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Criminal defense for college students may help spring breakers

Though it's late autumn in Georgia, some college students may already be planning spring break. One of the highlights of a student's year, college kids often look forward to a few fun days on a warm beach after months of studying and hard work. Unfortunately, students aren't the only ones planning for spring break, and some police departments have already suggested that students who travel to their local beaches may leave with more than a sunburn. They warn that even minor crimes and offenses will be prosecuted, creating a need for attorneys to provide criminal defense for college students. 

Some municipalities have gone so far as to suggest would-be spring breakers not come to their local beaches. They state in a curmudgeonly way that many residents and older visitors are annoyed by the students, and so they will be making arrests and issuing fines for anything they can in an attempt to discourage the students from returning in the future. They say that loud music, small amounts of marijuana and disorderly conduct will be enough to land a student in trouble with the law. 

5 Apps to use when you might be too drunk to drive

Consuming alcohol reduces our deductive reasoning skills. Studies have shown that this can contribute to a lapse in judgment when we’re trying to determine whether or not to get on the road.

If you aren’t sure if you’re too drunk to drive, here are five smartphone applications that may help.

Man refuses breath test, must present DUI defense

A young Georgia driver's call for help resulted in his arrest. The 19-year-old man was involved in a minor accident, and when he did the right thing to call and report it from the scene, he was arrested for DUI. He now finds himself facing serious legal trouble, needing to present a DUI defense. 

The man's ordeal began when he called 911 services from the side of the road to report that he had struck an unknown object, which caused a flat tire, rendering his vehicle disabled. Police responded after the driver gave an accurate location of the vehicle. When police arrived, they noted that all four tires were flat and the oil pan seemed damaged. 

Reality star charged with drug crimes after a call for help

Georgia residents may be familiar with the popular reality series "Love and Hip Hop." A spin-off of the show takes place in Atlanta, and is extraordinarily popular among viewers. Fans tune in each week to see their favorite characters navigate real life events, but recently an off-camera incident resulted in charges related to drug crimes for one of the show's stars. 

The woman, named Erica Mena, maintains a residence in Georgia. Concerned neighbors called police after they say they heard a terrible argument unfolding between the woman and her boyfriend. According to reports, she had locked herself in a room to hide from the man, who was shouting and behaving aggressively. He is accused of breaking the door down to get to her. 

Auto accidents claim innocent young lives

Georgia parents would likely admit that being involved in a crash that injures or kills their child is one of their greatest fears. Most parents go to great lengths to keep their children safe while travelling. While proper child safety seats and conscientious driving can go a long way to keeping young passengers safe, there is no guarantee of survival in a crash. When auto accidents are the result of another driver's criminal behavior, innocent children can suffer severe injury or death. 

Recently, a Georgia woman was driving under the influence of alcohol. Police state that the woman has a career as a psychologist that assists people dealing with addiction. Due to her profession, she likely had a good understanding of how dangerous drinking and driving can be; however, she chose to get behind the wheel anyway. 

Pedestrian deaths up almost 50 percent since 2009

Technological advances have increased the safety of vehicles. Cars can now sense when there is a sudden need to stop on the highway and adapt cruise control speeds to help keep the flow of traffic moving smoothly. With these and other advances we expect the number of deaths related to car accidents to decrease.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Fatalities resulting from auto wrecks are on the rise. Pedestrian deaths are an example. The National Transportation Safety Board reports the most recent available data shows pedestrian fatalities are up 46 percent from 2009 to 2016.

Georgia drivers: .08 is not necessarily your magic number

Perhaps you left a college house party, but you only had a few drinks. You feel fine, so you decide to drive yourself home. Unfortunately, your slightly-blurred vision causes you to not notice another driver as you roll through a stop sign, and you crash. In Georgia, residents may be convicted of a DUI even if their blood-alcohol level reads less than .08 percent.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol proves incredibly dangerous for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. While all states have enacted laws to punish those convicted of a DUI, Georgia's specific DUI laws prove more severe. It proves essential for drivers to only drive when their body demonstrates clear capability.

Criminal defense for college students a growing need

The new school year is in full swing across colleges and universities in Georgia. Most students have settled in, overcome their first-day jitters and made some friends. Sometimes, a group of students goes out on the town together, and unfortunately, what begins as a fun night with friends can end with a need for criminal defense for college students

Recently, a viral video showed a group of Georgia students embroiled in a clash with police officers. The video does not show the events leading up to the altercation, but law enforcement claims it all began when they told a group of students they suspected had been drinking too much to go home. Officers allege some students refused to leave and became aggressive toward the officers, and they accused some of shouting foul language. 

When should children graduate car seats?

For parents, safety is a number one concern — especially while driving. If you’ve got a little one nearing the age of two, you may be wondering whether it’s time to flip your car seat forward and see that smiling face in your rear view mirror.

However, new child passenger safety guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) may advise you hold off.

Are many Georgia nursing homes facing staffing issues?

Many things could potentially put a nursing home resident at a greater risk of experiencing negligent care. One is if the facility he or she is staying at is understaffed. Understaffing could lead to important aspects of resident care being missed or not being given sufficient attention. It also could lead to the staff that are present feeling overworked and stressed, which could make them more prone to mistakes.

A recent analysis suggests that many Georgia nursing homes may be facing a staffing shortage when it comes to registered nurses. RNs serve many important roles at nursing homes, including supervising other staff.

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