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In societies all over the world, people who have been convicted of murder always undergo the harshest form of punishment. Unlike other forms of crimes that involve a victim’s death, murder is treated most severely because the perpetrator willfully determines and enacts the death of another human being. Under the federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 1111, a conviction of murder can result in the most extreme form of punishment, whether that means being imprisoned for the rest of your life or facing death row.

Time is of the essence if you have been accused of committing murder. You must immediately get in touch with our devoted murder attorney so that our team can begin formulating a strategy. The Hart Law Group is ready to defend you with zeal and dedication.

Violent Crimes

Murder

Felonies

Being charged with a felony can be a frightening experience. If convicted, you could face serious consequences, including long prison sentences, steep fines, and loss of your civil rights. If you have been charged with a felony, it is important to seek the help of an experienced felony defense attorney from the Hart Law Group as soon as possible. A felony conviction can negatively impact your life in a number of ways, so you need to take swift action to protect your rights and your future.

Under Georgia drug possession laws, controlled substances are divided into five “schedules” or categories. This classification system ranks certain controlled substances according to their potential for abuse and addiction, as well as whether they have an accepted form of medical usage. Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous substances and include drugs such as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and addiction and have a standard medical usage.

Apart from the possession of marijuana, all drug possession crimes are charged as felonies in the state of Georgia. The specific penalties are determined by what schedule the drug falls under, as well as the quantity of the substance involved. Also, those who are facing a second or subsequent conviction can expect to face harsher punishments.

Being charged with drug possession is a serious matter that often leads to severe consequences. However, when those charges involve intent to sell, the alleged offender is subject to even harsher penalties. If you are facing such charges, our Statesboro, GA intent to sell lawyer can help you fight your charges and preserve your freedom. Attorney Malone Hart has successfully handled thousands of cases and knows what it takes to win.

Drug Crimes

Misdemeanors

In the state of Georgia, misdemeanor cases are dealt with very seriously, even though they are less extensive in nature than felonies. Despite the relatively less severe consequences, the long-term effects can last your entire life. For “small” charges against supposed shoplifting or DUIs, unfortunate defendants often discover that the negative impacts affect them in countless ways, costing them their jobs, their reputation, their ability to get housing, and even their time spent with their family.

Assault and Battery

If you have been charged with committing a physical crime or altercation, you are likely being accused of either a case of battery or a case of aggravated battery. Depending on the exact circumstances, you might be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor at the very least. The primary distinction is that simple battery charges are usually made when the plaintiff has sustained a large portion of physical harm, while aggravated charges are generally made if the plaintiff has lost a body part, has been highly disfigured, or is no longer capable of using a part or the entirety of their body.

There is no time to waste when you have been charged with this serious crime. Get in touch with our assault and battery lawyer in Statesboro as quickly as possible so that the Hart Law Group can defend your rights.

DUI Defense

Driving under the influence is a crime, no matter where you are. If you’ve been accused of operating a vehicle while inebriated, you will need a skilled and experienced DUI attorney to represent you in court. At Hart Law Group, we’ll ensure you get the representation you need when you’re in front of the judge. With his extensive background working in some of the best firms in the region, Malone Hart has gained a wide range of skills suitable for clients facing DUI charges.

We understand the legal system associated with DUI law, and our only goal is to help you get the best outcome possible for your case. Whether that means your case is dismissed, you get a lesser sentence, or you save money, we’ll do everything we can to aid you. When you hire a Statesboro DUI defense attorney from Hart Law Group, you get professional skill, knowledge, and representation to help you avoid those consequences.

Personal Injury

In a successful negligence case, the plaintiff must show that each of the following elements was present:

  • a duty of care owed by the defendant to the plaintiff;

  • a breach of that duty;

  • a causal connection between the defendant's conduct and the resulting harm;

  • proximate cause, which relates to whether the harm was foreseeable;

  • damages resulting from the defendant's conduct.

One of the most common foundations for a personal injury lawsuit is negligence. Negligence laws require individuals to conduct themselves in a way that conforms to certain standards of conduct. If a person doesn't conform to that standard, they can be held liable for harm they cause to another person or property.

Some common examples of personal injury cases that involve an argument of negligence include:

  • Car accidents

  • Construction accidents

  • Medical malpractice

  • Pedestrian accidents

  • Slip and falls

  • Truck accidents

Workers Compensation

Consequences of not having workers’ compensation insurance can lead to civil and criminal penalties, depending on the case specifics:

  • The employer remains responsible for covering medical expenses and benefits of an injured worker, even without the required insurance.

  • In such instances, a 10 percent penalty may be imposed along with additional costs for negligence.

  • Criminal consequences include fines up to $10,000 and a potential jail sentence of up to one year for noncompliance with Georgia's workers’ compensation insurance regulations.

Domestic Law

Domestic violence encompasses a broader scope than commonly perceived. "Georgia's Family Violence Act aims to safeguard individuals who face abuse from current or former spouses, parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other individuals residing together or previously lived in the same household." Domestic violence issues are unfortunately prevalent in society. The Hart Law Group takes these cases very seriously and acts swiftly to protect you.

Divorce

To initiate a divorce, you need to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where you or your spouse have resided for at least six months. Begin by submitting a complaint or petition for divorce, outlining the legal grounds for the divorce and the matters you want the court to address.

  • Divorces are categorized as contested or uncontested.

  • In uncontested divorces, both parties agree on aspects like child custody, asset division, and alimony.

  • In contested divorces, disagreements require resolution in court.

Hart Law Group is here to support you through your divorce process, ensuring you don't have to navigate it alone.

Custody/Child Support

In most instances, the court prioritizes the child's best interests when determining custody. Factors such as past caregiving and future caregiving capabilities of each parent are taken into account. It is essential to bring evidence to court demonstrating your ability to provide the best care for your child. The Hart Law Group specializes in navigating the sensitive and challenging matters of custody and child support with expertise and commitment.

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