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Georgia’s Cannabis Laws – New Year, New Rules?

As cities and states across the United States approve legalization of cannabis for recreational use, can Georgia be far behind? After all, with Atlanta as the cultural and economic hub of the Southeast, you would expect that we might follow in the footsteps of cities like Los Angeles and Chicago in terms of legalizing this popular substance. It’s important to know that, for most people, it’s still illegal to possess marijuana in the state of Georgia. However, [...]

By |February 4th, 2020|

Are Sentence Review Units a Way to Reduce Incarceration?

Did you know that America’s prison population more than quadrupled over the last four decades? With more communities taking a ‘tough on crime’ stance toward offenders, especially repeat offenders, the number of people behind bars grew at a staggering rate. According to the National Research Council and The Sentencing Project, “harsh sentencing laws like mandatory minimums, combined with cutbacks in parole release, have kept people in prison for longer periods of time. There has also been a [...]

By |January 28th, 2020|

Watch Out for These Bail Scams!

It seems that scammers are always coming up with new ways to con people out of money, and A 2nd Chance has been on the receiving end of some suspicious calls lately. We wanted to share our experiences with the hope that it will encourage others to be vigilant. The Fake Emergency Scam Our offices have recently fielded calls from people who wanted to confirm if someone was in jail and find out what they needed to [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|

Social Media and Defendants’ Rights

The use of social media activity as evidence has added a whole new dimension to the discovery process, and it’s widely accepted that posts, tweets, snaps and check-ins can all help build a case. But are there pitfalls to this process, and what are defendants’ rights when it comes to maintaining privacy? The answer isn’t simple. According to one Forbes article, courts today are more willing than ever to admit social media content as a form of [...]

By |January 7th, 2020|

Crazy Christmas Capers and Other Sordid Stories

We’re at the end of another year, and chances are good that you’ve seen your share of mayhem in 2019. But brace yourself! The holidays can bring out the crazy in all of us, and you may find yourself with some new clients this holiday season. Just to give you a laugh, here’s a look at some Christmastime crimes committed through the years. ‘Highly’ suspicious packages No matter how nicely you wrap it, you can’t outwit a [...]

By |December 17th, 2019|

Attorneys Get Burned Out, Too

Amid reports from across the country about attorney shortages and overwhelming caseloads, it’s not surprising that many attorneys are experiencing burnout. Like many in the “helping professions,” lawyers are vulnerable to experiencing both physical and mental fatigue. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), lawyers in certain practice areas, such as criminal, family or juvenile law, are regularly exposed to traumatic stories and must-read reports and descriptions of traumatic events, view crime or accident scenes and view [...]

By |November 19th, 2019|