.
Summary of HB 249 - 2017
2017 changes to the Georgia Low THC Oil Law
2017 legislative update summary for Georgia Senate Bill 104 which goes into effect on July 1, 2017.
Summary of the 2017 Back the Blue Act
For 2017, Georgia now has an offense of domestic terrorism.
Law enforcement officers do not need any suspicion or cause to run a license plate for a computerized check.
Dead docketing refers to the moving of active cases from the trial calendar to a list of cases which are not closed but which will not be called on an active trial calendar in the absence of a court order placing them back on the active trial calendar.
LEO Agencies can lose radar and laser certifications if their speeding ticket revenue exceeds 35% of their agency budget. This tightens existing restrictions.
Georgia passes "move over" law for sanitation workers.
A recent resolution of a federal civil rights case based on the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment may have major implications for the practice prevalent in Georgia of imposing a cash bond requirement and holding in jail poor people who cannot afford the cash bond.
Immigration consequences will return to the categorical analysis that was in place prior to 2008 providing greater certainty for criminal defense lawyers and their clients.
The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in City of Los Angeles v. Patel on June 22, 2015. This is a significant case for protection of private information from the government by a third party. It may be subject to extension to other businesses facing government regulation requiring th...
I-85 traffic enforcement is up in Northeast Georgia. Drivers need to watch out and watch their speed. Multiple law enforcement agencies patrol this corridor. We can help you when you are facing a citation or an arrest.