You may have heard reports on the news about suspects who have been charged with aggravated crimes. It is rarely clarified, though, what exactly this means. How is an aggravated assault different from or worse than a regular assault? There are several factors that determine whether charges are upgraded to aggravated, and if you are facing such charges, you should understand the reasoning. These are a few of the most important things to consider.
If you've ever been accused of committing a crime, you know how important it is to count on the system to work like it should. If a case goes to trial and you are tried before a jury of your peers, you need to know that you are getting a fair, unbiased shot at proving your innocence. The same applies if you are asked to be on the jury for a criminal or civil case. That's why understanding the jury selection process is so crucial.
You may remember hearing about a New York woman who was charged with a DUI that she said was because her body created beer. Her blood alcohol level was 0.40, her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot. She insisted that she had not had a drink for hours. The police took her to the hospital, because a 0.40 blood alcohol level is considered life-threatening. It was determined that the woman suffered from auto-brewery syndrome, and her case was dismissed after the judge received evidence that she suffered from a medical condition which raised her blood alcohol levels.
Falling behind on child support can be a serious problem. It can lead to court costs, driver's license suspension and jail time.
In some cases, it may be possible to avoid falling behind on child support payments by seeking a timely modification from the court.
Postal carriers, UPS drivers, contractors and other workers who need to go onto the property of others to do their jobs face a daily risk for injuries from dog bites. So what works and doesn't work to protect yourself?
Two things that don't work are carrying treats for the dog and running away from it. Dogs are territorial, and an animal who feels threatened by you is more likely bite your hand than accept a treat. Running away from a dog will simply induce it to chase you.
You may have heard that the property you bring to a second marriage will still be yours in the event of a future divorce. Unfortunately, this isn't always true.
It is a general rule that assets acquired before your marriage are your separate property, while assets accumulated during your marriage are marital property and are subject to equitable division. However, there are many things that can happen during your marriage that can cause separate property to become marital property.
Neglect and abuse of seniors in nursing homes happens more often than we would like to think. Unfortunately, family members often fail to see warning signs that their loved one is not receiving proper care.
Here are five signs of nursing home neglect or abuse:
Some people think that filing for divorce before their spouse will give an advantage. In reality it may not. Announcing your intention to divorce your spouse by having a sheriff's deputy deliver a divorce complaint could be the beginning of a long, difficult and costly divorce proceeding.
If you think a divorce is in your future, your first step should be to a consult with an attorney before you take any actions that cannot be undone.
Georgia law is gender neutral when determining who should have primary child custody-the father or the mother. Instead, courts look to the relationship each parent has with the child. However, there are times when fathers need a little help to obtain their rights.
For example, if you father a child out of wedlock, you won't have any parental rights until you establish paternity (known as legitimation in Georgia).
An increasing number of Georgia children are born to unmarried parents. Fathers can have a positive and loving relationship with their children whether they are married to the mother or not. Unfortunately, that relationship can come to an abrupt halt if the mother cuts off visits or moves out of state.
Unmarried fathers in Georgia do not automatically have parental time-sharing or decision-making rights. To establish your rights as the father, you will need to establish paternity. In Georgia, this process is known as legitimation.