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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.

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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.

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?

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.

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.
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