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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. 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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Rideshare car accident involving Lyft or Uber driver with injury

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.

Santa-Running-on-the-Beach-iStock-499694586-1024x683-12020 has kicked off the start of a new normal for America in a variety of ways. However, some things never change, and that includes Labor Day sales. As you likely know, shopping for gifts during December is a chaotic and stressful time for all – during a year where we have experienced much more stress than normal! Why not skip the chaos and take advantage of the many deals at your fingertips this Labor Day weekend? Your family will be thrilled with their new gifts, and you’ll be happy you knocked out your Christmas shopping early!

Believe it or not, the unofficial end of summer is just around the corner – Labor Day is this coming Monday, September 7. Although a large Labor Day gathering might not be a good idea this year, now is the perfect time to rake in plenty of savings from holiday sales. While most Americans begin their Christmas shopping in December, you’re better off skipping the crowds and getting a head start before everything is picked over! Make sure to take advantage of all the hot Labor Day offers and follow the Don Turner Legal Team on Facebook for more news of hot deals as they happen.

Be Aware Before You Shop

IMG_38641-300x200Most people know that being caught with even a joint of marijuana by law enforcement can lead to criminal charges in most of Georgia. But even if the police don’t catch you smoking cannabis, you can still be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana – even if you were not actually high at the time of your arrest. Officers must use their discretion when arresting someone for drugged driving and can make mistakes. On top of that, cannabis can linger in the body for weeks, which can negatively influence your test results and lead to an improper conviction. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and see how we can help you.

The Problem with Marijuana DUI Arrests

Georgia law forbids drivers from driving under the influence of any drugs, to the extent that it is less safe to drive or driving with any amount of marijuana in their system. Unlike alcohol, there is no measurable legal limit for cannabis in your system, and you cannot submit to a breath test to prove you were not driving while high. An officer arresting you for driving under the influence of marijuana will be making that arrest based on their observation of your driving performance, your mannerisms, and how well you perform field sobriety tests when pulled over.

IMG_37601-300x200The summer of 2020 has not been the summer that many Americans were hoping for. Most of us have had to call off their planned vacations and many popular destinations for summertime fun have been shut down for the year due to the novel coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean that the last few weeks of summer are devoid of fun stuff for you and your family to do. There are plenty of ways to make the most of what remains of the summer season, both in and around Atlanta and in your own backyard! Like or follow the Don Turner Legal Team on Facebook for more suggestions on how to spend your summer!

Summertime Fun in Georgia

There are still plenty of fun summertime activities to do this month in and around the Atlanta area. Need a little something to perk up your week? Dunkin’ Donuts is offering Free Coffee Mondays and Free Donut Fridays throughout August! Looking to calm your mind instead? Consider picking up tickets to Roots and Wings’ August Hike and Meditation in Cumming or Roswell.

IMG_35771Ah, the 1970s – back then, we were doing things totally opposite of what we are “allowed” to do in 2020. Back then, we didn’t worry about personal space, while now, space is the only focus. Right now, anxieties about COVID-19 color our day to day lives, especially when it comes to limiting the spread of the virus. Social distancing has become the new normal – you must maintain a six foot distance from strangers, and don’t even think about sharing a hug with a friend you run into in public. Don’t you wish you could go back to a simpler time, like the 70s? It was a time of free love, peace, and relaxation – and a time when cannabis culture was at its peak. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have any questions about Georgia’s current cannabis laws.

A Dope Time for Cannabis

Ask anyone who grew up in the 1960s or 1970s, and they will tell you that cannabis culture was at an all-time high. Marijuana was commonly smoked by hippies, people who embraced the values of peace, love, and community. Pop culture influences such as The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Hunter S. Thompson, and Cheech & Chong helped create a new perspective on cannabis and helped to shape the history of marijuana as we know it today. Our troops were returning from Vietnam, and they brought new strains of cannabis back home with them, influencing the marijuana market for years to come.

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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.

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