SHOULD YOU REPRESENT YOURSELF IN COURT?

“He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”  Abraham Lincoln Can a person represent himself in court?  Yes.  The law provides that anyone can be a defendant and appear pro se (without a lawyer.)  Is this a good idea?  In 95% of cases, it...

THEY DID NOT READ ME MY RIGHTS

One of the most common questions I hear from clients, potential clients, friends, and others in the community is, “Since they did not read a person their rights, should a criminal case be dismissed?”  The question is perfectly reasonable to ask.  But, the answer is...

THE PICKETT CHRISTMAS TRADITION

“Christmas is not about receiving.  It is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ; the ultimate giver.”  Author Unknown December 23, 1988 – Mississippi Delta – The Pickett family is making their normal Christmas arrangements.  Yet, they do not know that this year...

Removing the Scarlett Letter

Decades ago, our state established the Georgia Sex Offender Registry (SOR).  The purpose of SOR is to protect our citizens from sexually dangerous predators by identifying offenders that present the greatest risk of sexually re-offending. However, many people who are...

Body Language, Part II

In March, I wrote a column about how our bodies communicate more than our speech.  It is hard to believe.  But, it is true.  According to Joe Navarro, a former FBI Special Agent with decades of experience researching and observing body language...

KILLED BY GOVERNMENT?

When a criminal defendant is found guilty of murder in a death penalty trial, the jury can vote for a death sentence.  Then, a judge will sentence the defendant to death.  After years of appeals, the defendant is usually taken to the execution chamber by the...

The Power of Gratitude

1943-44 – Western Europe – The skies over France, the Low Countries, and the German homeland thunder with Americans bombing during the day and the British bombing at night.  However, during this constant bombardment, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) still has many...

Difference Between Boys and Men

“Age has no bearing on manhood.  I have seen men as young as eight years old.  I have seen boys in their 70’s.  The development of character, or the lack thereof, is what separates men from boys. ”  Author Unknown. Many of us remember the birth of a son.  I can...

Steps to Take When Accused of DUI

Drinking and driving is dangerous, hurts and kills people, and is 100 percent avoidable.  If someone is found guilty, there are other consequences such as jail time, prison time (if someone gets seriously hurt or killed), license suspensions, loss of jobs, and many...

Freedom v. Bondage

“You can choose freedom or bondage at the voting booth.  Freedom comes with the risk of individual failure.  Bondage does away with this challenge.  But, you can freely vote for bondage only once.  Elections are unnecessary afterwards.” Unknown Author People have...