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Criminal defense: Georgia driver charged with animal cruelty

Georgia police say that a traffic stop led to the arrest of a 37-year-old woman. Charged for failing to maintain her lane, marijuana possession, animal cruelty and more, she is currently still in police custody. It is unclear if she has any criminal defense plans as of yet.

The reasons behind the Sept. 2018 traffic stop are not readily known, although based on her charges it appears as if the driver was having trouble staying within her own lane of traffic. According to police, after pulling the woman over, she began to feed a milkshake that had been in her vehicle to her dog. Police apparently suspected that the dog had ingested some type of illicit substances, because it's urine was later tested.

Criminal defense: Woman charged with animal abuse

Georgia authorities say that over a dozen animal rescue groups are stepping in to help with the discovery of an alleged puppy mill. One woman has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty related to the breeding operation and could potentially face additional charges as police continue their investigation. Since her arrest she has posted bond and may already be considering various criminal defense possibilities.

According to police, over 500 German Shepherds were discovered at various breeding facilities. Reports indicate that many of the animals were covered in feces and had matting in their fur. An official from an area Humane Society stated that the dogs are mostly nervous around humans and seem frightened of being approached or touched.

Former worker says Disney violated employment law

Most people in Georgia simply want to go to work, do a good job and be treated accordingly. Unfortunately, many companies continue to violate employment law by discriminating against certain employees. Whether based on their age, gender, race or more, workers who have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace can take action.

Although people tend to be most familiar with the concept of gender discrimination when it involves a male boss mistreating a female worker, men can also become victims. One former Disney Cruise Lines worker claims that this was his exact situation up until his wrongful firing in 2017. He is currently in the process of suing his former employer, claiming that his female supervisor not only discriminated against him because of his age and gender, but also sexually harassed him.

Planning to divorce? Avoid these mistakes

Going through a divorce is like running a long obstacle course, but if you make a mistake it could cost you more than time. Even a small misstep can cost you some serious money.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of divorce, you could find yourself under an extreme amount of stress and your emotions will probably be all over the map. It is these two factors that often lead people to make mistakes during the divorce process.

Parental rights common family law concern for Georgia fathers

Fathers have a vital role in the lives of their children. There is plenty of evidence to support the fact that children benefit when allowed to have strong relationships with both parents, yet some Georgia fathers find they have to fight for their rightful parenting time and access to their kids. Parental rights are often a significant family law concern for dads who simply want to be with their children.

Unlike in the past, family law courts now often favor shared custody or a joint parenting arrangement. Even so, fathers will find it helpful to keep their expectations regarding custody rights and visitation time reasonable. Additionally, fathers seeking custody or fighting to protect their rights may need to separate their emotions from the situation. Strong emotions can lead to hasty decisions, regrettable words and, ultimately, an unbalanced parenting plan.

What should I do about an employment law violation?

As a worker in Georgia, you have certain rights at work. When your boss violates those rights, a lawsuit might be in order. However, before you can pursue a lawsuit against your current or former employer for violating employment law, you usually have to first make a complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. While this might sound simple enough, making a proper complaint to the EEOC can actually be quite complicated.

Your complaint to the EEOC is usually referred to as a charge of discrimination. This charge of discrimination should summarise your supporting facts for your claim. Important and relevant information you should detail in your complaint include:

  • Forms of alleged discrimination
  • Time frames of discrimination

Criminal defense: Woman jailed over cotton candy

Georgia residents often place an enormous amount of trust in the police, and rightly so. Police officers provide valuable services, but they are still human and as such often make mistakes. It is important for defendants to remember this when working on their criminal defense plans, as it is possible to have criminal charges dismissed because of police error.

In 2016, two police officers initiated a traffic stop because they thought that the vehicle's window tint was darker than permitted by law. After inspecting the windows they determined that the tint was in fact fine. However, the two officers then performed what was described as an extensive search of the vehicle's interior, although it is not clear why they felt justified in doing so. Eventually they found a plastic bag with an unidentified blue substance. A roadside test gave a positive result for methamphetamine.

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt find unique family law solutions

Few people in Georgia -- if any -- look to celebrities when dealing with difficult issues, like divorce. However, acting couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris recently settled their family law issues in a surprisingly amicable manner. Tackling tough topics like alimony, child support and child custody, the pair likely used their prenuptial agreement as a guide on certain issues.

The couple originally separated in Aug. 2017, although they did not file for divorce until several months later. Now, less than a year after their filing, their settlement was signed off by a private judge. As part of their settlement, they both waived their rights to alimony not just right now, but also in the future.

Missing overtime pay? That could be an employment law violation

You work hard, and you deserve to be fairly compensated for your time and effort. Unfortunately, many Georgia employers are eager to cut corners wherever possible, and this includes in your paycheck. If you suspect that your boss violated employment law by unfairly shorting you on wages, you need help.

One of the most common ways in which employers withhold wages is through unpaid overtime. If you qualify for overtime pay and work more than 40 hours in a single week, then your employer is legally required to compensate those additional hours. Although you might think this is straightforward, simply misclassifying your employment status as that of an exempt worker or independent contractor can easily get around this problem.

Think twice before copping that plea

If you are awaiting trial on charges on which you were arrested, at some point in the proceedings, it's likely that you will be offered a plea bargain. Whether you decide to accept the prosecution's offer is up to you. However, your decision should be based on facts and not fears.

Plea bargains are a necessary part of the criminal justice system. If every case played out in court, the criminal justice system would grind to a screeching halt, bogged down by the weight of all the pending trials. There is no arguing that plea bargains play a major role in moving justice along. But there are big problems with some plea bargains as well.

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