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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.

Reports indicate that the tests showed the presence of THC, which is marijuana's active ingredient. Police claim that the milkshake the dog had eaten contained both marijuana and methamphetamine, and later arrested its owner on Jan. 17, 2019. However, police did not charge her for possession of methamphetamine despite their assertion that it had been one of the ingredients for the milkshake in question.

Facing criminal charges can be an overwhelming and uncertain experience. Georgia defendants often feel worried about their futures and unsure how to proceed in order to protect themselves, their rights and their best interests. In order to minimize criminal consequences as well as the impact of a conviction on a defendant's personal life, focusing on criminal defense planning as early as possible can be extremely helpful.

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