The Georgia Supreme Court has issued a new ruling that may make it more difficult for prosecutors to use the results of breathalyzer tests, or refusals of those tests, against accused drunk drivers in court. A local reporter spoke with experts to find out just what the ruling would mean for drivers. In the ruling,
Arrests for driving under the influence in Valdosta County have remained steady. What has changed is the substance behind the arrests. While most people consider alcohol to be a driving force in charges for driving under the influence, law enforcement officials say that prescription drugs have taken over as the leading cause for DUI arrests.
You know that you can be arrested for driving under the influence if you are caught driving down a public road or highway. In fact, when most people think of DUI, they picture someone weaving in and out of a lane of traffic. We may even consider checkpoints and, in the worst cases, accidents. It’s
The Worth County Sheriff’s Office made headlines recently. The department locked down the campus of Worth County High School without giving prior notice school officials. No one at the school knew what was going on. Over the course of the next four hours, officers conducted a drug sweep of the campus, searching all 900 students
To be able to convict someone of a crime, a prosecutor must gather evidence that shows the person committed that crime and convince a judge and jury of the fact. There are a variety of types of evidence used in a criminal trial. In order for a trial to be considered fair, the defendant and
Until just last week, those in possession of small amounts of marijuana in Atlanta faced jail time. Even less than an ounce could land you behind bars. Thanks to a new city ordinance, any person in Atlanta that is caught with less than a single ounce of marijuana won’t be facing any time in the
When you think of police responding to a crime, you think of just that: police responding. In a typical scenario, a crime is committed, the police department or 911 is called, and officers are sent to the scene. But what if police officers could start “responding” to crimes before they occurred? Predictive policing offers just
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is estimated that nearly one-third of all women and approximately one in 12 men will have or will experience domestic violence. Even one person falling victim to intimate partner abuse is too many. There are ways that you can help combat domestic violence in your own community. 1.