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In Georgia, expect an increase in DUI arrests this summer

Every summer, Georgia law enforcement agencies step up their efforts to arrest drunk and drugged drivers. It’s an admirable idea; between Memorial Day and Labor Day, fatal car wrecks involving teenagers increase as much as 15 percent – and many of these accidents result from DUI. Unfortunately, the increase in arrests also means there’s a higher incidence of false or wrongful arrests. And those facing charges are often unsure how to assert their rights. 

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.

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.

How a suspension in one state can affect your Georgia license

Just about every state refers to driving as a privilege, not a right. As such, each driver is held to high standards when it comes to their conduct behind the wheel. Everything from failing to yield to traffic to more serious crimes, like drinking and driving, can lead to consequences that can include fines and even the suspension of your license.

Is the bacteria in your belly brewing beer?

Most people know that when we eat or drink something, the bacteria in our digestive tract break it down into usable energy. In most cases, the worst people have to worry about is getting heartburn or gas after eating. But what if the food you ate turned into ethanol instead of energy? What if you were not aware this was happening and you decided to drive?