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2024 Legislative Update: Changes to Georgia’s Criminal Code

May 23, 2024
Georgia’s legislative term recently ended on March 28, 2024, after which Governor Kemp signed several bills into law amending the criminal code, creating new substantive offenses, and changing how certain crimes are prosecuted. Below is a summary of some of the most notable changes going into effect this year: House Bill 993 HB 993 addresses […]

UPDATE: Georgia Governor Signs New Hemp Regulations–What’s Changing?

April 2, 2024
On “Sine Die,” the final day of the legislative term in Georgia, the state legislature passed Senate Bill 494, a bill establishing a regulatory framework and other rules and requirements for businesses that sell or manufacture hemp and hemp products. On April 30, 2024, Governor Brian Kemp signed the bill, which will go into effect […]

What Happens in a Federal Criminal Case?

May 27, 2022
Page Pate explains what happens in a federal criminal case Attorney Page Pate explains what happens when someone has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal case. Page walks through the usual steps, discussing the timing and procedures, and helps explain what to expect when facing a federal criminal indictment. If you or someone […]

Is the Buffalo Shooting a Federal Hate Crime?

May 17, 2022
Page Pate explains how the Buffalo mass shooting may be a federal hate crime   TRANSCRIPT It appears that the federal government is currently investigating the murders that occurred recently in Buffalo, New York as a federal hate crime. But what is a federal hate crime? What does the government have to prove to convict […]

How to Apply for the New Pretrial Diversion Program in Federal Court

April 15, 2022
Accountability courts and pretrial diversion allow some people that have been charged with a federal criminal avoid prison and a criminal record. Federal district courts across the country are now experimenting with these projects, including the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. On April 11, the federal court in Atlanta announced the formation of a […]




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