When the First Step Act was signed into law by the President of the United States, the White House issued a statement that framed the purpose of the criminal justice reforms enacted into law. The White House stated, “The First Step Act will help prepare inmates to successfully rejoin society and enact commonsense sentencing reforms…

In December, the President of the United States signed the First Step Act, a criminal justice bill enacting numerous reforms to the federal U.S. criminal justice system. The two main features of the law are improvements to federal prison conditions, such as incentives for participating in vocational and rehabilitation programs, expanding good time credits, and…

Facial recognition technology is being used throughout the United States to help police solve crimes. The electronic surveillance system uses facial recognition software by checking images captured by CCTV cameras in real-time against offender databases. Increasingly, police departments across the country are using facial recognition programs to solve crimes, tapping into hundreds of hours of…

The requirements to obtain a Commercial Drivers Licenses can be expensive and time consuming. The basic steps required by every state for a driver to obtain a CDL include a driver must be at least 21 years old, obtain and hold a commercial learners permit for a minimum of 14 days, and pass a road…

So you’ve just been involved in an accident and are worried. Don’t worry, it’s natural to worry when you’re not sure about how to handle the situation. Car accidents can be stressful and are always unexpected. Even the most cautious and careful drivers can be caught in this bad situation, but we are here to…

Almost everyone who has gotten a citation for a traffic citation (“ticket”) instantly has two questions: (1) “how much is it going to cost to ‘pay the ticket’?” and (2) “how is this going to affect my license/insurance rates?” Although there is a lot of so-called “common knowledge” floating around regarding the answers to these…

In a major change to Georgia DUI law, the Georgia Supreme Court recently decided that, when a person is charged with DUI after having been read an “implied consent” notice by the arresting officer, the trial court must determine whether the officer’s request for a breath, blood, or urine sample from the driver complies with the…

With the advent of Marijuana Legalization for Recreation in other states, and for certain medical conditions here in Georgia, more citizens are at risk of a DUI arrest for legally using Marijuana.  Many DUI arrests (both alcohol and drug based) occur where there is only a marginal case for DUI, and little evidence exists that…

According to various studies, five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and…

I receive calls all the time from North Carolina residents that have been stopped on Interstate-85 for speeding.  The state of North Carolina has steep penalties for speeding and these drivers are extremely concerned with points on their license.  According to the North Carolina DMV, a driver convicted of going 15 mph over the limit…

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