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Beach-1-300x169Don’t Let Spring Break Become a DUI Disaster!

For students around the United States, spring break is a perfect time to take a breather from your studies, relax, and enjoy yourself. It’s a perfect time to travel out of state, attend a few parties, and even crack open a few cold beers with your friends. Unfortunately, youthful recklessness, alcohol, and an increased number of travelers on the road do not mix well. Traffic accidents and fatalities spike during spring break, and alcohol plays a prominent role. About one and three traffic deaths in Georgia involves a drunk driver, a troubling fact at a time when many young people will choose to get behind the wheel when inebriated.

Even if your decision to drive under the influence does not lead to any injuries or deaths, it can still have a significant impact on your life. Georgia law is tough on those who drive under the influence, especially if the drivers are underage, and a DUI arrest can turn your relaxing spring break into a nightmare. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and see how our attorneys can help you with your case.

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Understanding First Offender Pleas in Georgia

Pleading guilty to even a minor criminal charge can have steep consequences, even if you have never committed a crime before. Fortunately, Georgia law recognizes that many first-time offenders genuinely regret their actions and are unlikely to reoffend. A single mistake does not have to define your entire life, and Georgia’s legal system offers various avenues that can help ensure this will not happen. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have questions about the different types of first offender pleas in Georgia and how they might affect your case.

Georgia’s First Offender Program

Court-house-300x200How COVID-19 Has Changed Our Legal System

It’s been a year since Covid-19 caused so many changes in our everyday life.  Let’s face it – the COVID-19 pandemic will leave its mark on the world forever, long after the virus itself has been dealt with. Vaccines are rolling out and everything is opening back up, but many things will never be quite the same. Certain industries have risen to new heights while others may never recover, working from home has become easier than ever before, and cleanliness has become a public standard. Naturally, the rise of the ‘new normal’ has affected our court system as well. Non-essential hearings and state jury trials may be back, but Georgia’s courts may still be changed forever.

You can choose not to go to the store, but you cannot opt out of appearing before a judge. Naturally, when the pandemic hit, our court system had to adapt and change to remain operational. The use of video technology has become widespread, filing documents electronically has become easier than ever, and it is now possible to fill out many legal documents entirely online. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have questions about how these new developments could affect your own court case.

Tongue-300x200Does Smoking Marijuana Really Turn Your Tongue Green?

March 17 is Saint Patrick’s Day – a day of parades, pubs, and partying for both Americans of Irish descent and those without a drop of Irish in them at all. It’s a day where festivities abound, everyone is invited to have a good time, and everything is green! Green is everywhere you look on Saint Patrick’s day – green beer, green shamrock decor, and of course, you can’t forget the green most everyone is wearing. And if your tongue is as green as everything else on Saint Patrick’s Day, that definitely means you must have been smoking marijuana… right?

Wrong. There are many possible reasons your tongue might be green. Unfortunately, many law enforcement officers believe a green tongue automatically points to pot usage. Because there is no reliable breath test for marijuana, officers will use observations about your appearance and behavior as probable cause to arrest you for driving while high, and yes, this includes the myth of cannabis turning your tongue green. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana and see how our attorneys can help you with your case.

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A Pandemic in a Pandemic: COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

It’s a sad but true fact – shelter-in-place orders may have been meant to protect Americans from the novel coronavirus pandemic, but they have inadvertently put many victims of domestic abuse in even more danger. Studies show that the COVID-19 pandemic has made domestic violence more common and more severe than ever before. Fortunately, if you are facing domestic abuse, you do have legal options that can help you. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you are facing family violence and let our attorneys get you the help you deserve.

Domestic violence has increased during the rise of COVID-19 for a number of reasons. An abuser’s isolation tactics can be harder to spot, due to social distancing becoming the norm. Economic hardships can increase tension and make it harder for the victim to leave if their abuser is the sole wage-earner in the household. Restrictions on movement can make it more difficult for a victim to get help and harder for their loved ones to realize something is wrong. This has been and continues to be an incredibly dangerous time for domestic abuse victims.

cannabis-gc54ff7575_180Is It Legal to Grow Hemp in Georgia?

Is it ever acceptable to grow cannabis in Georgia? Yes, as long as you’re growing hemp and not marijuana and as long as you have the right permits. Hemp, a variety of cannabis that is low on THC (a chemical that causes the “high” associated with marijuana) and high on CBD (a chemical that neutralizes THC) is a versatile plant with plenty of potential uses. However, growing hemp was only legalized recently, and you need to make sure you’ve filled out the correct paperwork before you even consider growing your own hemp in Georgia.

As lawmakers push to decriminalize marijuana on a federal level, and the debate over the legal status of cannabis continues to rage on, you may find yourself wondering about the legality of cannabis in Georgia. As a citizen of Georgia, when, if ever are you allowed to legally purchase and consume cannabis? Are CBD and medical marijuana legal in Georgia? What kind of legal penalties will you face if you’re caught with cannabis in Georgia? Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have any further questions about Georgia’s marijuana laws and how they affect you.

With everything that’s happened in 2020 and the continuation of events in 2021, getting hurt in a car wreck is probably not the 1st thing on your mind this year. But with the number of traffic accidents on the rise, the number of those injured are also increasing. It is now as important as ever to remain vigilant, safe, and smart to protect yourself from Covid 19 but we also do not want to forget to protect ourselves insofar as possible from having a wreck. According to this article by Doug Turnbull for the AJC, the amount of traffic deaths as a result of car wrecks increased for the year 2020 despite a dramatic reduction in the number of commuters on the road in Georgia. In consideration of this trend, it is increasingly important that we be mindful of our safety on the road in 2021.

So what do you do if you have a wreck and get hurt?

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If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of getting hurt in a wreck, there are steps that you must take immediately following the accident to ensure that your injury is handled properly. These 10 steps will ensure that you are on the right path to properly documenting and submitting your insurance claim to ensure that you are properly cared for and compensated for your damages.

Georgia Charges in DUI Arrest LawyerThe 2020 Holiday Season is among us and many of us are most certainly going to enjoy celebrating with friends and family. The Holidays are often full of excitement and entertainment and the festivities will likely continue as usual in Georgia for 2020 celebrations. Although we all will probably be implementing COVID-19 safety measures, there are other potential nightmares that we should safeguard ourselves from. Not doing so could turn the joyful holiday cheer into a nightmare before Christmas if you are charged with a DUI in GA. It is easy to get caught up in the scenery, excitement, hustle and bustle of the Holidays but it is very important that we remember to celebrate responsibly. Driving under the influence in Georgia can be a danger to ourselves and others if we truly are impaired. A DUI arrest can also result in a very costly ordeal that can not only include hefty fines, increased insurance premiums, suspended driving privileges, and points on your driver’s license but could also include jail time! Read that again, under Georgia’s DUI Laws a DUI charge has the potential to send you to jail for a period of time. Bearing all of this in mind, if you are pulled over for driving under the influence, there are certain actions you should take during this type of traffic stop. Also, if you are subsequently charged with a DUI in Georgia, you need to contact the Don Turner Legal Team for a Free Consultation to discuss how to properly handle your DUI arrest case with an experienced lawyer.

Read more about Georgia’s DUI Penalties.

What should I do if stopped for a DUI in GA?

Don’t Get Caught with Your Prescription DrugsPrescription drug charges | Georgia Lawyer Outside of Their Original Container

Let’s face it – for many of us who have to take prescription medication on a daily basis, a seven-day pill organizer is an absolute lifesaver. But while this is a helpful measure to take at home, it’s a risky choice to make while traveling. Under Georgia law, it is illegal to keep your prescription drugs outside of their original container in GA. If you are pulled over, and the police find your prescription medication outside of the bottle it was originally issued in, you will face criminal charges and need the help of a Criminal Defense Attorney. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you are facing a Drugs Not in Original Container charge and see how our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help you.

What are the Penalties for Drugs Not in Original Container?

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What if I’m Injured in a Rideshare Accident?

Move over, taxis – these days, rideshare apps are the transportation method of choice for those of us who need to hitch a ride. According to a 2018 survey, 36% of US adults and 51% of Americans age 18 to 29 have used ride-hailing apps like Uber or Lyft at least once. While rideshare services have received plenty of understandable criticism, one important issue often fails to get media attention – what will happen if you’re injured in an accident involving a rideshare driver? Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have been injured in a rideshare accident and see how an experienced personal injury attorney can help you.

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