Heather Locklear, celebrated American actress, was recently arrested for domestic violence and three counts of battery on police officers. The domestic violence count is allegedly towards Locklear's boyfriend.
This is the perfect example that an arrest can happen to ANYONE. An arrest can be both a terrifying and degrading experience. The consequences of a conviction can change the course of your life or your career or both. When a celebrity or someone in the public eye is accused of committing a crime and arrested, the general reaction is to be shocked and disappointed, instead of sympathy and compassion.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I strongly stand by the notion that no one should ever be assumed guilty just because he or she was accused of a crime.
Laws are ever-changing, and it's become increasingly more difficult for Georgia citizens to stay up to date. In the vast majority of my blog posts, I refer every offense to its exact definition in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.). You can also find statutes that define a majority of crimes in our Georgia Criminal Law Library. Every state has a different set of codes and statutes that define crimes in that particular state. For example, Locklear was arrested on charges of domestic violence and battery on police officers in California. Without a complete factual background, it's hard to say, but in Georgia, she would most likely be charged with obstruction, battery, or family violence.
The moment you cross into Georgia, you are bound by Georgia laws. It is easy to pass judgment and have prejudice towards “criminals” or “irresponsible people” who end up getting arrested. But as I mentioned above, an arrest can happen to anyone. Some of the crimes listed in the Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) are not what people tend to consider as criminal acts that are punishable by law.
Again, getting arrested is scary and humiliating. From the very moment that you are arrested, you are placed into the criminal justice system. The process is overwhelming, and most people have no idea of where to start or how the Georgia Criminal Process even works.
With over 50 years of combined experience, the lawyers at Lawson and Berry understand that being arrested is a devastating situation. We will work with you through each stage of your criminal case. We can walk you through every step of the way and determine which of the numerous Georgia Criminal Defenses work best for you in order to prove your innocence or to reduce your charges. Being charged with a crime is stressful and burdensome and affects all areas of your life - your career, your education, your family, etc. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in Georgia, contact our offices today.