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Exercise your rights

Georgia's government is tough on crime. Unfortunately, that also means that it is sometimes tough on rights. At Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, LLP., We believe that there is no excuse for violating someone's basic human liberties.

One of those liberties is your right to hire a lawyer. We understand that not everyone who is arrested in Georgia wants to do this. For some people, it may seem like it is an unnecessary step. Others may think that hiring a representative would escalate the situation. Make no mistake about it: If you were arrested in Georgia, or even if you were under investigation regarding criminal acts, the situation would probably already be quite serious. It is never too early to start protecting your rights.

What do divorced parents need to know about moving?

There are plenty of reasons you may want to move after a divorce. You might want to pursue a new job or live closer to your family. You might meet someone new, or you might just want to head someplace where you can shake the ghosts of your past.

However, if you have children, you can't just pack up and go. There are a host of things you need to consider, and you might even find yourself back in court, facing another custody battle.

Teen driver-involved crashes increase during “100 Deadliest Days”

As a parent of a Georgia teenager, you may have to adjust to sharing your car or truck with your son or daughter during the summer months. Even if you do not have kids of your own, though, you may notice the influx of teenage drivers who take to the state’s roadways once school lets out. At Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, LLP, we recognize that, as the number of teen drivers on the roads increases, so, too, does your chance of involvement in a fatal crash.

According to AAA, the number of fatal car wrecks involving teen drivers increases significantly during the summer months. In 2016, for example, the number of fatal teenager-involved car wrecks rose 14% in comparison with the remainder of the year, with an average of 10 people dying every day on the nation’s roads during the span between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This stretch of time has become such a dangerous time to be on the road, in fact, that it has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”

How much does a Georgia DUI affect auto insurance rates?

Even first-time drunk drivers in Georgia face considerable repercussions for their crimes, and if you are among those charged and ultimately convicted of driving under the influence, you can count on it costing you a pretty substantial sum. In addition to possibly having to spend time behind bars in the wake of your crime, you can also expect to have to pay hefty fines, and you will also typically have to surrender your license for a period which can make it more difficult to come up with the money you owe.

While fines and other expenses relating to your DUI charge can cost you a significant amount of money, so, too, can financing auto insurance once you have a DUI conviction on your record. According to, virtually all Americans will see their auto insurance rates skyrocket following a DUI conviction, with the average American watching their rates climb about 80%.

What is microsleep and why is it dangerous?

Have you ever “zoned out” while driving down a Georgia street, road or highway? Have you ever realized with a jolt that you have no memory of driving the last few blocks or even miles? If so, you likely suffered a bout of microsleep.

According to a new report in The Crux, microsleep is a weird state of consciousness in which parts of your brain, for short, but recurring periods, are awake and parts are asleep at the same time. Usually you are sitting down when this happens and your eyes are wide open. You look like you are fully awake, but you really are not. And you don’t usually realize you are microsleeping until after you wake up, often with a jolt.

Can you keep your body active while recovering from an injury?

When you are injured in an accident in Georgia, you may be facing a long road to recovery as you spend time regaining your strength and ability. When your recovery requires you to be immobilized for a period of time and to slowly reintroduce activity into your routine, it can be difficult to be patient. However, your commitment to allowing your body adequate time to heal is imperative to your ability to make a full recovery. 

Staying active is helpful in keeping you motivated and allowing your body to retain muscle memory. However, before you increase your physical activity, work with your health care provider to assess your progress and verify that what you would like to do will not compromise your body's recovery. According to Runner's World, as you recover from your injury, maintain your daily routine the best you can. Sticking with your daily patterns including socializing, exercising and relaxing will help your body continue to experience needed mood boosts even though you are not going at full capacity. 

How can you prevent a TBI from hurting your enthusiasm?

First receiving the news that you have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury after your accident in Georgia can leave you feeling defeated and anxious about what your future holds. Depending on the severity of your injury and the subsequent side effects, your life could be significantly altered and require you to relearn skills that were previously mastered. Despite the unsettling changes, you have the ability to overcome your perceived setbacks and continue to live a successful life. 

One of the ways that you can achieve this goal is to not allow your TBI to affect your enthusiasm and excitement to live your life. Be prompt in working with a therapist to discuss the accident that ultimately resulted in your injury. Work through the mountain of emotions you are feeling and identify how you can effectively feel those emotions without allowing them to overtake your life and focus. 

Georgia man awarded $20 million after tractor-trailer accident

On May 10 a Whitefield County, Georgia, jury awarded Donald Monroe $20 million and his wife, Rhonda Monroe, $1.6 million after Monroe lost his leg and suffered leg and hip injuries in an accident caused by a tractor-trailer.

The February 3, 2016 accident occurred when a tractor-trailer owned by Lane’s Equipment Rental and driven by Daniel McGuffee improperly pulled onto the highway, ignoring the assistance of Monroe who was acting as a spotter. A pickup truck driving on the highway swerved to avoid hitting the tractor-trailer and struck Monroe who was standing off the roadway.

New law makes Georgia medical marijuana more accessible

Medical marijuana has been legal in Georgia in some form since Gov. Nathan Deal signed Haleigh’s Hope Act into law on April 16, 2015. An even older law, passed in 1980, also legalized marijuana. But neither of these bills had practical applications to make medical marijuana widely feasible.

While the 2015 bill made it legal for people with certain medical conditions to possess medical marijuana in the form of oils containing low amounts of THC – the chemical in marijuana that gets you high – it remained illegal to grow or buy marijuana in Georgia.

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