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Confidential Informants

A confidential informant, more commonly referred to as a snitch, is a great investigative tool for law enforcement. Confidential informants can be used in all types of investigations, but they are, however, more commonly used in drug offenses. For example, confidential informants are sometimes hired...

Fingerprint Identification

Identifying a criminal defendant is the first element a prosecuting attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt in any criminal case.  This can be done through numerous ways.  Some defendants are identified by eyewitness testimony and DNA evidence.  Another common way to identify a criminal def...

Your Right to a Speedy Trial Explained

The Sixth Amendment to the United States proscribes numerous rights related to a defendant’s criminal trial; one of those, is the right to speedy trial.  The right to a speedy trial ensures that a criminal defendant is brought to trial within a reasonable time after an arrest.  The history of th...

Rights: The Right to Confront Evidence Used Against You!

When the Apostle Paul, on trial for various crimes, appeared at his trial, Festus said to the King, “[I]t is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die, before that he which is accused have the accusers face to face and have license to answer for himself concerning the crime laid again...

Sentencing: Probation as an Alternative to Incarceration

Some legal scholars refer to probation as a jail sentence that allows you to serve your time in the community so long as you follow the rules.  While close, technically probation is a judicially imposed “criminal sentence that, subject to stated conditions, releases a convicted person into the co...

Evidence: Chain of Custody

During trial, pursuant to the rules of evidence, only relevant evidence a be admitted.  However, as a general rule, all evidence is relevant.  This can prove to be difficult, especially in criminal cases, when time or human error become involved.  Such issues fall under what is referred to as the...

Breakdown of Miranda Rights

Miranda Rights We have all, at some point in our lives, be it television, movies, or real life, heard the Miranda Rights.  But where do these warnings come from and what do they mean? This article will outline the history and application of the infamous Miranda Rights.  Throughout this article,...

Eyewitness Identifications

The first element of a criminal offense that a prosecuting attorney must prove, is the identification of the defendant.  This identification can come about in a plethora of different ways. Physical evidence such as bodily fluids are generally preferred in the identification of a defendant.  Howev...

Drug Equal Access Rule

Imagine being the owner of a three-level town house where you live on one level, renting out the other two. One day, the police arrive with a search warrant for one of your tenants.  During the execution of the search warrant, police find marijuana, that you are not aware of, in what appears to th...

Your Right To Counsel Explained

Having a criminal defense attorney is essential to, and a right for, any criminal defendant.  But were exactly does this right come from?  The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that, “[I]n all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have Assistance of...

Prosecutorial Discretion

In our system of jurisprudence, there are always at least two parties who are adverse to each other.  In criminal law, the adverse parties are generally the State and the defendant.  Prosecuting attorneys are attorneys who represent the State (some scholars argue that prosecutors represent the vic...


Voir Dire: How is the Jury Determined

What is Voir dire? Criminal defendants are guaranteed the right to have their case heard by an impartial jury as stated in the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Georgia.  Under Georgia’s constitution, the role of judge of the law and the facts is allocated to the ...


CAN I WITHDRAW MY GUILTY PLEA?

Around 98% of criminal cases get resolved in a guilty plea rather than a trial. This is because trials are risky, and often times, the state will negotiate a plea that is in your favor, resulting in no jail time and sometimes even no criminal charges. Pleas can be a life saver for a defendant. Howev...

Different Criminal Outcomes Explained

Many clients call us wanting to know the different options they have when facing criminal charges. In this article, we will explain most of the common outcomes in a criminal case here in Georgia. What happens if the charges are dropped?  Being charged with a crime doesn't always mean your cas...

WHAT IS RESTITUTION?

You have been found guilty of the crime and not only do you now have a criminal record, but you also have to pay the victim restitution. Restitution is the restoration of something lost or stolen. It is the criminal equivalent of making the victim “whole”.   The restitution statue beg...

Are Traffic Violations Criminal Offenses?

Far too often we receive calls from clients facing traffic charges. In most cases the client doesn’t understand whether her traffic violation is a criminal charge or not.  In this article, we will give you the run-down on what a traffic violation is and how it can impact your criminal record. ...

Georgia Recidivist Statute

I often tell my clients that your criminal history is your resume. If you are constantly getting in trouble with the law, your criminal record will follow you like a shadow. Even crimes that happened 10 years ago will still haunt you today. This is especially true with the enactment of the Georgia R...

Statute of Limitations Law

When you get accused of a crime, the state is legally obligated to bring the charges against you within the specified Statute of Limitations (SOL). SOL is a law which forbids the state from charging someone after a number of specified years have passed. Most crimes have a SOL while other crimes do ...

About Attorney Michael Bixon

Michael Bixon is a life-long believer in making the best of any situation and looking forward to a bright future. He brings that same philosophy to his practice and focus in helping people facing insurmountable circumstances. For Michael, going out of his way for his clients, being available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and ensuring they receive just representation is the only way to operate his practice.

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