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From Noise Call To Criminal Charges

How easy is it to get arrested for criminal charges in Georgia? It’s as simple as the title implies.  You can find yourself in attendance at an event or gathering and end up in handcuffs before the day is over.

In Recent News

You may have caught the local news reporting on a situation where a noise complaint led to the seizure of a slew of drugs and guns down in Savannah.  As it turns out, three individuals were arrested and taken into custody.

Now, there is no telling whether or not one or more of those individuals was just a visitor at the wrong place and at the wrong time.  When Law Enforcement gets involved in any kind of complaint, any observations they make following-up on a call or a complaint can lead them to take a further look. Whether that is initiated based upon something they see, or even something that they smell, they will call upon their right to investigate further. In the case of the Savannah arrests, officers noted what they observed to be narcotics, after an investigation, three individuals left that apartment in handcuffs.

Charges Based On Circumstances

While every situation is unique and every set of criminal charges is based upon the actual circumstances surrounding the arrest, in a situation like the above, you can very well find yourself facing conspiracy charges along with any number of drug charges and firearm charges.  It is advisable that you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately as you will want to clear your name.  A criminal arrest permanently embued on your record will follow you for life and this is something you want to avoid and fight head-on. So what might these charges look like?

Drug Charges

In the state of Georgia, drug possession charges fall under felony charges.  Each type of possession based on quantity and drug (marijuana not included) is governed by a schedule.  Based on the schedule applied to the possession, you can face anywhere from two years to fifteen years in prison. Any additional charges are incremental and you can face sentences as long as 20 or 30 years.

Firearm Charges

Further compounding your drug charges, if you are found in possession of an illegal firearm, that is also considered a felony in the State of Georgia.  If you are convicted of possession of the firearm, you can face up to five years in addition to the earlier mentioned drug charges. Again, these charges can be incremental based on circumstance.

Conspiracy Charges

If you are convicted of Conspiracy to commit a crime in Georgia, in the case of the Felony mentioned above, you can face anywhere from 1-10 years. Sentencing, fines, and penalties are based on the circumstances surrounding the case and no two cases are alike. This blog does not constitute legal advice but provides a basic outline of information. For in-depth legal advice, it is best to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Facing Charges In Cobb County?

If you are facing charges in Cobb County, contact my office to learn more about how I may be able to help you.

By : Cobb Defense | December 14, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Do I Have to Take the Stand at My Criminal Trial?

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Despite what many people assume — arguably the result of popular television shows and other media — it’s quite rare that a criminal defendant will take the stand in their own case. Not only is it not necessary, but it also has the potential to radically damage the case. Here’s what you need to know about testifying under oath at your trial and how an experienced defense attorney can protect your rights. 

Cross-Examination Is Usually a Poor Defense Strategy 

One of the riskiest moves in a criminal case is being cross-examined by the prosecution, however, this is exactly what happens when you testify in your own defense in court. If the other side is able to make you look flustered or nervous, the jury may automatically assume that you’re lying — even if the attorney asking you questions is clearly being aggressive and trying to get a rise out of you. 

Telling the Jury You’re Innocent Isn’t a Requirement 

Many defendants mistakenly assume that if you’re innocent, you have to take the stand and say it under oath. However, this isn’t true. In a court of law, you are considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt as a result of evidence brought forth by the prosecution, who is responsible for the burden of proof in criminal cases. 

Jurors May Begin to Have a Different Perception of Which Side Should Bring Proof 

If you decide to take the stand in court, you may end up unknowingly causing the perceptions of the jurors of which party should show proof to change. Jury members may start to think that you have the responsibility to prove your innocence when in reality, you only need to refute the evidence brought by the prosecution. 

An Alternative Criminal Defense Tactic 

A different — and arguably better — criminal defense strategy is to take steps that weaken the prosecutors’ case against you. For example, if they have a key piece of evidence that was obtained against you, having this dismissed will leave them with little to show that you actually did commit the crime. 

Get the Legal Help You Need Now From an Experienced Marrietta, GA Defense Attorney 

Waiting too long after being arrested for a criminal offense can seriously impact your future and livelihood. You can’t afford a guilty verdict; contact a seasoned Georgia criminal defense attorney today for a consultation to discuss your case at 770.627.3221.

By : Cobb Defense | November 18, 2020 | Criminal Defense

What Is An Arraignment?

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An arraignment is one of the first steps of the criminal process in Georgia. Here’s what you should know about arraignments and when to get legal help from an attorney you can trust. 

Arraignments Defined 

An arraignment is a criminal hearing that takes place soon after you are arrested. At the hearing, you’ll be informed of the charges against you (which may be more than what you were told when you were initially taken into police custody) and asked basic questions about your identity and employment.

Should You Have a Lawyer at Your Arraignment? 

At the time of your arraignment, you can have legal representation. If you haven’t yet contacted your own attorney,  a legal aid will be assigned to you. In most cases, you don’t have to tell anyone whether or not you need to be provided with an attorney; one is typically present at the arraignment already. 

However, you may not necessarily benefit from having a pro bono lawyer. Public attorneys tend to be less experienced and may not have even held a position at a firm yet, which could be detrimental to your case. 

Release vs. Bail 

The second purpose of your arraignment, after informing you of the charges you face and obtaining your information, is to determine whether or not to release you from police custody or set a bail amount. This decision is made based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The crimes you are accused of and their severity
  • Your criminal history, if any  
  • Your flight risk

If you are deemed a flight risk or committed a serious crime, you are less likely to be released on your own recognizance and the amount of bail set may be quite high. In that case, your attorney may be able to argue for a lower bail amount.

After Your Arraignment 

At the end of your arraignment hearing, you will be given a document that lists your next court hearing. You are required to attend this hearing and if you don’t, you could face even stiffer legal penalties. 

Charged With a Crime? You Need a Defense Lawyer Today 

If you were charged with a crime of any kind in Marrietta, GA, regardless of its seriousness, your future, record, and reputation are on the line. You need swift and zealous legal representation. Contact Gregory Cobb for your appointment today at 770.627.3221

By : Cobb Defense | October 8, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Computer Sex Crimes Arrest In Georgia

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Are you facing sex charges in Georgia?  Thanks to modern technology, social media and countless online forums, it has become easier to get enveloped in online activities of all sorts. It has also become easier to become the target of online sexual criminal accusations.

Whether you are browsing the internet for personal use like lingerie images or swimsuit models, it is vital to vigilan at the links that you click while surfing the web.  The chances that you could land on some type of click funnel that drags your browser into a situation that involves illegal pornography, like child porn, or underage teens is very high. Law enforcement in the state of Georgia as well as nationwide conduct a variety of operations online and their net is liable to cast you in it.

Illegal Computer Sexual Activity Online

As previously mentioned, there are any number of online undercover law enforcement agencies circulating the internet at any given moment in order to catch predators to facilitate arrests of those seeking to conduct illegal activities with underage teenager and children, and for that reason, at any moment, your click on any unknown link can lead you down a rabbit hole that can change you life forever.

If you are facing charges in the state of Georgia for an internet sex crim, your very future is on the line. Without immediate and aggressive representation, you could be facing decades in prison, fines, the loss of your family, friends, employment and quality of life. Aside from the latter, your alleged actions will directly impact all of your loved ones as well as anyone associated with you. An internet sex crime charge can end with your name on a lifetime sex offender registry.

Get Immediate Criminal Defense Help In Cobb County

Before you give up and lose hope, before you go ahead and resolve that your life is over, contact experienced Sex Crimes defense attorney Gregory Cobb. He has served the Cobb County community and the surrounding area with superior criminal defense and will fight to clear your name, attain a dismissal, aquital or reduced penalties depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. There is always hope with an aggressive attorney and intelligent strategies to fight for your freedom.

Computer Sex Crimes in Georgia

You can fall prey to and land in hot water as a result a number of online activities, especially those related to minors such as:

  • Online solicitation of sex with a minor
  • Possession of any child pornography
  • Lewd Conduct related to a Minor
  • Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Making arrangments to meet a Minor
  • Salatious material or sexual material sent to or shared with a minor
  • Explotation of Children
  • Molestation of a Child
  • Solicitation of a sex worker/prostitute

Defenses Against Georgia Computer Sex Crimes

While you are innocent until proven guilty, the fact is, cases involving sex and minors are treated quite differently within law enforcement and in the public domain. For these reasons, you need to speak with an attorney immediately.  Your conviction requires that the prosecution prove that a law was intentionally broken. Did you know that clicking on a link would take you to child porn? Were you aware that the person you were set to meet was underage?

Unfortunately for you, it is much easier to prove that you are guilty and therefore, you should never speak to any law enforcement without an attorney present. Your words and actions can and will be used against you. In a large number of cases, the person charged is not even the owner of the computer or wasn’t even aware that such information or content was downloaded onto their computer or exists in the browser history. In addition, a mistaken link click that downloads malware containing such content could easily be loaded onto you computer without your knowledge.  Get ahead of your defense by speaking to a Cobb County Criminal Defense Attorney today and get the help and support that you and your family will need during this difficult time.

By : Cobb Defense | August 28, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Protesting In Georgia

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Am I Allowed To Protest In Georgia?

The First Amendment allows you to have the right to free speech as well as to protest peacefully (peaceful assembly) and while this is your right; it is important that you understand that the same amendment that allows you the freedom of speech, peacefully protest and address the government with your concerns, also allows law enforcement to maintain reasonable regulations during times of protest.

What Is Considered A “Peaceful Assembly”?

Under the law, peaceful assembly covers a variety of activities. So what actions does it cover?

  • Giving and Making Speeches
  • Holding peaceful rallies
  • The ability to picket
  • Passing out flyers
  • Collect signatures for your cause

The activities that are allowed under the First Amendment exempt any language the incites violence, intents to cause harm, or violate any laws. Provocative speech or text that instigates violence or harm is illegal.

Where Can I Peacefully Assemble?

Peaceful assembly locations depend on the state and are generally regulated through different local government agencies on the local level. In the state of Georgia, you can generally exercise your right to peacefully assemble on sidewalks, in public parks, and other public locations. In some cases, you may be required to obtain a permit, and not doing so would be illegal.

What You Are Not Allowed To Do

The First Amendment does not protect you if your speech incites, instigates or intends threats of violence, violation of laws, harm and injury to others, and physical violence on persons or property.

Crossing The Threshold Into Illegal Activity

While protesting is allowed and you may follow all of the legal guidelines, there may be specific locality guidelines with respect to hours and locations– and even in the most peaceful of protests, if you violate those local ordinances like permits and curfews or a dispersal order, all of which can cross the threshold into illegal activity, that unlawful activity can lead to your arrest.

Have You Or A Loved One Been Charged With A Crime?

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By : Cobb Defense | June 9, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Facing Drug Charges In Cobb County, GA?

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There is a punishment range for any drug crimes are determined by the type of controlled substance (the penalty group) involved and the amount involved. There are various classifications and penalties that can range from a misdemeanor to felonies.

Proof Of Possession For Drug Charges in Georgia

To prove the offense of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, the State must prove, in addition to possession, that the accused intended “to transfer, actually or constructively, to another a controlled substance.” Intent to deliver a controlled substance can be proved by circumstantial evidence, including evidence regarding an accused’s possession of the contraband.

Defense Strategies for Drug Charges & Drug Crimes

Although every case is different, your defense strategy for challenging your drug crime charges will depend on:
Investigations surrounding the circumstances of your drug charges and arrest. Did the police have reasonable suspicion to pull you over or search your house? An argument for unlawful search and seizure can be made in many cases. If a judge finds that the police seized evidence in violation of your constitutional rights, the evidence will be suppressed and your case will be dismissed.

Evaluating The Charges

Evaluating the nature of the drug charges. Whether or not you were actually in possession of illegal drugs turns on whether you exercised care, custody, or control over them. In many cases, the police cannot establish affirmative links between the seized controlled substance and the person accused of possessing them.
Why Do You Need a Defense Lawyer For Drug Charges?

If you are in Cobb County or surrounding counties and have been charged with possession of a controlled substance, or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, you will need an experienced Drug Charges Defense Attorney.

Get Help With Your Cobb Drug Charges Today

Contact an experienced drug defense lawyer to provide you with legal advice and representation in a Georgia court of law.  We have handled drug cases like yours and will be able to create a strategic drug charge defense for your case. Contact our office today for assistance.

By : Cobb Defense | April 11, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Were You Charged With Reckless Driving?

Are There Defenses To Reckless Driving?

Did you receive a citation for reckless driving in Georgia? Not only could you be facing charges, but you may also have to deal with the expansive cost of added penalties. So what defenses might your criminal defense attorney use to defend you?

You Were Not Driving The Car

First things first, in order to be convicted of reckless driving, Cobb County law enforcement must actually prove that you were the driver of the vehicle. In common practice, law enforcement would testify that when they approached the vehicle, you were the individual sitting on the driver’s side of the car.

This may seem cut and dry, however, in the event of a motor vehicle accident, lines get blurred and it is entirely possible that the officer was mistaken as the vehicle may have been vacated prior to the officer’s arrival. In this case, it is possible that law enforcement did not witness the actual accident.

If you and your passenger were taken from the scene for medical care, no one would have been in the driver seat at the time of the officer’s observations of the accident scene. Any information received may have come from a witness and that can be challenged.

 

Improper Calibration Of Radar Equipment

Law enforcement must attest to the fact that their equipment has been properly cared for, maintained, and correctly calibrated and working at the time it was used and resulted in a stop.  Your attorney will be able to question law enforcement about how accurate their equipment is and it is possible that the result of that radar scan may not go on the record.  Law enforcement does a great job of enforcing the law however, they may not have a technical team supporting preventative maintenance and repairs on their equipment, therefore, it is not likely that they can answer your attorney’s questions in a manner that would harm you, in other words, the radar can be challenged in court and may be successful.

Urgent Family Matter

Every family will face an emergency and in those times of need, one may operate a vehicle with an urgency that is liable to result in a reckless driving charge.  If you were en route to a medical facility or another emergency, you may be able to find some legal reprieve as it provides a reasonable explanation for the urgency of your speed and the reckless driving.

Contact an Attorney

Reckless driving is not a simple speeding ticket, it \is a mile more previous and can be accompanied with added fines and penalties.  It is important to understand how to defend yourself.  Get compassionate and experienced legal guidance, call our office today.

By : Cobb Defense | March 11, 2020 | Criminal Defense

What Happens If You’re Pulled Over By Law Enforcement?

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A law enforcement officer pulling you over is a jarring experience to say the least. Regardless of how old you are or how long you have been driving, the physical act of being pulled over by a police siren and flashing lights is nothing to look forward to. Here’s what you need to know about what you can and cannot do during a traffic stop.

Do Not Dispose Of Anything By Tossing It Out Of The Car Door Or Window

First, it should go without saying; when you have been pulled over and have reached the stop point, do not open your car door. The latter is for your own safety. You may feel the need to open the car door and step out to speed the process up, or simply attempt to do it out of habit. Refrain from opening the car door, the same goes for opening the car door to toss a wrapper or the like, it can wait.

Likewise, there is no need to pull down your window to throw anything away, be it a gum wrapper or a toothpick. Any sudden movement on your behalf and you will draw unnecessary suspicion to yourself regardless of whether it is warranted or not. Once you have pulled into the shoulder or a safe space, the only thing you need to be doing is waiting patiently for the officer to initiate communication.

Stay Calm And Leave Your Hands On The Wheel

Law enforcement will approach your vehicle at their leisure, those few seconds or even minutes may seem like a lifetime. However long the officer takes to get to your vehicle, you need to have your hands visibly on the wheel so as to show cooperation as well as for your own safety. Once the officer instructs you to roll your window down (if you have not already done so) he or she will provide further instructions. License and Registration will likely be requested, at that point you can as to retrieve your documents. It is important to let the officer know that you are reaching in your back pocket, purse, glove compartment, etc. The officer needs to feel safe as you move within your vehicle.

Less Is More

Law enforcement may try to fish information out of you. It is not your job to prove to the officer that whatever his or her suspicion is of you is correct. Whether he or she suspects that you are driving under the influence or are impaired in anyway, that is the officer’s job to prove. They may ask you various questions in order that you may disclose something that can later be used against you. You can tell the officer that you do not wish to comment and this answer of course is to be utilized with common sense. You do need to be cordial and cooperative but not to your own detriment.

Do Not Resist

You will often have hear or seen a movie where the person that is pulled over tells the officer that they do not wish to have their vehicle searched. In some respects, this is true, you can decline a vehicle search but law enforcement may claim to have probable cause. In this case, an officer may actually go ahead and search your vehicle. Make sure that you let the officer know that you do not consent to the search but do not resist the search. The same is true if law enforcement decides to arrest you. You must remain calm and cordial and not resist for your own safety and for the future of your criminal case as well.

Cobb Criminal Defense has experience handling traffic related offenses including, DWI, DUI and the like. Should you be facing criminal charges, it’s important to speak to a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. For immediate assistance, contact our office today.

By : Cobb Defense | February 16, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Reckless Driving In Georgia

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Have you been accused of reckless driving in Cobb County?

Reckless driving is a serious and often costly offense. In addition to facing criminal charges, you may also be subjected to hefty fines, penalties and even jail time.  Your charges will ultimately depend on the circumstances surrounding your case.  Was there alcohol or controlled substances involved? Were there children in the car? Aside from a reckless driving charge, there may often be additional charges resulting from the initial stop.  

Defend Yourself Against Reckless Driving Charges In Georgia

It is important you equip yourself with the information that you will need in order to defend yourself.  It is vital to speak to a Criminal Defense Attorney immediately to begin mounting your defense strategy.  So how can you defend yourself against Reckless Driving Charges in Georgia?

Let’s look at some options for your defense

You were not the operator of the motor vehicle in question.

The burden of proof rests on law enforcement.  Law enforcement must provide evidence that you were actually in the driver’s seat and the officer would have to testify as such.  If your reckless driving charge was a result of a driving incident or accident, the likelihood that the officer actually saw you behind the wheel is not likely at all. In fact, it can be argued that you were not in control of the vehicle.

Improperly Calibrated Radar

Often, law enforcement may interpret speeding as Reckless Driving.  The fact is that you don’t know what law enforcement officers will be on the road or what their individual perception of Reckless Driving is despite any pre-requisites in the law for what constitutes Reckless Driving.  A speeding ticket, while serious, may not be as grave as an actual Reckless Driving charge.  If a police officer utilized any form of radar equipment, the burden of proof is on them to show that that equipment has been continuously maintained, updated, and calibrated correctly.

It can be argued in your favor that the equipment was not properly calibrated and requesting an expert from the police department to testify can be quite a disturbing tool to use in your defense. Often, an officer has not had extensive training or re-training on calibrating the radar, nor did they build the equipment and it is very likely that they will not be able to answer questions as to how the atmosphere or general weather (wind, precipitation, etc.) could have affected their readings.

Contact Cob Criminal Defense

It is critical that you understand that a Reckless Driving charge in Cobb County or in the state of Georgia for that matter is NOT the same as a speeding ticket.  This is a serious offense and you will need a serious defense.  Call my office today and learn how I can help you fight these charges.

By : Cobb Defense | January 16, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Marijuana Possession

Were you arrested for Marijuana Possession in Georgia?

There are various fines and penalties associated with a possession charge, all of which depend on the level of offense and quantity of possession. In the state of Georgia, Marijuana is considered a controlled substance and is governed by Georgia Code 16-13-1. While there are states in the US that are moving towards legalizing Marijuana, often for medicinal purposes, in the state of Georgia, the possession of Marijuana constitutes a crime. 

Personal Use & Driving Under The Influence Of Marijuana

Regardless of whether you have marijuana on your person for personal use, or have been pulled over and have been found to be under the influence of marijuana, you can be charged with a crime.  Driving under the influence of Marijuana is considered a DUI Charge and carries serious fines and penalties.

What Are The Penalties For Marijuana Possession?

In the state of Georgia, there is no difference between possessing marijuana for personal use or possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it. For the purpose of allocating your charges and sentencing you, one class of possession is not different than the other. Possession is possession regardless of the purpose.

Quantity In Possession

If you are found with up to ten pounds of marijuana, you can be charged with a felony charge and face a possible sentence of up to ten years in jail.  The sentence, fines, and penalties are incremental with add-on offenses and can be more severe if:

  • there is a minor involved
  • the offense occurred in a drug-free zone
  • if this is a subsequent offense

Trafficking 

If you are found with over ten pounds of marijuana this would be considered trafficking in marijuana. The punishment is incremental to the quantity involved.  As the quantity increases, so too do the fines, penalties and jail time. In most cases, there will be mandatory prison sentencing and fines that can be tens of thousands of dollars.

Get Help For Your Defense

Your future depends on your defense.  Get ahead of your charges by getting a foothold on your defense.  Speak to Cobb Criminal Defense today and begin fighting your charges. Your future may depend on your Criminal Defense.  Call now.

By : Cobb Defense | September 30, 2019 | Criminal Defense

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By Cobb Defense
Posted December 14, 2020
When A Noise Complaint Goes Wrong

From Noise Call To Criminal Charges How easy is it to get arrested for criminal charges in Georgia? It’s as simple as the title implies.  You can find yourself in attendance at an event or gathering and end up in handcuffs before the day is over. In Recent News You may have caught the local Read More

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By Cobb Defense
Posted November 18, 2020
Do I Have to Take the Stand at My Criminal Trial?

Despite what many people assume — arguably the result of popular television shows and other media — it’s quite rare that a criminal defendant will take the stand in their own case. Not only is it not necessary, but it also has the potential to radically damage the case. Here’s what you need to know Read More

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By Cobb Defense
Posted October 8, 2020
What Is An Arraignment?

An arraignment is one of the first steps of the criminal process in Georgia. Here’s what you should know about arraignments and when to get legal help from an attorney you can trust.  Arraignments Defined  An arraignment is a criminal hearing that takes place soon after you are arrested. At the hearing, you’ll be informed Read More

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By Cobb Defense
Posted September 22, 2020
Why Should You Work With a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Often, accident victims wonder if hiring a lawyer is the right move after being injured. Here are some reasons people hire personal injury attorneys and how you can get quality legal support after being injured.  To Better Understand Your Rights After an Injury   First, it’s important that you have at least basic knowledge of what Read More