Questions tagged [georgia]

Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the state of Georgia. For the country use the "georgia-country" tag.

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Own a duplex in Georgia, tenant on one side believes tenant on other dealing drugs due to traffic

I own a duplex in Georgia. The tenant in one side has notified me she believes that the tenant in the other side is dealing drugs based on the amount of foot and car traffic coming to the location. ...
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Neighbors tree starting to lean towards my house

The neighbor across the street has enormous pine trees, and one of them has started to lean towards my house. I'm spending a few nights at a family member's house at the moment. I'd obviously like to ...
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How are five murder charges used for each defendant in the Arbery case?

I saw on the news that all three defendants were found guilty of murder of Ahmaud Arbery. I watched the verdict video and noticed the charges, and became confused when I heard that they each had been ...
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Trespassing conditions on residential property

Just today, a man came partially up my driveway and into my yard with two dogs (on leashes). I asked him to please not allow the dogs to urinate in my yard, and he said he isn't in my yard. I have a ...
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Ahmaud Arbery defendants invoke Georgia State Law as a Defense in Federal Court

It is my understanding that three defendants face a Federal hate crime involving the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. In April 2021, all three men were indicted on federal charges of one count each ...
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Who, if anyone, has standing to sue over improperly-run elections?

In Wood v. Raffensperger, Wood alleged that the Georgia 2020 general election was invalid due to the defendants conducting their election-related roles in an unconstitutional manner. Like most ...
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What happens if an AirBnB contract violates the overall Terms of Service?

I've identified an unusual listing on AirBnB: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/50901269?source_impression_id=p3_1627314727_DprmH0dh%2BrK58ACR Under the section "House rules" is the following ...
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How to get a parent to pay child support?

A mother (now on probation for a financial felony) has not paid child support for years. The state child support agency checked and said she has no employment income, but she drives a new car. What ...
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Conservator Investment Possibilities For Minor (Georgia USA)

In a minor's conservatory account, it is common for courts to allow conservators to purchase low yield investments such as municipal bonds, treasury bills, money market accounts, CD's and other low ...
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Legal remedies for being banned from a school system

I was banned from a school system for providing behavior interventions to students without the administration's approval. The Board's attorney banned me using a trespassing statute. I never ...
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Can you be sued for publishing this negative review of a contractor?

Suppose that a homeowner, Bob, had a contractor do some work in his attic. There was a fire safe in the attic with a couple thousand dollars in old coins. After the contractor left, Bob went into ...
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Where is the full list of Fillings for In re: Enforcement of Election Laws in the Georgia State Court?

Background One of the many suits that the Republican party and Donald Trump filed after November 3rd in Georgia was In re: enforcement of election laws and securing ballots cast or received after 7:...
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When do Georgia State Election Board rules become effective?

A recent article in the Georgia Star (a Trump-leaning venue) claims that some emergency rules regarding Georgia's election had expired by Nov 3, because they were voted on in a July 1 meeting and that ...
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For how long (maximum) are Georgia's state election board emergency rules valid?

It's been the news in the Trump-leaning media that Georgia's RULE 183-1-14-0.6-.14 Secure Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes had expired prior to the Nov election, allegedly because no such emergency rule can ...
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Can a college in Georgia be legally required to let you have equal opportunity to take an exam when their required 3rd party software causes issues?

Circumstances: I am a Sophomore at a University System of Georgia college, and am required to take Spanish for my degree. The professor requires students to purchase a license to 3rd party software in ...
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What are the differences in child custody litigation between TN and GA?

I've put the question of child custody in TN into three separate categories: 1. Divorcing parents. 2. Unmarried parents. 3. Third parties requesting custody to protect a child. Divorcing parents. ...
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Am I subject to an "ad valorem" tax penalty for an unused, out-of-state vehicle?

I changed my permanent residency from South Carolina to Georgia on 04/21/2020, as that was when I had a Georgia license issued. I've lived in Georgia in a leased apartment since then. My car, however, ...
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Identification requirement

https://abcnews.go.com/US/white-georgia-sheriffs-deputy-beating-black-man-viral/story?id=72981224 A Lyft/Uber is pulled over for a broken headlight. Why is the passenger compelled to produce ...
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Are there any protections or policies people do differently in case of a large scale police walkout?

Recently Atlanta has begun a police walkout, in which the police in certain zones are no longer able to respond to the majority of calls. In case something like this happens where I live, are there ...
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Divorce and separation circumstances in Georgia

My marriage is experiencing tough times and the divorce issue has already been arisen for a couple of times. It's not the first time when my wife wants to file a divorce, however the first time we ...
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Divorce legal proceedings, 3rd party information

My wife has been approached by a friend who is going through a tough divorce, and has now fallen into an unofficial therapist role for this person. The things they have discussed, while not criminal, ...
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Can a person communicate confidentially with a criminal court about a sentence?

I have heard it is at least theoretically possible for a Judge in criminal court in Georgia to reconsider a sentence. If a Judge is contacted by an interested person to request such a reconsideration,...
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Are open letters protected by freedom of speech? Any court precedents?

I would like to know if there is legal precedent protecting the freedom of speech in distributing an open letter or something similar. A friend owns a unit in a condominium, and since day one she has ...
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Is it possible to request the court to appoint a public defender in a civil infraction case?

Related: In a civil infraction case, does the defendant have to turn over evidence to the prosecution beforehand? Simple parking ticket dispute. The defendant has been put through an unreasonable ...
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In a civil infraction case, does the defendant have to turn over evidence to the prosecution beforehand?

Recently I heard about the proceedings of a parking ticket infraction in the state of Georgia which had me scratching my head. A person I know filed an appeal against a parking ticket because they ...
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Can a landlord charge me for one day of unpaid utilities after my lease has expired?

My lease expired several months ago and I just received a bill via email from my old apartment complex for unpaid utility charges. Apparently my gas company started billing me for service the day ...
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Is there a legal way to opt-out of submitting fingerprints for professional licensing?

I am interested in taking the CPA exam. One of the requirements to take the test is have my fingerprints taken, ostensibly to verify my identity at the testing center. (https://nasba.org/blog/2008/01/...
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Can a landlord insist on late fee for payment mailed but not recieved

A residential tenant has an arrangement by which the tenant's bank automatically issues and mails a rent check to the landlord by US mail 3 days before the rent is due. This arrangement has been in ...
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Protect against an wrongful violation strike at apartment

My apartment complex(GA, USA) has a 3 strike violation policy. Today I received a strike. Very vague description, just the reason being: "disturbance". I left work early to speak with staff in ...
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Is there a Federal statute regarding invasion of privacy when it comes to landlords?

I am wondering whether there is a federal statute or case law that discusses tenant rights to privacy? For example, a landlord enters a person apartment without their knowledge and one of the landlord'...
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Right Turn on Red with No Sign Visible [closed]

I made a right turn on red onto a major drive in Atlanta, GA. The police officer who pulled me over wrote the wrong intersection on the ticket which did have a 'no right turn on red sign, however, ...
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Is being terminated at the end of a shift/workday illegal?

I recall some time ago finding information that an employer firing an employee at the end of their workday was considered illegal. Discussing my recent termination with a friend, that was the first ...
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Ticket Wording - tag

I received a $170 ticket for a 6 month expired tag on my car in Sandy Springs. (Miscommunication in my family about my tag - realize in the end that it was my fault for not making sure my tag was up ...
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Accident with a truck stopped on the road side to do road work with no sign

Today I had an accident with a truck stopped on the roadside for doing some road work with no signs showing that. Only the flashers were on. My question is Should that truck have had. Only the ...
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Therapist violates confidentiality. Any laws applicable?

A friend is doing counseling as a domestic violence victim at a domestic violence aid agency. The therapist recently disclosed her information, including what they have talked about in counseling ...
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Marriage certificate only shows maiden name

Before my husband and I got married, we filed for a marriage license at the court house, and it specifically had a line item for "name after marriage", in which I took my husband's last name. However, ...
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Tenant facing issues with landlord agent (GA, USA)

We recently signed a 1 year lease for a house. A realtor was representing the landlord. We moved in about 2 months ago. At the time of move-in, the realtor gave a walk-through of the house and filled ...
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Is it legal to eat or drink items before paying for them in Georgia, USA?

My wife, two year old daughter and I went to a clothing store in Georgia. My daughter was being fussy after she saw some candy and soda that she just could not wait. So, I gave her the candy and soda. ...
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Can a foreigner win small court claim in the US without appearing in court?

This question is general; the details below are given to explain the context it came from rather than to ask for specific legal advice. I recently spent one night at a hotel in Georgia, US. Before ...
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Can I pay an ex-relative not to use my family name and make it stick

I would prefer that my ex-daughter-in-law not use my family name as hers. The divorce decree says she may do so. She is motivated by money, so may be interested in changing her last name for a price....
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Ch 13 Bankruptcy: What happens if you owe too much to repay in 5 years

As I understand it, Ch 13 bankruptcy protects a person by letting them repay their debts over a period of some 5 years. What if a person has more debt than they can repay in 5 years? (In the state of ...
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Does it violate any federal or state discriminatory laws if prospect employer bases their offer on person's current salary?

There are federal discriminatory laws that prevent companies from basing their hiring decisions on gender, religion, race, etc. If prospective employer bases their decision on what a prospect ...
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Do public schools have the authority to fine parents money for being late?

My friend has a child in elementary school, and he goes to a public school. Apparently, at the end of the school day, if the parents are late picking up their kids, the school charges them $10/minute ...
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Does a school syllabus trump state law?

In my state (GA), there is a one party consent to recording a conversation. Does a prohibition on recording in the syllabus trump this? Would the school have any case against me if I did record?
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Can a landlord/property change my unit after approval?

My boyfriend and I are currently in the process of moving across the country, about 650 miles. On September 2nd we visited a property in the area we will be moving to and we really liked it. After ...
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Asbestos found in home after closing - any rectification?

The home was built in 1978. There was nothing in the disclosures and while I did have an inspection that noted flaws in the ceiling and noted the construction as drywall the risk of asbestos was not ...
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How long does it take to evict a tenant in Georgia for not paying rent?

Various websites describe the tenant eviction process (e.g., http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/understanding-the-eviction-process-georgia/peHyJ7mMgYEDVns0NXWPVI/). The eviction process includes going to ...
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Police jurisdiction outside of their agency's area

In Georgia can a municipal police officer, still in his official cruiser, but outside of the his municipality's limits, pull you over for speeding?
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Ways to speed up a divorce?

Situation: One spouse is interested in getting the divorce over with quickly, and the other spouse is interested in going very slowly. The interest in going slowly is because the status quo is much ...
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Divorce case with split custody: Age of child when he/she can be moved out of of state without consent of other parent

This question is about the case of relocating from one U.S. state (Georgia) to another (Florida) for employment reasons in a situation where The person relocating is a divorcee (a single parent mom). ...
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