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Lowndes County Law Blog

What happens if you're accused of selling marijuana in Georgia?

Georgia has made some progress in terms of marijuana policy in recent years. There is now a limited medical marijuana program which allows for the treatment of a few severe medical conditions with a very specific form of marijuana oil. Unfortunately, the form of marijuana oil permitted, oils with THC levels of less than 5 percent, may not be medically sufficient for those with intractable epilepsy or other serious conditions. Worse yet, those who make and sell marijuana extracts and concentrates face severe penalties, as do those who sell marijuana in its natural state for illegal recreational use in Georgia.

While allowing for some medical use is a step in the right direction, the current law leaves a lot of people behind. Worse yet, it criminalizes those who provide critical medicine to some very sick people. Whether you're accused of selling small amounts of smokeable marijuana for personal use or high potency marijuana oils for those with severe illnesses, you could be facing felony charges and a long time in prison if you plead guilty or get convicted by a jury.

What are the advantages of divorce mediation?

When a couple decides to divorce, both individuals will face a variety of questions, concerns and challenges in the days, weeks and months to come.

It's a common belief that litigation is the only way to work through the divorce process. While this may be the only option for some couples, such as those who are unable to get along on any level, it's not the only strategy to consider.

Georgia DUI charges carry hefty penalties

Some people believe that first time offenders facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Georgia will be treated with leniency. After all, everyone makes mistakes. However, this misconception about the criminal law system could end up costing you a lot, even your job.

Police officer perjury - Why some get away with lies

While our instincts and upbringing tell us to trust the police, it is an unfortunate fact that there are some police officers who not only fail to uphold the law, but actually break it by committing perjury in court.

In fact, BuzzFeed News looked at 62 incidents that were caught on video. In each of these cases, the video footage blatantly contradicts the officer's written report or courtroom testimony. Here are just a few of these incidents:

The challenges of estate planning in blended families

The Brady Bunch isn't just a TV show from another era. More than ever, American households are taking on the look of Mike, Carol and their brood. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Census says that 1,300 new stepfamilies are formed every day. And blended families come with their own set of challenges, both emotionally and financially.

Estate planning in stepfamilies becomes a bit complicated, and when it comes time to distribute assets, things can get a little dicey. What are some important things to keep in mind so the process will go smoothly for all involved?

Here are a few tips from the Institute for Family Studies:

The breakdown of what a TBI settlement should offer

Have you ever considered the total cost of a traumatic brain injury? If you've never experienced a catastrophic injury such as this, the answer is probably no. You might not realize how expensive medical bills will be or how long-term care costs will add up. You may not even factor in costs that are less tangible, including loss of enjoyment and loss of companionship.

To put you in a better position, we'd like to break down the costs of a TBI to give you a better idea of just how costly this injury can be.

Make it a 'point' to properly manage your traffic violations

Whether you've thought about it or not, your driver's license is extremely important. It enables independent travel and typically ensures your ability to get to work each day. Losing this privilege, as you can imagine, could significantly impact your life in a negative manner.

There are a number of ways drivers in Georgia can lose their driving privileges. One way is by accruing too many points on your driving record, which begs the question: How are points assessed and what happens when someone accrues one too many?

When is a divorce considered uncontested?

Have you and your spouse been questioning the integrity of your marriage? Has your spouse already served you with divorce papers? Have you been considering the prospect of dissolving your marriage?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then you could be like most people and dreading the process ahead. After all, divorce is often seen as a contentious affair - one you probably never saw yourself grappling with or want to handle at this moment.

Drowsy or drunk: Both are bad, but is one worse than the other?

Seeing a vehicle in front of you swerve off of the road or into oncoming traffic can be a frightening occurrence because you know that if certain conditions were present, that driver could hit another vehicle and cause a serious or even fatal accident. But while most people assume that when this happens, the driver is intoxicated, it's equally as likely that they are fatigued and unfit to drive.

Whether you realize it or not, fatigued driving is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. According to a National Sleep Foundation fact sheet, going without sleep for 18 hours is just as bad as having a blood-alcohol concentration of .05. If you're awake for more than 24 hours, you will see that comparison jump to a staggering .10 BAC, which is just above the legal limit. 

Is it worth it for you to refinance on your home?

Even though the housing market has somewhat stabilized over the years, many home owners are still concerned that the worst could happen: that they could suddenly lose their job as well as their ability to pay their mortgage, thus leaving their home vulnerable to a short sale or worse, foreclosure.

For a lot of people, the most obvious way to avoid this future is to refinance their mortgage, particularly when interest rates are especially low. But when is this really the best time to refinance or are their other factors that make it far more worth it to refinance?