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Georgia Arson Laws

Police might arrest you for arson in Georgia if they believe you intentionally started a fire or set off explosives that damaged someone else’s property. The most important thing to remember about Georgia’s arson laws – and all arrest scenarios – is to remain silent until you have an attorney present. Anything you say during…

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Is DNA Evidence Foolproof?

DNA evidence is arguably the most important development in forensic science of the last century. Law enforcement officers and criminal investigators have access to a wide array of scientifically backed evidence-gathering techniques to more accurately charge and convict offenders. While DNA evidence may seem inarguable in some cases, it’s vital to remember that DNA evidence…

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What is Double Jeopardy?

Many Americans may be familiar with the concept of double jeopardy as a plot device in movies and television shows, but it’s important to have an understanding of how this legal concept works in the real world. “Double jeopardy” refers to an individual facing criminal prosecution for the same charges twice. There are some exceptions,…

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What Is Admissible Evidence?

In the legal world, evidence is a crucial concept. Evidence pertains to any material that provides insight into the truth of a matter in court. While this sounds straightforward, the concept of evidence in practice is complex. The issue of admissibility comes into play because the justice system aims for impartiality and due process, or…

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How Do Alibis Work?

Whenever a person faces criminal charges, he or she may rely on the trial process, witness statements, and provided evidence to establish his or her innocence. An alibi can provide a much speedier and more secure resolution, but it’s vital to know what elements comprise a solid alibi and understand how alibis work in the…

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What Is Perjury?

The ultimate goal of the justice system is to uncover the truth in every case, and perjury directly interferes with that goal. The term “perjury” describes any lying, concealment, or other effort made to conceal the truth of a matter. Perjury led to the impeachment of a sitting United States President in the 1990s after…

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An Overview of Criminal Appeals

If a criminal trial ends in a not-guilty verdict, it’s typically the end of the case. The prosecution does not have the ability to appeal an acquittal. If, however, the defendant receives a guilty verdict, he or she may be able to file for a criminal appeal. A criminal appeal is when the convicted criminal…

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What is a public defender?

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution gives the Right to Counsel to all accused persons in criminal prosecutions. This means all defendants have the constitutional right to an attorney during criminal trials. If the accused cannot afford legal representation, the government must appoint one at no cost. The U.S. Supreme Court case Gideon…

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How Courts Evaluate Eyewitness Testimony

In the justice system, eyewitness testimony plays an important role in the determination of guilt. Jurors trust the firsthand accounts of people who experienced the event, and lawyers love to use that trust. Unfortunately, human memory is imperfect and eyewitness testimony does not always provide the unquestionable proof people expect. Why Juries Trust Eyewitness Testimony…

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Comparing Juvenile and Adult Proceedings in Georgia

Georgia’s juvenile justice system dates back to the early 1900s. Instead of trying children as adults, the system recognizes that children and teenagers think and act differently than fully developed adults. It is largely rehabilitative in nature rather than punitive and offers many protections and alternatives adult proceedings do not. Age and Juvenile Justice In…

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