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Carry on. Georgia Law; Concealed Carry v Open Carry

Open carry is the right to carry a lawfully owned handgun into a public space and the handgun is visible to the public. Concealed carry is the right to carry a lawfully owned handgun into a public space, yet the handgun is not visible to members of the public.   Under Georgia law if one m...

Child Molestation

In Georgia, the offense of Child Molestation is governed by O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4. First, the person must have the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of either themselves or the child. The offender may be charged with Child Molestation when: any immoral or indecent act is done to, in t...


Kidnapping vs. False Imprisonment

The charges of Kidnapping and False Imprisonment can easily be confused as the same offense. However, the elements the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt and the terms of punishment are very different. Kidnapping is governed by O.C.G.A. § 16-5-40. Kidnapping occurs when a person abducts or ...

Georgia Rape Laws

If you or a loved one is the victim of a sexual offense, please seek help and contact your local law enforcement. There are many resources for support such as the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE. As mandated by O.C.G.A. § 16-6-1, the offense of rape occurs when there is any penet...

Pass. Fail. Refuse. Field Sobriety Test and your Rights

Pass. Fail. Refuse. Field Sobriety Test and your Rights   Drivers are more than aware that driving under the influence is illegal. Drivers should use Uber or a Designated Driver when they plan to have a drink that would make them less safe behind the wheel. However, if one should find the...

Appealing Your Case in Georgia

If a party to a case believes a court’s judgment was made in error, an appeal may be filed to have the issue reviewed by another court. It is strongly encouraged for parties to obtain a lawyer to represent them in an appeal. There are complex rules and strict deadlines to observe in an appeal proc...

Have You Been Accused of Shoplifting?

In Georgia, the offense of shoplifting is termed “Theft by Shoplifting,” which is outlined in O.C.G.A. § 16-8-14. Theft by Shoplifting occurs when a person, who acts alone or with another, with the intention of taking property without paying or depriving the owner of the property. The following...

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...


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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