"So how often does a lab reverse those field test findings? A lot more than you might think. The FOX 5 I-Team obtained every negative drug test report from the GBI Crime Lab in 2017, then researched to find out how many of those cases began with a positive NIK test. We confirmed 145 false positives, wrongly implicating Georgians of all races in all parts of our state. The field tests got it wrong 11 times for heroin, 24 times for ecstasy, 40 times for cocaine and 64 times for methamphetamines. The remainder involved false positives for other drugs like fentanyl, amphetamines, and codeine." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #Savannahlaw #druglaw ... See more
The FOX 5 I-Team reveals a field drug test kit popular among law enforcement officers actually turned out to be wrong more than 140 times across our state.
"[Y]ou just have to say, for example, "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over." Then the program pauses music you may be playing, turns down the brightness on the iPhone, and turns on "do not disturb" mode. It also sends a quick text to a predetermined contact to tell them you've been pulled over, and it starts recording using the iPhone's front-facing camera. Once you've stopped recording, it can text or email the video to a different predetermined contact and save it to Dropbox." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #policeencounters #bodycams ... See more
It also sends a quick text to a predetermined contact to tell them you've been pulled over, and it starts recording using the iPhone's front-facing camera. Once you've stopped recording, it can text or email the video to a different predetermined contact and save it to Dropbox.
"Diversion programs [...] raise a host of legal and ethical questions, including whether they create an uneven playing field for criminal defendants, with those able to pay gaining an advantage over those who cannot, and whether they create financial incentives for prosecutors to dispose of cases in ways they might not otherwise." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #Savannahlaw #diversion #criminallaw #pretrialdiversion
The programs raise legal and ethical questions, including whether they create an uneven playing field for defendants and financial incentives for prosecutors to dispose of cases in ways they might not otherwise.
“While state and local law enforcement officers are indeed permitted to cooperate with federal authorities, and specifically with ICE, there is no authority for the cooperation to extend” to arrests, the court concluded. #CRMlaw #lawfirm #immigrationlaw
New York law enforcement officers cannot arrest undocumented immigrants on behalf of federal authorities, a Brooklyn appeals court ruled Wednesday — a decision immigration advocates touted as a “critical” deterrent to the “Trump deportation machine.”
"It is true that probation is typically preferable to imprisonment. However, people convicted of felonies spend, on average, over six years on probation in Georgia. The lengthy supervision terms contribute to high rates of recidivism, given the risk of a simple mistake during this time, like a failed drug test, new offense, or the inability to pay fees and fines that are a condition of probation. A Pew study found that probation revocations accounted for 55 percent of all prison admissions in Georgia." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #GAlaw #probation ... See more
Charles “Skip” Eckartz, a 63-year-old disabled veteran, and his wife, Virginia “Ginny” Eckartz, were arrested in their Georgia home for manufacturing marijuana. They were incarcerated for five days until Ginny was able to use the small inheritance she’d received after her mother’s death ...
"More than 20,000 Breathalyzer tests might be tossed out after it was discovered the machines were apparently not properly calibrated." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #DUILaw
More than 20,000 breathalyzer tests might be tossed out after it was discovered they were apparently not properly calibrated.
For all who have and continue to faithfully serve our country and ensure our freedoms, thank you! #neverforget #100yearsWWI #veteransday #thankavet
"Marsy's Law, a controversial effort to define crime victims’ rights through amendments to state constitutions, won handily in six states on election night, even though it has been successfully challenged, amended, or blocked in several other states that have adopted it." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #GAlaw #Marsyslaw
As in Louisiana, Oregon’s practice is rooted in its own rich history of white supremacy.
"If our goal is not a better system of mass criminalization, but instead the creation of safe, caring, thriving communities, then we ought to be heavily investing in quality schools, job creation, drug treatment and mental health care in the least advantaged communities rather than pouring billions into their high-tech management and control." #CRMlaw #lawfirm #massincarceration
Recent criminal justice reforms contain the seeds of a frightening system of “e-carceration.”
More than a million people regained their right to vote in Florida last night. #votingrights
The victory means more than 1 million people will regain the right to vote.