Drug charges carry some of the harshest sentencing of any nonviolent crime in America, often unjustly resulting in years of incarceration. It is no exaggeration to say that you must always fight drug charges to protect your rights, no matter how strong the evidence against you may seem.
Until last week, it was a practice by law enforcement officers in Georgia to locate fleeing suspects or establish someone's location by contacting cell phone providers, who would willingly triangulate a suspect's whereabouts using the information "pinged" back and forth to cell phone towers by that suspect's phone. A decision by the United States Supreme Court last week in the case of Carpenter v. United States, however, limits the use of that practice.
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.
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.