You studied photos of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, sketched it and painted your own version. It's a really good likeness of the world's most famous painting –- so good that you hang it over the fireplace of your Georgia home and stun friends who wonder if just maybe you've pulled off a great art heist. A thief you're not, but did you commit forgery by re-creating the work of the Italian master?
We don't ever want to picture ourselves behind bars, but one day, you might find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. That's why Georgia citizens need to know what happens in the arrest process – just in case.
On television dramas about law firms, trials look so easy. After all, they are all wrapped up – from depositions to testimony to verdict – in 48 minutes.
Facing criminal charges is a difficult predicament to be in, especially when you are in a career that is in public safety. While anyone could be charged with a criminal offense, when a police officer is accused of a serious offense, this could significantly harm his or her personal and professional life on top of facing severe criminal penalties.
Whether it is a family member, a close friend, an acquaintance or a stranger, being accused of committing a violent crime against another is a serious situation for residents in Georgia and elsewhere. Charges stemming from a supposed assault and battery can put the accused in hot water, as these charges can carry with them serious penalties.
We all feel helpless at some point. When accused of a criminal offense, defendants likely believe that they do not have much of a chance to prove their innocence. They see the evidence piling up against them, they were initially taken into custody and he or she is led to believe that they must suffer the consequences of the alleged crime. However, this is not the truth. A defendant has the ability and the right to assert a criminal defense. Taking such a step could help prove one's innocence.
No one expects to face criminal charges. This can be a very overwhelming situation, as no one knows how to act or what to do immediately following an arrest and charges being filed. The evidence that is piling up against an accused offender can make them feel hopeless. However, one should not feel like they have no options, as it is possible to assert a defense when it appears at first that they have little chance of clearing their name.