It is never recommended to operate a motor vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, people often mistake or misjudge the amount of alcohol they have consumed at a social gathering. While every circumstance is different during a traffic stop, there are some things to keep in mind if you are under suspicion of driving under the influence by law enforcement:
In the case of Registe v. State, which was decided on the 5th of this month, the Georgia Supreme Court examined law enforcement's ability to obtain a person's cell phone communications and subscriber information without the person's consent or court order. Georgia state law already provides a procedure for law enforcement to subpoena the information but only in emergency situations.
Legal recreational marijuana laws have begun to pass in states around the country. These measures are arriving subsequent to medical marijuana laws that originated in California in 1996. Today, there are 18 states (including Washington D.C.) that allow the use of medicinal marijuana. Many residents of the CSRA are now wondering if similar laws will be found on ballots in our area soon.
The use of thermal imaging equipment with a warrant has been in practice by police officers for more than a decade, after a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kyllo v. United States determined that it is permitted for detection of marijuana grows houses as long as a warrant has been obtained. Before this case was decided officers could use the devices indiscriminately in order to show probable cause. But, on Monday the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that state law would not allow warrants for police officers to use special heat-detection devices to spy on illegal activity in people's homes. The case of Brudige v. State resulted from a pair of police warrants that were obtained by the University of Georgia police in Athens.