Jeffrey E. Johnston

January 2019 Archives

Ruling could point to greater protection for mobile phones

For many in Georgia, tips on technological security can be important to protect personal privacy. National news stories about the breaches of data linked to large tech companies or the expansive reach of law enforcement databases may make many concerned about the amount of information they carry on their cell phones or other mobile devices. This is one reason why many experts advise people to rely on passcodes or phrases to unlock their mobile phones rather than many of the newer biometric options like fingerprint recognition, iris unlocking or facial identification software.

Book examines inequality in misdemeanor system

Some people in Georgia assume that facing misdemeanor instead of felony charges means that the consequences of conviction will be relatively light. However, in a book called "Punishment Without Crime," former federal public defender Alexandra Natapoff looks at the high cost of misdemeanor convictions.

Study suggests higher car accidents risks for drivers with ADHD

Drivers in Georgia with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder might face bigger challenges when trying to pay attention in traffic. The neurological disorder impairs their ability to maintain focus, control impulses or resist talking and fidgeting. These problems could interfere with safe driving, and a study of drivers with ADHD who were involved in car accidents linked medication to lower rates of crashes.

Definitions of assault and battery in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, a person can be charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, without even touching another person. A violent threat is sufficient for a charge of simple assault. Simple battery involves making contact with the other person. The contact must be deliberate and provocative or insulting or must cause harm on purpose. Simple battery is also a misdemeanor.

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