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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.

PKL-Motorcycle-Accidents-01-1500x1000-900x600-1-300x200Everyone knows that wearing a helmet as a motorcyclist is an essential safety measure – in fact, the state of Georgia legally requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. But if you are not a biker, you might be surprised to know that a motorcycle’s loud exhaust pipes are also a safety measure! The road can be a dangerous place for motorcyclists, and a rider whose bike is too quiet is in even more danger of being struck by a motorist who did not notice them. Make sure you are protected as a motorcycle rider by downloading a copy of Ride Ready. And if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the Don Turner Legal Team today for a free virtual consultation.

Protection Doesn’t Stop with a Helmet

negligent-security1-300x200-1All property owners have a duty to maintain a safe, hazard-free environment for anyone invited onto their property. If someone lawfully on the premises is injured by their failure to uphold this duty, then the injured party may have grounds to sue for damages. This duty to keep the property safe extends to any criminal activity on the premises. If you were injured in a act of criminal violence, and the property owner could have prevented this with proper security measures, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team for a free virtual consultation and see how we can help you with your personal injury case.

Elements of a Negligent Security Case

Negligent security is a form of premises liability – a legal theory staring that property owners are responsible for any accidents or injuries that occur on their property. Premises liability covers a wide variety of areas, including slip and fall cases, swimming pool accidents, and accidents caused by structural defects or poor maintenance. All premises liability cases involve a property owner failing to address or warn about dangerous conditions on their property that they either knew or should have reasonably known about. Negligent security is no exception to this rule.

IMG_13331-1-179x300Today is the start of Memorial Day Weekend, a time many Americans have been looking forward to. Many of us will be returning to the roads after weeks spent in lockdown due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, many people engaging in Memorial Day festivities will be consuming plenty of alcohol, which means plenty of people driving under the influence. Police are counting on plenty of intoxicated drivers this weekend and are ready to make DUI-related arrests. If you are stopped by law enforcement while driving under the influence, you could end up paying a very steep price, even if this is just your first DUI. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, contact the Don Turner Legal Team for a free virtual consultation.

Police are advising people who plan to celebrate with alcohol this Memorial Day Weekend to plan a sober ride home or take advantage of rideshares, such as Lyft or Uber. This is advice you need to listen to, even if you do not think you are too impaired to operate your motor vehicle. The National Safety Council estimates that 366 people will die on the roads this Memorial Day Weekend. Many of these deaths will be caused by drunk driving, one of the leading causes of fatal accidents in the United States.

In fact, of the 397 people who died over Memorial Day Weekend in 2010, 40 percent of these fatalities were alcohol related. In fact, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the “100 deadliest days of driving”. This period of time is especially deadly for teen motorists, who have been consuming alcohol earlier and earlier in recent years.

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