Georgia Legal Issues Blog

Driver indicted in wreck that cost a man part of his leg

Sometimes it seems as if the wheels of justice turn exceedingly slowly. But justice is one step closer for a Georgia man who lost his right leg below the knee last year after a negligent driver wrecked her car, pinning him between it and another vehicle.

Recently, a Whitfield County grand jury indicted the negligent driver — a 20-year-old female — on charges of reckless driving and felony serious injury for causing the wreck that led to the man's amputation.

Criminal defense: Police task force makes DUI arrests

Many people across the country celebrated the recent Fourth of July holiday weekend. It is a time for families to get together, and these kinds of events often include consumption of alcohol. Local law enforcement was on alert for people driving under the influence. In one Georgia community, police specifically targeted drunk drivers, making numerous arrests. Those drivers may need a strong criminal defense to minimize the potential impact of an arrest on their lives.

The special police unit operated from the Wednesday evening before the fourth and throughout the entire weekend until Sunday morning. Twenty-five officers were tasked with watching for signs of impaired driving. They made 54 arrests for DUI over the course of the holiday weekend. They also gave out over 700 citations and started 17 drug cases in addition to making 92 overall arrests for various crimes.

Did Georgia's hands-free law affect the rate of car wrecks?

Authorities are always searching for ways to keep citizens safe. One measure that many states across the country have recently enacted relates to cellphone usage in moving vehicles. Georgia passed a law just last year that restricted holding and using mobile phones while driving a motor vehicle. The hope was that these laws would prevent car wrecks. Now, several municipalities are reporting exactly how that measure has affected their areas.

In nearby Rome, police officers report that they issued almost 1,000 citations for motorists using their cellphones in violation of the law. The number was higher than they thought it would be, and they hoped that many drivers would choose to voluntarily comply with the new law. One representative pointed out that many drivers thought that using their phone at a red light was acceptable, but that is not true.

Criminal defense: Georgia woman facing DUI charges

Charges of driving under the influence can significantly affect a person's life. The punishment following a conviction is often more severe than many people think, including possible jail time, fines and more. Anyone facing a DUI charge needs a thorough criminal defense strategy to ensure that an he or she is treated fairly by the judicial system. One woman here in Georgia may need just that after police say she caused a car wreck that resulted in several injuries.

Authorities claim that the wreck occurred on a recent weekday evening. A woman allegedly crossed into an oncoming lane of traffic and hit an SUV head-on. Three people in the SUV were injured and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital. Another car was also part of the crash, but that driver was unhurt. Part of the road had to be closed while police dealt with the aftermath of the wreck.

Car wreck claims the lives of 2 children

Any car wreck that results in harm to a person is tragic, but ones that involve children can be particularly upsetting. A young life cut short is one of the worst things that can happen to a family. They may struggle to come to terms with what happened, wondering if they could have taken a different action that would have saved the young person's life. Many times, someone else is responsible for the fatal incident. This is what police say is the case in the deaths of two Georgia children, killed in a car wreck involving multiple vehicles.

Authorities say that, on a recent evening, a woman driving on a roadway in an unincorporated area of town hit another vehicle, a Rav 4, when she crossed into oncoming traffic. A Honda then allegedly rear-ended the Rav 4. Two children riding in the Rav 4 did not survive. A total of eight people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that resulted from the crashes.

Student loan debt could get divided in divorce

When people get married, they often promise "'til death do us part." They may not realize if that "parting" happens due to divorce that they may also be responsible for their ex's debts. When determining who gets what as part of a divorce agreement, most people here in Georgia probably think of shared assets or property. However, student loan debt could be part of that agreement as well, depending on several circumstances.

First, if the student loan debt was taken on before the debtor got married, it is considered separate property and will not be divided during a divorce. For those who took out student loans during the course of their marriage, the rules are a bit different. The state of Georgia is an equitable distribution state. That means that a court will consider what a fair division of assets and debts should be between two ex-spouses.

Don't underestimate the risk of abuse in nursing homes

Nursing homes are designed to be places where elderly and vulnerable people can feel safe and supported both physically and emotionally. In the majority of cases, nursing homes successfully fulfill their purpose. In this way, they can be invaluable sources of support for aging people who are unable to take care of themselves alone.

However, instances of nursing home abuse are shockingly common. The World Health Organization found that 1 in 6 people who are over the age of 60 experience abuse within community settings each year. It also found that long-term care facilities and nursing homes globally saw high rates of elder abuse.

Motorcycle wrecks: Fatal collision still under investigation

Summertime means many people will be out enjoying the warmer weather and longer hours of daylight. Many motorcycle enthusiasts will take to the roads on their motorbikes, making the most of all that summer has to offer. Unfortunately, this also means that there is usually an increase in fatal motorcycle wrecks. The Georgia State Patrol responded to a recent motorcycle crash that proved fatal for the driver.

Authorities say that the wreck happened on a recent early morning. A northbound truck crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and hit a motorcycle head-on. The driver of the motorcycle did not survive the collision, dying there at the scene. The truck driver apparently suffered minor injuries.

Divorce rates dropping for some groups, rising for others

Conventional wisdom has long held that 50% of marriages today end in divorce. However, recent statistics prove that idea wrong. Overall, divorce rates are plummeting -- the rate dipped 18% from 2008 to 2016, according to one study. Upon closer examination of the facts, however, it is apparent that this decrease only holds true for certain demographics. Experts have theories as to what is causing these trends, and Georgia families may learn a great deal from their insight.

First, the falling divorce rate seems to be due to younger adults. The biggest reason is because marriage rates are going down at the same time. Many young adults are delaying marriage or not getting married at all. The average age of first marriage has gone up to 27.8 for women and 29.8 for men in 2018, from 22 and 26.1 respectively in 1890. Experts say that many of these young people want to solidify their education, career and finances before settling down.

Motor vehicle wrecks can be deadly

Interstate traffic can be challenging. There are the number of vehicles on the road, the various speeds at which vehicles travel, road construction and a variety of other concerns that can affect ttraffic. Unfortunately, there are also those times when motor vehicle wrecks occur and the challenge becomes even more personal.

Drivers anticipate that there will be traffic and other obstacles that will have to be dealt with while driving on Georgia's interstates. Other drivers may not be paying attention, vehicles may suddenly stop or any number of other things may cause the driver to have to quickly react. For these reasons, the conscientious driver remains aware of his or her surroundings and makes adjustments based upon what is going on nearby.

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