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Breathalyzers are not always reliable

Breathalyzer devices are so commonly used in law enforcement these days that many people do not realize that their readings are not always accurate. Considering how serious the penalties for a DUI conviction often are, it is surprising that breathalyzer results do not receive scrutiny more regularly.

If you or someone you know recently received DUI charges based on Breathalyzer results, you have some important work ahead of you to build a strong defense. You may think that the evidence against you is too strong to fight, but there are almost always more legal options to defend yourself than you may realize. Even if you cannot beat the charges entirely, you may have opportunities to reduce your sentencing and keep your rights protected.

The divorce process starts with stating your intentions

No one gets married with the idea that they will eventually divorce, but you could find yourself staring this situation in the face at some point.

With so many challenges associated with the divorce process, you need to have a clear idea of your legal rights from the start.

Top tips for obtaining a child support modification

If you are required to pay child support, you know how important it is to stay current with your payments.

At some point, you may find that you are unable to make your child support payments in full and on time. If this happens, you may be tempted to pay less and hope for the best. This isn't the approach you should take.

Do you need an alcohol test or "to blow" to be convicted of DUI?

After a fun night out in downtown Woodstock, the police greet you with blue lights in your rear view mirror. You may ask yourself, if I do not submit to a blood alcohol test or "blow" can I still be charged with DUI? Yes. As criminal defense attorneys we can help you challenge the charges, but it is important to understand the law of DUI is complicated and there are several different ways you can be charged for the same offense of Driving Under the Influence.

Six Tips for a Quicker Divorce

The decision has been made. A divorce it is. Now how do you accomplish that as quickly as possible? Many family law cases take months or even years to finalize. It does not have to be that way. If you want to file for divorce, and you want it to be over as soon as possible so you can move on with your life, you have options. Here are some tips to help you quickly finalize your divorce:

Probable cause versus reasonable suspicion

One question that many people have when they are pulled over by police officers is whether the stop was lawful or not. If you are facing one of these situations, such as in a drunk driving stop, you need to learn about the differences between reasonable suspicion and probable cause.

While these two concepts do have a lot to do with traffic stops, they can actually apply to other areas of the criminal justice system. Here are a few points you should know about these concepts.

Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Georgia

So things didn't go as you hoped they would at trial. What now? In a criminal case, if you try your case and lose, you have an automatic right to appeal your conviction. Although you have a right to an appeal, you must take action to invoke that right and you must do so quickly. A Notice of Appeal or a Motion for New Trial must be filed no later than thirty days after you are sentenced, or you may lose the right to appeal forever.

Can the police always search my vehicle?

We've all been there - maybe you're driving a little too fast on Highway 20 to Cartersville, maybe you rolled a stop sign downtown, and now you see the blue lights flashing behind you. The officer approaches your window, and then things take a turn. Suddenly, instead of a routine traffic stop, the officer is treating you like a suspect in a crime.

There are a number of legitimate reasons that officers may search your vehicle, but they do not automatically have that right, regardless of what they may tell you in the moment.

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