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Elmer Counts the Courts

            The word “court” can have more than one meaning and you will hear it used in different ways the longer you hang around lawyer and courthouses. When someone says, “ I have to go to court tomorrow”, they are usually referring to room in a building called a “courthouse.” On the other hand, when some asks to “address the court”, they are usually referring to a person, usually dressed in a black robe. The still, another meaning comes to mind when a judge might say, “I'm conducting court tomorrow”, refers to a judicial process that lawyers and their clients have to go through in order to reach verdict or legally enforceable decision by a judge or jury. For the purpose of this blurb, I'll be talking different types of “courts” and the judge(s) who sit on the respective benchs.

            In the 159 counties of Georgia, some gal or guy seeking some justice in his or her life, might go to the Internet and search for courts with judges in their part of the woods. Even in the smallest darkest, driest, poorest, little county of Taliaferro, located  just off Interstate 20 and only a hundred or so years back down the road, even it would find no less than four: The Magistrate, the Probate, Juvenile and the Superior Courts. In some counties, superior court judges may sit as Juvenile court judges. For those of you counting,  it's around 636 very well paid, local county judges at a minimum, because some larger counties have more than one judge seated in each court.  Somewhere, maybe nearby or not so close there will also be U.S. District Court (Life-time appointments) handling federal matters occurring in that county. Now that doesn't count the judges sitting full or part-time in the few hundred municipal (city) courts,  mind you.

            In larger counties, you will have all of the above, but additionally, you might find State Courts, Business Courts, Family Courts, DUI Courts, Drug courts, Veterans Courts and a myriad of various-named courts with judges making daily decision affecting the lives of the citizens who live there.

            Now for the big stuff. Georgia is divided into 49 Judicial Circuits. Each circuit has between 3 and 25 Superior Court Judges. While the exact number varies, with appointments and retirements, there are approximately 275 Superior Court judges in Georgia.

             In Fulton County, the county seat of our state capital, you will also the several judges each seated in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Georgia and the 11th Circuit Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (Also life-time appointments). These courts exist, at least in some large part to correct the mistakes all these other judges make in the lower courts. These courts, set people free, grant new trials, reverse billion dollar judgements and disbar dishonest lawyers and judges.

            I'm sure you already know we have to go to Washington, D.C. to find our U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. Last count there were nine, LIFE-TIME appointments to that court.

            Safe to say then,  that tax-payers in Georgia are supporting somewhere around 1,000 full-time judges state, county and municipal judges along with their staffs, furnishings and courthouses to give them somewhere nice to work, right? Oh, did I mention their retirement accounts?

Carrying a Concealed Weapon Charge

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | Jun 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Weapons Charge Georgia Code Title 16, Section 16-11-126 (a) A person commits the offense of carrying a concealed weapon when such person knowingly has or carries about his or her person, unless in an open manner and fully exposed to view, any bludgeon, metal knuckles, firearm, knife designed fo...

Theft

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | Jun 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Crime of Theft Theft by Taking: Georgia Code Title 16, Section 16-8-2 A person commits the offense of theft by taking when he unlawfully takes or, being in lawful possession thereof, unlawfully appropriates any property of another with the intention of depriving him of the property, regardl...

Accused of Battery Charges?

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | Jun 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Georgia Code Title 16, Section 16-5-23.1 (a) A person commits the offense of battery when he or she intentionally causes substantial physical harm or visible bodily harm to another. (b) As used in this Code section, the term ‘visible bodily harm' means bodily harm capable of being perceived by a...

Probation Violations

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | Jun 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Georgia Code Title 42, Section 42-8-38 (a) Whenever, within the period of probation, a probation supervisor believes that a probationer under his supervision has violated his probation in a material respect, he may arrest the probationer without warrant, wherever found, and return him to the cou...

The Crime of Voluntary Manslaughter

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | Jun 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Georgia Code Title 16, Section 16-5-2 (a) A person commits the offense of voluntary manslaughter when he causes the death of another human being under circumstances which would otherwise be murder and if he acts solely as the result of a sudden, violent, and ...

Elmer warns of Five for Fourth DUI Offense

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

A fourth DUI in a 10 year period in Georgia is a felony offense and being charged with a felony in Georgia is a life-changing event. A fourth or subsequent offense conviction means that you have been convicted four or more DUI charges since July 1, 2008. The penalties for a fourth or subsequent o...

Felony DUI

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in Georgia are classified as misdemeanors; however, certain factors could result in a felony charge. A felony is a serious offense, which could result in prison time and the loss of certain rights; therefore, you should hire an experienced defense at...

Elmer Second Look at a Second DUI Offense

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia and you have already been convicted of DUI at least once in the past five years, you are facing particularly harsh criminal penalties and driver's license consequences if convicted again. Think about the impact a first off...

Elmer Drives You Through a First Time DUI

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

In most cases a first-offense DUI in Georgia is a misdemeanor … but the judge can still sentence you to spend up to 12 months in the county jail. But at the very least the law requires you to serve at least 24 hours in jail if your BAC was .08% or higher. Some judges may not make you go back to j...

Elmer Walks Through the Georgia Implied Consent Law

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

You have been arrested for DUI and you haven't been officially tested yet. You are about to receive an important warning from the officer who just arrested you. He should give you this warning right after arresting you, which means at the scene of the stop. Some officers read it while you are sta...

Court Procedures: Progression of A DUI Case

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are two different and simultaneous efforts being carried on in most DUI situations: one is criminal, the other is administrative or civil. You need to know the difference and how they may affect you. I have consolidated all the elements of these paths into a chart which allows you to click ...

Elmer Helps with Finding a DUI Lawyer

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

These are the professional guys and gals that I would hire to represent me if I were arrested for DUI. Check them out. Ask their opinion of the work they know I do everyday for my clients. Ask to whom they refer when a DUI problem arises in the Augusta area? I am proud to be associated with each ...

Police Tricks During a DUI Stop

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

DUI Stops Police officers are trained in a special course called “verbal Judo.” This training is designed to help them keep others off balance by use of commands, tone and phrases intended to “throw you down” emotionally and thereby maintain control at all times. They expect you to obey short, t...

How Much to Drink: Alcohol Impairment Chart

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

All states have passed a 0.08 BAC per se law. The final one was adopted in August of 2005. These charts produce estimations and should NOT be used to determine if someone should drive or not after drinking.This chart is intended as a guide, not a guarantee. Alcohol affects individuals differentl...

DUI Emergency Shortcuts

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

MANY PEOPLE MISTAKENLY BELIEVE DUI IS NOT A SERIOUS CRIME. The fact is, more people go to jail for DUI than for any other crime!. You can lose your driver's license for as long as five years. Your costs for community service, probation, alcohol programs, re-education programs, driving schools, i...

20 Myths about Drinking & Driving

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

These are the most common misconceptions people have about drinking and the effects of alcohol, along with the actual facts. 1. BEER IS LESS INTOXICATING THAN OTHER TYPES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. One 12-ounce can of beer, one 4-ounce glass of wine or one normal mixed drink or cocktail are all eq...

Don’t Drive – Get A Ride

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Avoid a DUI Combating the DUI dilemma can seem insurmountable at times but the problem can be addressed by education, choices and technology. Put simply, the best way to avoid a DUI is to not drink alcohol and drive a car. But if you want to have fun and avoid the consequences of being caught d...

Police Alerts

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Important facts about Roadblocks! RICHMOND COUNTY, GEORGIA Augusta, Ga., located in Richmond County, has seen heightened DUI enforcement during mid- to late-evening hours, especially during weekends and holidays. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office patrols the consolidated areas of Augusta-Ric...

Request a Copy of Your Georgia Driving Record

Posted by Elmer H.. Young | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are several reasons why you may need to request a copy of your Georgia driving record after a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest. Immediately after your arrest, you may need a copy for your attorney so he or she can begin preparing your defense. If you are convicted of drunk driving, ...

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