Learn about our areas of experties involving state crimes, and better understand your rights.
Learn about our areas of experties involving state crimes, and better understand your rights.
If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of "guilty" is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Port Wentworth, GA.
Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.
The good news? Dennis O'Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Port Wentworth are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.
At O'Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven't seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O'Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That's why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.
Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation - when you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.
Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O'Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Port Wentworth, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Port Wentworth criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O'Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.
When you are charged with a drug crime in Port Wentworth, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it's hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.
While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there's reason to be hopeful: O'Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember - being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.
Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O'Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.
No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Port Wentworth, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Port Wentworth:
Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.
Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.
If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.
Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.
To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O'Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.Contact Me!
Violent crime offenses in Port Wentworth typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual's will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.
Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.
When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Port Wentworth, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O'Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.
|Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:|
|Forced rape:||20 years|
|Armed robbery:||Up to 20 years|
|Simple assault:||Up to 12 months|
|Aggravated assault:||10 to 20 years|
|Aggravated battery:||Up to 20 years|
|Involuntary manslaughter:||One to 20 years|
|Vehicular homicide||Up to 15 years|
|Murder:||Life in prison or the death sentence|
As a former police officer, Dennis O'Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Port Wentworth, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.
Clients choose O'Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons - when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they're putting their life and the lives of others at risk.
While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused's life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.
The city of Port Wentworth, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Port Wentworth could face:
Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Port Wentworth and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:
There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Port Wentworth, GA, Dennis O'Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state's mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.
If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Port Wentworth, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.Contact us
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - Officials cut the ribbon on a $78 million produce processing facility in Port Wentworth Thursday.The opening is the latest in a string of economic announcements there.As Port Wentworth welcomes its newest industrial business, the city is hiring new leadership aiming to manage future investments.“We want to have good, long-term, quality growth, planned development, that businesses then will look at and say this is why we want to invest in this community,” said Touchton.James...
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - Officials cut the ribbon on a $78 million produce processing facility in Port Wentworth Thursday.
The opening is the latest in a string of economic announcements there.
As Port Wentworth welcomes its newest industrial business, the city is hiring new leadership aiming to manage future investments.
“We want to have good, long-term, quality growth, planned development, that businesses then will look at and say this is why we want to invest in this community,” said Touchton.
James Touchton has been tapped as Port Wentworth’s first director of economic development.
He comes at a time of growth for the city with thousands of housing units expected in the coming years.
“3,000 in the next three years and then 5,000 in five years, already permitted from start to finish, we’re looking at five years.”
Port Wentworth is no stranger to growth and the business boom that comes with it.
Last year, the city put a pause on industrial rezoning applications so officials could rewrite the zoning ordinance.
In recent months, longtime residents say they feel pushed out by industrial building...a concern that Port Wentworth’s city manager says officials take into consideration..
“The biggest challenge that we have is dealing with the traffic. We’ve got multiple state highways that run through Port Wentworth. So, it’s making sure we can accommodate all of the increased traffic in that,” said Port Wentworth City Manager Steve Davis.
Still, Touchton is optimistic saying he looks forward to bringing together the city’s businesses and residents.
“I’m a big believer in respecting the past and embracing the future. So I think there’s a way to blend that. It doesn’t exist without partnerships. It doesn’t exist if we operate in those silos.”
It’s been a busy first few weeks for Touchton.
Of course, the Ghost Pirates announced a new practice facility in Port Wentworth this week.
Among his priorities, Touchton said he wants to help bring more entertainment and public transportation to the city.
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~ New facility is strategically located near the Port of Savannah and will allow Lineage to process up to 1.4 million pounds of produce per day ~~ Facility brings Lineage’s total investment in Chatham County to over $100 million and expands the Company’s growing footprint in Georgia ~PORT WENTWORTH, Ga., April 20, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--...
~ New facility is strategically located near the Port of Savannah and will allow Lineage to process up to 1.4 million pounds of produce per day ~
~ Facility brings Lineage’s total investment in Chatham County to over $100 million and expands the Company’s growing footprint in Georgia ~
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga., April 20, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lineage Logistics ("Lineage" or the "Company"), one of the leading temperature-controlled industrial REITs and integrated solutions providers worldwide, today celebrated the grand opening of its newest facility in Port Wentworth, Georgia. Savannah Fresh-Port Wentworth is strategically located near the Port of Savannah, the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in North America and the third busiest container gateway in the U.S.
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Lineage Logistics' Savannah Fresh-Port Wentworth facility is strategically located near the Port of Savannah and will allow Lineage to process up to 1.4 million pounds of produce per day. (Photo: Business Wire)
The 220,000-square-foot facility offers cross-docking services for products to enter and exit the facility on the same day if needed, reducing storage time, creating cost efficiencies, and ensuring consumers receive fresh produce faster. The facility has 23 inbound and outbound lanes that can process more than 40 trucks daily, moving up to 1.4 million pounds of produce per day.
"Today, the demand for port-centric temperature-controlled storage has never been greater and our Fresh solution offerings at Lineage have never been more robust. Savannah Fresh-Port Wentworth will allow us to expand our Fresh offering to new and existing customers and also provides the needed capacity to improve market conditions," said Jim Henderson, Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development at Lineage. "The opening of this new facility is a critical step for Lineage as we continuously work to reimagine the world’s food supply chain. We are honored to further our long-standing partnership with Georgia Ports Authority and look forward to building our presence in the state of Georgia, an essential hub for trade and innovation."
Lineage is one of the leading temperature-controlled industrial REITs and integrated solutions providers worldwide. It has a global network of over 400 strategically located facilities totaling over 2 billion cubic feet of capacity which spans 20 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Lineage has industry-leading expertise in end-to-end logistical solutions, an unrivaled real estate network, and develops and deploys innovative technology. This helps increase distribution efficiency, advance sustainability, minimize supply chain waste, and most importantly, as a Visionary Partner of Feeding America, helps feed the world. In recognition of the Company’s leading innovations and sustainability initiatives, Lineage was listed as No. 3 in the 2022 CNBC Disruptor 50 list, named a Deloitte US Best Managed Company in 2022, the No. 1 Data Science company, and 23rd overall on Fast Company’s 2019 list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies, in addition to being included on Fortune’s Change the World list in 2020. ()
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - The City of Port Wentworth is still in the middle of an industrial moratorium, but some residents say the damage of development has already been done.Well-known farmers in the city, Promised Land and Hester Farms, were the first to say they wanted to be rezoned in October. Now it seems they have much of the community behind them and a contractor with a familiar face in the city.“I am officially requesting my property be rezoned from RA to industrial,” said a resident speaking on behalf o...
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - The City of Port Wentworth is still in the middle of an industrial moratorium, but some residents say the damage of development has already been done.
Well-known farmers in the city, Promised Land and Hester Farms, were the first to say they wanted to be rezoned in October. Now it seems they have much of the community behind them and a contractor with a familiar face in the city.
“I am officially requesting my property be rezoned from RA to industrial,” said a resident speaking on behalf of her mother.
“Promised Land Farms…we need that rezoned industrial,” said Willie Johnson with Promised Land Farms.
Another resident said, “we’re here to have our property rezoned industrial.”
One by one, residents from Monteith and Meinhard told Port Wentworth city council members they want their land rezoned. Something they’ve fought against for decades — now, they see it as the only way they can get out with some of a return on their investment.
The Hester family has been a big part of getting many of the residents on the same page.
“My family has been in Port Wentworth before it was Port Wentworth - 151 years. Not to mention a number of the families tonight you’ll be hearing from. Opportunity to bring our heritage in and keep in permanent while change happens around us that are inescapable,” said Hannah Hester, who’s family owns Hester Farms.
This community isn’t far from industrial development off Hendley Road.
“Monteith was our sanctuary. Our home. A place where decades has gone by of living on our lane and generations were born. I say it was our sanctuary because despite objections I made during council and others who objected in the community, warehouses are literally in our backyard,” a resident said.
“The fact is warehouses on Hendley Road are there. Their quality of life has declined and I’m working directly with them not only to get their property rezoned industrial, but bringing in a development team to develop those properties. I am the contract person for many of those properties,” said LaRay Benton, a former resident who grew up in the area.
A townhall has been discussed and they’re inviting council to the table to talk about next steps.
Port Wentworth has an active moratorium in place against industrial rezoning until March so this is something to think about when it expires.
WTOC asked the mayor after the meeting what he thought of the presentation. He said they need to stand behind the residents and it would probably help them be better off in the future.
He plans to get involved in any town halls.
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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - Industrial development in Port Wentworth has put a stain on the city for decades...so much so that there is an active moratorium for any industrial rezoning.Generational farmers in Monteith and Meinhard communities say the damage has already been done.“What they do is tax or zone you out,” said Willie Johnson, who owns Promised Land Farms.Willie Johnson and his brother Robert have owned Promised Land Farms for 22 years.“I’m 78 years old...” said Robert Joh...
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - Industrial development in Port Wentworth has put a stain on the city for decades...so much so that there is an active moratorium for any industrial rezoning.
Generational farmers in Monteith and Meinhard communities say the damage has already been done.
“What they do is tax or zone you out,” said Willie Johnson, who owns Promised Land Farms.
Willie Johnson and his brother Robert have owned Promised Land Farms for 22 years.
“I’m 78 years old...” said Robert Johnson, who owns Promised Land Farms.
Between the Johnsons and the Hesters, they own more than 200 acres of land, but they’re ready to give it all away – not because they want to.
“We cant’ afford to leave and rebuild elsewhere at residential rates,” said Janet Hester, who owns Hester Farms. “We can’t even afford a commercial rate.”
Hendley Rd. was the latest project – rezoned two years ago to industrial. They said they never realized how much harm development could do until it happened.
Hester said, “next thing you know they’re clearing the timber. Next thing, you know they’re bringing in dirt, hauling and changing the road and the reality of what that looked like...we went oh, wow...”
Now, they’re appealing to the city to help them leave with some of the investment they’ve worked their whole lives for.
They are doing that by asking for the very thing they’ve pushed against – industrial rezoning.
“If I don’t leave...look what will happen. I’m trying to do something while I’m still here.”
A historic designation has been discussed for years.
Farmers wanted it before as a form of protection.
Now, they say it will only prevent a developer from wanting to buy their land due to the protections that are often affiliated with land that is deemed historic.
“Now is not the time to rezone us historic. It would actually hurt and harm our ability to sell our land and get enough money to relocate,” said Hester.
The farmers said they are speaking for themselves. They don’t have a timeline, but they know it’s what’s best and they’re hoping the city will right what they say are years of wrongs.
“We’ve been squeezed and squeezed and squeezed...they tax us, squeezing warehouses...where can we go?”
Port Wentworth ‘s city manager said their request to rezone those neighborhoods industrial is not the direction the city is heading, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
WTOC has reported they currently have an agency re-evaluating their zoning ordinances during their industrial rezoning moratorium.
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PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Ghost Pirates made a huge announcement in Port Wentworth Tuesday.The Ghost Pirates will be opening a $25 million practice facility. The facility will be built west of Interstate 95 in the area of Highway 21 and GA 30.“We are here today to announce our next step in our long term plan of continuing to share out live not only of hockey but of community with you guys. And in that plan includes a $25 million dollar commitment to build a state of the art facility, that will not only be ...
PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Ghost Pirates made a huge announcement in Port Wentworth Tuesday.
The Ghost Pirates will be opening a $25 million practice facility. The facility will be built west of Interstate 95 in the area of Highway 21 and GA 30.
“We are here today to announce our next step in our long term plan of continuing to share out live not only of hockey but of community with you guys. And in that plan includes a $25 million dollar commitment to build a state of the art facility, that will not only be the practice facility for the Savannah Ghost Pirates but also an ice sports winter wonderland to share with the community.”
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson’s energy, an example of the enthusiasm around the 90,000 square foot facility set to open Summer 2025. The occasion rung in by a Groves High School band and a familiar chant or two as the Ghost Pirates expand their footprint further in our community.
“It’s not about Port Wentworth, Savannah, Pooler... they’re all going to use this facility. The real thing is getting tournaments from out of town, fill hotel rooms,” said Ghost Pirates President Bob Ohrablo.
Like the team’s president hints at, the arena will do a lot more than host ghost pirate practices with Port Wentworth leaders hoping their businesses will benefit.
“It’s a great economic booster for the city, not just the city but the surrounding area,” said Port Wentworth Mayor Pro Tem Thomas Barbee.
The arena will be complete with a sports bar, pro shop, and two NHL sized sheets of ice for all kinds of winter activities. The city’s acting mayor says the plan has been in the works for a while, and he’s grateful it all came together.
“I liked the fact that they chose Port Wentworth out of 108,000 cities across the United States of America.”
The team says the choice was easy, as the public private partnership made sense for everyone involved.
“City council said if you’re going to build a facility, why not build it here in Port Wentworth? So that’s what we did and we’re very excited.”
Of course it’s not built yet, with a groundbreaking likely on the way in the coming months, but Orhablo understands the local impact the building will have once it’s complete and says the mission goes beyond the sport played in Enmarket Arena.
“This is what our dream was when we got here was bring the hockey team here and then bring ice skating here.”
To accomplish that, one of the many activities in the new building will be the Ghost Pirates’ community skating that they say is ready for a new home.
The team broke an ECHL record with 33 sellouts during the 2023 season at Enmarket Arena in Savannah.
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