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EXTRADITION IN GEORGIA

extradition You've spent four days in county jail for public intoxication. It's a minor, first-time offense for you. And, luckily, on your court date the prosecutor is in a good mood and agrees to time served and a fine. You'll still have to plead guilty and have a conviction on your record, but you're going h...

GCIC & NCIC: STATE AND NATIONAL CRIMINAL DATABASES

gcic ncic We’ve all been pulled over by the police before—at least most of us. If you haven’t then you are a unicorn! Such a traffic stop usually involves an officer requesting to see your license and registration before heading back to his or her police cruiser with your information in hand. And, does...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WITNESS IN YOUR CASE IS A NO SHOW?

witness To a prosecutor’s dismay, witnesses in a criminal trial don’t always cooperative. A prosecutor’s worst nightmare—besides losing a case—is when a witness for the prosecution takes the stand and surprisingly testifies in favor of the defendant. It just doesn’t happen in the movies! It doe...

NOLLE PROSEQUI IN GEORGIA: WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?

NOLLE PROSEQUI A friend of a friend once told you that he had faced criminal charges and jail time but that the prosecutor nol prossed his case. He’s free, having fun and living his best life! Now, due to an unfortunate family fight, you’ve been arrested and charged with simple assault against a family member...

HEARSAY: ADMISSIBILITY OF OUT OF COURT STATEMENTS

HEARSAY In the words of trial advocacy experts, Peter Murphy and D. Barnard, “the rule against hearsay ranks as one of the law’s most celebrated nightmares.” And, it’s true! Even for seasoned attorneys, mastering the rule against hearsay and all of its’ exceptions is a difficult task. However, we...

ANIMAL CRUELTY: HARSHER PENALTIES MAY BE ON THE HORIZON

animal cruelty Many Americans equally love their pets as they do their human children and animal abuse in their eyes is detestable and downright unforgiveable. Currently, in the state of Georgia, animal cruelty is a misdemeanor and the penalty could be a fine up to $1,000.00, up to one year in jail or both. Any G...

WHO DETERMINES THE SENTENCE?

sentencing A criminal trial can be broken down into six to seven major categories, depending on the outcome—an acquittal (a not guilty verdict) and conviction (a guilty verdict). The categories are: (1) jury selection; (2) opening statements; (3) presentation of case/evidence; (4) closing statements; (5) ju...


THEFT BY TAKING & THEFT BY DECEPTION IN GEORGIA

THEFT BY TAKING There are several different kinds of theft offenses under Georgia law and each has different elements that need to be proven by the State’s Attorney to get a conviction. Such offenses include: theft by shoplifting, theft of services, theft by conversion, theft by extortion and theft of lost or mi...


Is Your Loved One Eligible for a Work-Release Program?

Work-Release Program Do you have a loved one who is incarcerated in Georgia? Is their jail sentence nearing an end? Are they being considered for parole? Maybe they have six months or so left to serve. If so, your loved one may be eligible for a work-release program, which is different than a prison work program. A wor...


Jackson-Denno Hearings

jackson denno “A defendant has a constitutional right to a fair hearing and reliable determination of the voluntariness of a confession, not influenced by its truth or falsity.” Jackson v. Denno, 378 U. S. 376-377 (1964). FACTS OF THE CASE In June of 1960, Nathan Jackson and Nora Elliot entered a Bro...

Electronic Surveillance: Wiretaps, Warrants & Defenses

electronic surveillance For most of us, when the “government” and “wiretapping” are mentioned in the same sentence, a couple of individual comes to mind—J. Edgar Hoover being one of them (Nixon, the other). We have all heard about “Hoover’s Secret Files” and numerous illegal microphones and wiretaps that H...

Theft of Services in Georgia

theft of services Remember your teenage and college days? The days when you or your peers made downright stupid decisions and that—if caught—could have landed you in handcuffs. I remember being in college and hanging out at the local midnight diner. One night, a group of other college students were sitting next ...




Criminal Charges for Bail Jumping in Georgia?

drug resources If you were arrested and made bail but failed to appear in court, you could be facing a bail jumping charge for violating the conditions of your bail. But, maybe you simply just missed your court date or maybe your absence from court was due to circumstances beyond your control. If you are question...

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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