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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 Garden City, 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 Garden City 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.

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The O’Brien Law Firm PC Difference

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 Garden City, Dennis O’Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Garden City 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.

The OBrien Law Firm PC Difference
Here are just a few reasons why O’Brien Law Firm PC is Garden City’s top choice in criminal defense:
  • Vigorous Representation
  • Fierce Dedication to Clients
  • Unmatched Experience
  • Face-to-Face Counsel
  • Prompt Response to Inquiries and Questions
  • Commitment to Defending Your Rights
  • Thorough, Effective Research and Investigation
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Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients
Our firm has represented hundreds of criminal defense clients in Garden City and is highly qualified to take your case. Some of our specialties include:

Drug Cases in Garden City, GA

When you are charged with a drug crime in Garden City, 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.

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Consequences for drug crimes in Garden City often include:

  • Jail
  • Prison
  • Heavy fines
  • Community service
  • Court-ordered drug and alcohol counseling
  • Probation or parole
  • Permanent criminal record

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.

With more than a decade of experience as Garden City drug crime attorneys, we have the experience and resources to defend you in court no matter what your charges may be, including:

  • Marijuana
  • Crack
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy

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 Garden City, 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 Garden City:

  • Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession
    Schedule I or Schedule II Drug Possession:

    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.

  • Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession
    Schedule III, IV, or V Drug Possession:

    Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.

  • Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession
    Non-Narcotic Schedule II Drug Possession:

    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.

  • Possession of Marijuana
    Possession of Marijuana:

    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.

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Violent Crime Cases in Garden City, GA

Violent crime offenses in Garden City 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.

Common crimes of this nature include but are not limited to:
  • Murder
  • Assault with the intent to murder
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking

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 Garden City, 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
Zealous Representation Without Judgement

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 Garden City, 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.

DUI Cases in Garden City, GA

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.

DUI Cases

The city of Garden City, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Garden City could face:

  • Very expensive fines and fees
  • Loss of license
  • Incarceration

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 Garden City and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:

  • Was the stop legal? If not, your case could be dismissed
  • Is there enough evidence or probable cause to arrest you? If not, Dennis O’Brien will file a pre-trial motion and will fight hard to have your case dismissed before trial.
  • Did the police read you your implied consent rights? If not, your case could be thrown out. Failure to read implied consent rights to the accused is one of the most common police errors.
  • Were your blood testing records and breathalyzer results maintained? Breath testing comes with inherent weaknesses that can create doubt in a juror’s mind.

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 Garden City, 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 Garden City, GA, don’t leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it’s too late.

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Garden City residents feel they're being pushed out of their homes. Here's what city leaders say

GARDEN CITY, Ga. —A Garden City neighborhood is on edge. Residents say they feel city leaders are unfairly pushing them out of their homes, but city leaders tell a different story.At 707 Davis Street, there's a pile of rubble where a woman's home used to be.The homeowner told WJCL she tried getting a permit from the city to rebuild and fix up the house after it was damaged in a fire, but she said the city refused to give her one. She said instead, they issued a demolition permit and tore the struct...

GARDEN CITY, Ga. —

A Garden City neighborhood is on edge. Residents say they feel city leaders are unfairly pushing them out of their homes, but city leaders tell a different story.

At 707 Davis Street, there's a pile of rubble where a woman's home used to be.

The homeowner told WJCL she tried getting a permit from the city to rebuild and fix up the house after it was damaged in a fire, but she said the city refused to give her one. She said instead, they issued a demolition permit and tore the structure down.

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Rev. Alan Mainor with the Racial Alliance Network said this is a common occurrence in the neighborhood.

Mainor said, "We're asking [the city] to allow us to have the option to fix our properties. Don't take our properties."

Walking down the street, you'll see sign after sign signifying a structure has been condemned.

Mainor pointed out to WJCL one man's property that had been condemned and said, "The community has gotten together and said we will help build this house back up for him, but [the city] won't allow that."

Homeowners are convinced they're being pushed out so the city can use their properties for other purposes.

"They need warehouses," Mainor said.

In a statement to WJCL the city manager said, "All Nuisance Abatement and subsequent demolition cases are fully adjudicated in Court in accordance with the standards contained within the GC Code of Ordinances and all applicable State Laws pertaining to these matters. All respondents are given the opportunity to retain legal counsel or if a financial hardship exists they can seek the assistance of the Public Defender at no cost to them. Additionally, Garden City allows a very generous grace period for all properties owners seeking to work with the City Staff in order to explorer all options before the demolition process begins. The City Staff takes no pleasure in having structures demolished, but these locations are almost always dilapidated, unsecure, unsafe and are often utilized for the commission of crimes. Garden City has an obligation to all residents to address blight within the community no matter which District the problematic structure exist, and that is a responsibility that the City Staff takes very seriously in order to provide the highest quality of life that all residents deserve as they live, work and play in Garden City."

The neighborhood, however, argues their homes are just fine. They add that they wish the city would support them when it comes to fixing up their properties.

First City Progress: Garden City seeks to build affordable housing at former school site

This story is part of First City Progress, a weekly series looking at new development in Savannah and the Coastal Empire. If there are projects you're curious about or we've left out, email Zoe at znicholson@gannett.comAs the city sees record growth and rising property values, Garden City is looking to turn a 14-acre lot into affordable housing.The city-owned property is at the corner of 5th and Oak streets and is the former site of Haynes Elementary School. The school is demolished — all that rema...

This story is part of First City Progress, a weekly series looking at new development in Savannah and the Coastal Empire. If there are projects you're curious about or we've left out, email Zoe at znicholson@gannett.com

As the city sees record growth and rising property values, Garden City is looking to turn a 14-acre lot into affordable housing.

The city-owned property is at the corner of 5th and Oak streets and is the former site of Haynes Elementary School. The school is demolished — all that remains is a chain-link batting cage and a tree-ringed field.

"We all know how rents have gone up," Mayor Don Bethune said. "And it's very difficult for folks to find affordable housing."

In Garden City, a town of 10,300 people just west of Savannah, home prices have gone up 41% since last year, according to Realtor.com, making the average sale price $220,000.

To combat the rising prices (and a lack of affordable rental housing) Garden City Council approved a broker to initiate a contract proposal process for the city. The broker is tasked with seeking community input on the project and creating a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the city to find a developer for the project.

"Whether it's affordable housing or senior housing," Bethune said. "There's a need for them in Garden City. So we're just ready to see what we can do."

Garden City has been the epicenter of Chatham County's growth with its population soaring by more than 17% since 2010, according to the U.S. Census. And while more people need housing, the Savannah Port's expansion (and related business growth) has gobbled up much of the available, developable land in the city.

"The sad thing about Garden City, we don't have much property where we can put residents," Bethune said. "And we're going to have to, I guess, think outside of the box because most of the property that's left is industrial."

The industrial growth of Garden City has led to a shift in the population, Bethune explained. As the ports expand and related businesses build warehouses and logistics companies, more employees are coming to Garden City during the day, but leave once 5 p.m. hits.

"After working hours, it's very quiet over there. But that all changes with more residential property, because then the needs of the people are there, they have to be satisfied," Bethune said. "Whether it be grocery stores or convenience stores, or whatever the case is. And so anytime you can increase residential (housing) in a city, that's the backbone of the community."

According to interim City Manager Scott Rubiter, the city is looking into further high-density developments to bridge the gap for affordable rental housing, and establishing an impact fee program for port-related businesses to be able to improve roadwork and water treatment systems.

"We love the growth, but you also have to be able to handle the growth. And it seems like it's all coming at one time," Rubiter said. "So for a city our size, it's sometimes hard to be able to bear this."

The process to build the affordable housing is just beginning, so check back with savannahnow.com for updates.

Zoe covers growth and how it impacts communities in the Savannah area. Find her at znicholson@gannett.com, @zoenicholson_ on Twitter, and @zoenicholsonreporter on Instagram.

New $51M private equity fund Garden City targets small businesses amid 'silver tsunami' of retirees

New Atlanta private equity firm Garden City is gearing up for the “silver tsunami” of retiring business owners and planning new software innovations.Former technology executive Michael Arrieta founded Garden City and recently closed its first, $51 million fund to buy and hold small- to mid-sized businesses owned by the Baby Boomer generation, a group near retirement age. By holding thos...

New Atlanta private equity firm Garden City is gearing up for the “silver tsunami” of retiring business owners and planning new software innovations.

Former technology executive Michael Arrieta founded Garden City and recently closed its first, $51 million fund to buy and hold small- to mid-sized businesses owned by the Baby Boomer generation, a group near retirement age. By holding those companies, Arrieta plans to innovate new software that could make their industries’ operations more efficient.

Arrieta is targeting the “unsexy” businesses: the pool company, the tree removal service, the janitorial business. Garden City is about continuing family businesses and improving their profits through investing in technology and company culture and connecting them with a network of advisors, he said.

“These businesses are the backbone of America,” Arrieta said. “A majority of them you interact with every single day, or you see on the road, and COVID-19 has made ‘essential businesses.’”

Arrieta’s strategy attracted a list of notable investors and advisors, including SalesLoft CEO Kyle Porter, former Equifax CEO Richard Smith, former Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger and football stars Tim Tebow and Drew Brees.

Garden City raised its first fund during a time in which national small business advocacy organization Project Equity calls COVID-19 and the silver tsunami the two biggest threats to small businesses around the U.S. Baby Boomers own half of the privately held businesses in the nation, according to data from Project Equity. In Georgia, that’s 78,300 businesses with more than 887,000 employees.

The new private equity firm also increases the local capital sources, a historic hindrance to Atlanta’s growth as an innovation hub, according to local tech executives. Garden City isn’t targeting tech-enabled companies or startups, but the holding and software development strategy could bring business expansions to Atlanta and create new, local startups.

The firm looks for companies with $10-$100 million in revenue and tends to write checks that range from $5-$20 million. Garden City has made two investments and will have two more by the end of the year, Arrieta said.

At each business, Arrieta hopes to build a workplace culture “like Chick-fil-A" to make employees feel respected and appreciated. He’s also planning to modernize the businesses by implementing technology that could make their operations more efficient.

His holding strategy also allows Arrieta to collaborate with the employees in Garden City’s portfolio companies to brainstorm software solutions geared toward their industries, creating a cycle of new, business-to-business startups. The workers would know what technology solutions would be the most useful to them, and Garden City could test those solutions internally before publicly releasing them. The firm is currently developing a new software based on its first company purchase.

Arrieta founded Garden City after a stint in Silicon Valley, where he worked for Wyse Technology, acquired by Dell in 2012, and DocuSign, which went public in 2018. Those successes gave him the runway to focus on his passion — small businesses.

Ranked by Capital under management

Rank Firm Capital under management
1 H.I.G. Capital LLC $43.00 billion
2 Roark Capital Group $23.00 billion
3 MSouth Equity Partners $2.20 billion
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Proven track record of SFT Americas and the Georgia Ports Authority

SFT and Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) are business partners for decades and have established a long term proven track record. GPA is running two facilities: the Port of Savannah, GA and the Port of Brunswick, GA.The Port of Savannah mainly consists of the Garden City Terminal, the Ocean Terminal and a private Kaolin Terminal while Port of Brunswick includes the Colonel’s Island Terminal, East Rive...

SFT and Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) are business partners for decades and have established a long term proven track record.

GPA is running two facilities: the Port of Savannah, GA and the Port of Brunswick, GA.

The Port of Savannah mainly consists of the Garden City Terminal, the Ocean Terminal and a private Kaolin Terminal while Port of Brunswick includes the Colonel’s Island Terminal, East River Terminal and the Mayor’s Point Terminal.

SFT has delivered fender systems for all of those terminals and is glad to be part of these GPA projects.

The relationship began in 2010 when SFT received the first order for Ocean Terminal Berth 1 and 2, followed by Berth 18 in the same year. The successful cooperation continued in 2011 with the first order for the East River Terminal in Brunswick, GA.

After a period of smaller replacement orders for GPA and private clients at the port, the next big project came in 2015 for Berth 13 at the Ocean Terminal in Savannah, GA.

In the same year, another order for Brunswick, GA was received, this time for the Mayor’s Point Terminal.

In 2017, the next large-scale order had been awarded to SFT, the fenders for CB7-9 at the Garden City Terminal in Savanah, GA, as well as the dolphin and platform fenders for the oil berth 50. SFT delivered 67 sets of SPC Cone Fender Systems.

Following on from CB7-9, the project at CB4-6 involved the major upgrade of the ports’ fender systems with – at that time – a state-of-the-art cone fenders system for their container terminal.

In 2020, Phase 1 of the Ocean Terminal Expansion laid the ground for another large-scale project, followed by an upgrade of the Kaolin Terminal in Savannah, GA.

2020 and 2021 was and is a busy time for GPA. The project that is currently under construction is CB1 at the Garden City Container Terminal which will be completed towards end of 2022.

Activity in Brunswick picked up again with the Berth 2 upgrade completed in 2020, followed by Berth 1 at Colonel’s Island, which will be completed by mid-2022.

Overall, SFT has more than 1000 fender units in service at GPA alone, making this the single largest reference for SFT fenders in the world.

SFT thanks the GPA and their partners for their great cooperation over the years; especially appreciating GPA’s fender design approach in following the advice of fender experts to make sure that fenders are designed to meet the needs of each individual terminal.

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Coastal Storm to Deliver Significant Coastal Flooding in Florida, Georgia, Carolinas

High pressure is building into the Northeast. Low pressure is now organizing and will soon track from the Gulf of Mexico to off the Southeast coast by Saturday. This difference in pressure will drive northeast winds along the Southeast coast.Tides will be higher than normal at the same time onshore winds are blowing due to the alignment of the new moon with the moon's closest approach to Earth. These tides are known as the perigean spring tides.Fortunately, this coastal flooding will be minor in the mid-Atlantic from New Jersey...

High pressure is building into the Northeast. Low pressure is now organizing and will soon track from the Gulf of Mexico to off the Southeast coast by Saturday. This difference in pressure will drive northeast winds along the Southeast coast.

Tides will be higher than normal at the same time onshore winds are blowing due to the alignment of the new moon with the moon's closest approach to Earth. These tides are known as the perigean spring tides.

Fortunately, this coastal flooding will be minor in the mid-Atlantic from New Jersey to Delaware. In these areas, it will be nothing close to the magnitude of last week's coastal flood event.

However, major coastal flooding at high tide is forecast at times into the weekend from parts of the North Carolina coast to Georgia. Significant coastal flooding is also forecast to occur as far south as northeast Florida, including the Jacksonville area. The southern end of the St. Johns River will also see some flooding.

Coastal flood alerts (warnings, watches and advisories) have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for all of these locations.

Beach erosion, high surf and dangerous rip currents will also affect much of the Southeast coastline the next several days.

Charleston, South Carolina, is forecast to see major coastal flooding with the Saturday morning and Sunday morning high tides.

At these levels, widespread flooding occurs in downtown Charleston leaving numerous roads flooded and impacting some structures, according to the National Weather Service.

At least minor to moderate flooding is forecast in Charleston with each other morning and evening high tide through Monday.

Along the Georgia coast, flooding the next few mornings may reach levels high enough to inundate some parts of Tybee Island.

Saturday morning's high tide at Ft. Pulaski could near levels measured during an October 1947 Category 2 hurricane, possibly inundate highway 80 between Tybee Island and Savannah and flood buildings on Tybee Island, according to the National Weather Service.

Significant coastal flooding is forecast along the northeast Florida coast, including around the Jacksonville area. Moderate to major coastal flooding is expected along the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida with the Saturday morning high tide. These areas could see an inundation of 3 to 4 feet above normally dry ground, according to the NWS.

Farther north, water levels will peak on Sunday or Monday.

In North Carolina, major flooding is possible with Sunday morning's high tide in the northern Outer Banks.

And in Virginia, moderate coastal flooding is possible Sunday and again on Monday in the Virginia Tidewater area around Norfolk and Newport News as northeast winds push water toward those areas.

Coastal flooding should gradually subside early next week, however, swells generating high surf and rip currents at the beaches could last into Tuesday or even Wednesday from the Virginia Tidewater to Florida's Atlantic beaches.

Rainfall could only add to the flood threat in some areas. The low pressure system will deliver a soaking for much of northeast Florida, the eastern Carolinas into Georgia this weekend.

Parts of northeast Florida and eastern North Carolina could pick up over an inch of rain through Sunday. With water pushing from the ocean toward beaches, rivers won't be able to drain heavy rain as well, potentially leading to additional flooding.

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