The IPhone 5s and 5c and Your Privacy

Posted by Sean A. Black | Sep 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Fifth Amendment protects against only testimonial statements, not the providing of physical characteristics or acts. The government probably can compel a person to activate a fingerprint scanner on a mobile device in order to unlock it. Choose a better, if less convenient, security option.

How to Prepare for a Divorce Consultation: A Client's Guide

Posted by Sean A. Black | Jul 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Beginning a divorce requires information. Persons seeking a divorce can make the best use of their time and their lawyer's time by being prepared with the information that will be needed to evaluate and begin preparing the legal filings. This post examines some of the information that is helpful for a first consultation with a lawyer about filing for divorce.

HB 349 Signed into Law in 2013

Posted by Sean A. Black | May 01, 2013 | 14 Comments

Examining the contents of HB 349 signed into law in 2013 which made changes relating to trafficking, criminal justice reform, criminal appeals, license suspensions records restriction, medical reprieves, and probation conditions.

Limits on Revocations of Probation

Posted by Sean A. Black | Apr 08, 2013 | 3 Comments

In Georgia, it is not unusual for a person sentenced on a felony case to either have a probation sentence or a split sentence.  A split sentence is one where the person serves a specified incarceration sentence followed by a term of probation. The probation term includes certain conditions.  In ...

Depositions of Alleged Victim in Child Molestation Cases

Posted by Sean A. Black | Oct 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a visitation case, a party sought to depose 13-year-old girl who had accused him of kissing, fondling and touching her. The girl was a sleepover guest of the parties' minor son.  Trial court barred him from taking the child's deposition. Georgia Court of Appeals reversed with direction that the court allow the deposition but consider appropriate limitations/protections for the child.

Georgia Records Restriction Changes

Posted by Sean A. Black | Oct 02, 2012 | 33 Comments

One of the big changes coming to Georgia law courtesy of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform Act (HB 1176) is the elimination of expungement.  It will be replaced by a new concept called records restriction.  This change will not become effective until July 1, 2013. Expungement, We Hardly Knew You ...


Posted by Sean A. Black | Oct 02, 2012 | 371 Comments

On May 20, 2010, Governor Perdue signed into law House Bill 571.  It made important changes to Georgia’s sex offender registry laws.  Because I believe that it is important for people effected by this legislation to know about it, I have put together a summary.  You should check with your county ...

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