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For every negative news story where police are involved, there are thousands of positive incidents involving officers.  Please take a moment today to read a positive story during our not so positive times.

What does it mean for a police officer to protect and serve? Officers have the ability to spend time in their local communities, day or night, rain or shine, to assist citizens with a range of requests. That is what it means to protect. Officers are also able to be the first ones on the scene when someone needs assistance. That is what it means to serve. “To protect and serve” isn’t just a vow for law enforcement officers. It is also a privilege. 

Today is August 1st, 2020. On this day, three years ago, I was going to stop to pick up dinner for my wife and I when I drove into the restaurant parking lot, had a heart attack, and passed out. My vehicle ran into several other cars in the parking lot while I was unconscious, and then someone called 911.

e49aaf9a-fc82-4157-a3cd-d5311f64e336-1024x608Hitting the lake together as a family is a great way to enjoy yourself while social distancing during COVID-19, get back to nature, and make valuable memories together. But boating holds many dangers that many families are not sufficiently prepared for. When the proper precautions aren’t taken, things can go wrong very quickly, and your family’s dream day on the water can quickly turn into a nightmare. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you or someone you love has sustained injuries in a boating accident.

What Can I Do to Keep My Family Safe on the Water?

Before you and your family decide to spend a fun afternoon on the water, make sure that you follow these essential boating safety tips:

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Did you know that this week is Operation Southern Shield? It started on July 20 and ends on the 26th. During Operation Southern Shield, law enforcement officers will be working to crack down on motorists in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina who are engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. This includes driving under the influence, distracted driving, and of course, driving over the speed limit. This is especially important right now – while traffic has dropped due to COVID-19, traffic deaths have not, as more motorists are driving above the speed limit. Although officers will be working hard to reduce traffic accidents this week, you should be aware of what to do if you are in a collision with a speeding motorist. If you are injured in an auto accident due to the careless behavior of another driver, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and see how we can help you.

Although it might be common to see drivers traveling above the speed limit, it’s nothing to take lightly. In 2018, one in five traffic-related fatalities in Georgia was caused by speeding. And according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is a factor in almost one third of all motor vehicle fatalities in the United States. 9,718 people across the country died in speeding-related collisions in 2018 alone – that is not a number for you to take lightly.

Law enforcement officials in the southeastern United States aren’t taking that number lightly either, especially now, when people are treating the COVID-19 induced drop in traffic as an invitation to put the pedal to the metal. This week, you can expect to see more state troopers, police officers, and deputies enforcing traffic laws across Georgia. The goal is not to write extra traffic tickets but instead to show Georgia motorists that respecting the speed limit, refraining from driving under the influence, and keeping your focus on the road can save lives. It works too – in 2019, Operation Southern Shield led to a 29 percent drop in the number of traffic deaths.

Children-get-on-a-school-bus-592x331-1We are well into July, which means most parents in the state of Georgia are well into taking care of their back to school shopping needs. Even if the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is still a concern, it is equally important that kids get back into the classroom. At the time of this writing, Georgia school districts are making plans to reopen safely, while addressing the safety concerns raised by the novel coronavirus. Like or follow the Don Turner Legal Team on Facebook for further updates on Georgia school districts reopening as they occur.

How and When Will My Child’s School Reopen?

 The Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Department of Public Health has cooperated to complete a set of guidelines to support school districts, depending on the number of reported coronavirus cases in the individual district. These guidelines are meant to allow Georgia schools to reopen, while ensuring students can enjoy a safe 2020-2021 school year. They are not state-mandated, and school districts will be allowed to use their discretion on how and when to reopen.

12329241_H23336942-300x200Many Americans have been eager to travel this summer, even as they continue to take precautions against COVID-19. But the coronavirus isn’t the only danger you need to be aware of as you hit the road. Right now, we are in the middle of the 100 deadliest days of driving– the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal accidents are at an all-time high. When a driver’s actions, be they intentional, accidental, or a result of a manufacturing defect, lead to the wrongful death of a loved one, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

A Deadly Time for Drivers

Why are the summer months so much deadlier for motorists right now? There are a variety of factors that lead to the sharp increase in traffic fatalities during this time:

DUI-Sign-300x300Many of us have misconceptions about what you should and should not do when you are pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI). A DUI is a serious offense and can have a severe long-term impact on your life if you are convicted. Knowing your rights when you are stopped for DUI could help lower your chances of facing a life-changing criminal conviction. If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact the Don Turner Legal Team today for a free consultation. Our attorneys are standing by to help and can offer both virtual and in-person consultations.

If You are Stopped for DUI, Always…

  1. Know your limits: If you feel that you are too intoxicated to drive, do not attempt to get behind the wheel. Instead, call a taxi or use a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, which you can download onto your phone for free. Twenty dollars for a ride home is nothing compared to the thousands of dollars you will owe if you are convicted of driving under the influence.

decriminalize-marijuana-2_waifu2x_art_noise2_scale_tta_1-300x166Georgia has always had strict laws when it comes to the use of cannabis. However, the Peach State has made noticeable strides with cannabis laws in the past few years. In 2015, it became legal for Georgia citizens with Low THC Registry Cards to possess medical marijuana oil, while hemp and CBD products with less than 3% THC are legal to sell and possess as of 2019. Now a bill has been introduced to the Senate which includes a proposal to decriminalize marijuana throughout Georgia. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have any questions about Georgia’s cannabis laws.

What is Marijuana Decriminalization?

Marijuana decriminalization is not to be confused with marijuana legalization. Decriminalization occurs when a state repeals or amends laws so that certain acts, while still considered criminal, are no longer subject to prosecution. As of this writing, recreational cannabis is not legal anywhere in Georgia, although possession of small amounts has been decriminalized in select cities and counties. You will still face some penalties if you are caught with a small amount of marijuana in these cities and counties. However, the consequences are less severe than they would be in the rest of Georgia.

cannabis-card-300x192Georgia has been historically resistant to any kind of marijuana legalization. However, recent laws could make it easier to obtain low THC cannabis oil for medical use, in response to a steadily growing demand in Georgia. At this writing, over 14,000 Georgians have permission to purchase low THC cannabis products – that is a 50 percent increase from last year. Although medical marijuana oil is becoming more prevalent in Georgia, registering to possess it can be tricky, and there are legal issues you need to be aware of. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team today if you have any questions about how to register for a medical marijuana card or the status of Georgia’s medical marijuana laws.

Hemp vs. Medical Marijuana – What’s the Difference?

Georgia’s Hemp Farming Act has made it legal to purchase products containing cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical which has a number of purported health effects, as long as they contain less than 3% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for the “high” caused by smoking cannabis. Medical marijuana is sometimes confused with hemp since they have similar health benefits. However, they are not interchangeable, and it is important to know the difference.

ezgif-300x199On March 14, 2020 Chief Justice Harold D. Melton signed a judicial emergency order suspending all non-essential court functions due to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. This order was recently extended through July 12, although judges are allowed to use their discretion on how to proceed when it comes to resuming in-person operations. This judicial emergency order has not stopped courts and law firms from successfully conducting their operations remotely, which could lead to permanent changes in our legal system. Our law office is no exception to this rule. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team today and see what kind of virtual accommodations we can offer our clients.

Attending Court from Your Living Room

Although businesses in Georgia are gradually opening back up, many Americans remain concerned about possible exposure to COVID-19. But while you have the option of getting your hair cut at home or ordering takeout instead of going to a restaurant, attending court is an entirely different story. You must show up for your court hearing or face consequences. At the same time, social distancing remains a concern for clients and court staff alike. So, how do you make sure the justice system proceeds smoothly while continuing to adhere to social distancing measures?

sjm-l-frijoan-1122-01_70429004-300x200For many of us, a dog is man’s best friend. So what should you do when someone else’s dog injures you or someone you love? Georgia has one of the highest rates of dog bite injury claims in the United States, and many of these injuries will require medical care. In order to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your dog attack injuries, you will need to establish legal liability on the part of the animal’s owner. That is why it’s important to know the laws surrounding dog bite claims in Georgia. If you or a loved one was bitten or otherwise injured by another person’s dog, contact the Don Turner Legal Team today and see how we can help you pursue your personal injury case.

What is the “One Bite Rule”?

Many states have a “one bite rule” for dog attack-related personal injury claims. Dogs are considered harmless until proven dangerous under most state laws. Under the “one bite rule” a dog cannot be considered dangerous unless it has bitten a person before, and the owner probably knew about this. When the dog bites another person, then the dog is considered dangerous, which means the owner is responsible for any damages that arise from this second bite. Essentially, the dog gets one free bite before the owner can be held liable.

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