Possession of marijuana in Georgia remains illegal despite recent legislation regarding medicinal marijuana. Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor offense. However, marijuana charges can be much more serious. Such examples would be Possession of More than One Ounce, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Sale of Marijuana, or Manufacturing/Growing Marijuana, all of which are felony charges. Penalties Possession of Marijuana less than one ounce is considered a misdemeanor and can be punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and 12 months in jail. Further, judges typically impose extra penalties. Some common [...]
One of the biggest regrets that we commonly see in our DUI cases here at Cansino Blanchette Law Firm is our clients not understanding what exactly is happening when they are pulled over by a police officer. We know that the whole process can be scary and intimidating, but you DO have rights that can help you win your DUI case! The good news about DUI stops is that they are mostly predictable in the pattern and manner in which they will be handled! With that in mind, we hope to better explain some of the steps and choices that [...]
Understanding a DUI, the FAQ’s: Let’s get right to the point. Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, is a criminal charge that no one ever wants to deal with. A DUI charge can have a massive negative impact on you, your family, and potentially even friends and colleagues. The criminal nature of getting a DUI can cause problems for someone for the rest of their life, whether it’s trying to get a job, needing their license to use a car for family transport, or applying for U.S. citizenship; the list is endless. That’s why Cansino Blanchette Law Firm, LLC specializes [...]
PICTURE COURTESY OF: thedorkfishexpress.blogspot.com 1. NEVER try to turn around to avoid a roadblock. One of the surest ways to get yourself into trouble is to try to pull a U-turn or duck off onto a side street once you visibly see a roadblock. Police know what you’re up to, and often they are already prepared for people who try to give roadblocks the slip. They will see you and you’re almost certain to get pulled over. Even if you are completely sober, it’s in your best interest to follow through the roadblock rather than try to pull a [...]
The term felony, in some common law countries, means a serious crime. The word originates from English common law (from the French medieval word « félonie »), where felonies were originally crimes that involved confiscation of a convicted person's land and goods. Other crimes were called misdemeanours. Many common law countries have now abolished the felony/misdemeanour distinction and replaced it with other distinctions, such as between indictable offences and summary offences. A felony is generally considered a crime of high seriousness, while a misdemeanour is not. A misdemeanor (also spelled misdemeanour) is any "lesser" criminal act in some common law [...]
Criminal law is the body of law that relates to crime. It regulates social conduct and proscribes whatever is threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people. It includes the punishment of people who violate these laws. Criminal law varies according to jurisdiction, and differs from civil law, where emphasis is more on dispute resolution and victim compensation than on punishment.