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 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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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 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.
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|
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.
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 Garden City, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Garden City 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 Garden City 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 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.
GARDEN CITY, Ga. (WTOC) - The home city for the Georgia Ports Authority is pausing all applications for industrial rezoning.Garden City leaders announced a 6-month pause while they figure out how to make the city more residential.It’s mainly because of their proximity to the Georgia Ports. They get a lot of industrial applications that are leaving little room to build more housing.The city pulled a couple of applications developers were supposed to present to city council Monday night and some people are backing th...
GARDEN CITY, Ga. (WTOC) - The home city for the Georgia Ports Authority is pausing all applications for industrial rezoning.
Garden City leaders announced a 6-month pause while they figure out how to make the city more residential.
It’s mainly because of their proximity to the Georgia Ports. They get a lot of industrial applications that are leaving little room to build more housing.
The city pulled a couple of applications developers were supposed to present to city council Monday night and some people are backing the decision.
“We are in desperate need of housing,” said MonaLisa Monroe, President of the Garden City Housing Team.
That’s what Garden City leaders are working on by putting a pause on industrial rezoning applications.
“You don’t have a city if you don’t have residents,” said Scott Robider, the city manager of Garden City. “We need rooftops and actual citizens here and not just businesses.”
Garden City’s city manager said they were seeing far too many industrial and commercial inquiries with no interest in residential.
Robider said, “sometimes multiple inquiries a day.”
The mayor said what hit home for him was how development could possibly impact older, established neighborhoods.
“The warehouse would’ve been within 150 feet of the backyard and I told Scott, we have to do something,” said Mayor Don Bethune.
It’s a decision the Garden City Housing Team is grateful for.
“When I heard that, I was elated because we’ve been begging and pleading for residential zoning,” Monroe said.
The city said the moratorium might not make everyone happy.
“It’s caused some discomfort from our developers and folks looking to have developments done here, but if we don’t push pause now, I don’t know where we go from here,” Robider said.
The housing team has been waiting to begin and they said this is just the start they needed.
Monroe said, “the first thing we want to do is what we do best – renovate, rehab housing and prayerfully, hopefully, in the future 2023/24...we want to start building.”
The Garden City Housing Team said this came at the right time as they plan to find ways to use a $400,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for more rehabbing and renovation.
Garden City said any rezoning applications received before May 2 aren’t affected.
The moratorium will consist of city leaders taking a look at the comprehensive plan, ordinance changes to industrial property and meeting with developers and builders.
During the pause, they will accept industrial rezoning applications, but they won’t act on them.
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Augusta has been rated the top metro area in Georgia for people to live and to retire.The Garden City outperformed both Atlanta and Savannah in the annual rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.The Augusta area landed at 76th nationally in top places to live and 79th in places to retire. By comparison, Atlanta, which rated second statewide, ranked 95th and 90th, respectively, and Savannah, thir...
Augusta has been rated the top metro area in Georgia for people to live and to retire.
The Garden City outperformed both Atlanta and Savannah in the annual rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.
The Augusta area landed at 76th nationally in top places to live and 79th in places to retire. By comparison, Atlanta, which rated second statewide, ranked 95th and 90th, respectively, and Savannah, third place in Georgia, ranked 102nd and 95th nationally.
Huntsville, Alabama, took the No. 1 spot in the ratings.
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U.S. News pointed out Augusta's best-known features, as home to the Masters Tournament and childhood home of soul legend James Brown. But the magazine also cited the Augusta area as “home to a thriving culinary scene” and “a deep appreciation for the arts and the outdoors” shown by its residents.
“Augusta is also becoming a destination for retirees who want warm weather and a low cost of living,” the magazine wrote in summarizing Augusta’s placement. “Plus, suburbs in nearby towns Evans, Martinez and Grovetown are go-to places for families to settle and commute into the downtown area.”
The magazine acquired its data from federal government sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as "U.S. News' own internal resources," the publication said.
The magazine compiled five indexes that comprise the best-to-live rankings in 150 metro areas: job market strength; housing affordability; quality of life; net migration; and a “desirability index” based on a national survey conducted in March.
After standardizing city data to provide a better apples-to-apples comparison, the magazine assigned an overall rating from zero to 10 that determined final placement on the list.
To rank the best places to retire, U.S. News compiled six indexes: housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, job market and health care quality.
In the spring, Colorado running back Alex Fontenot was asked if he had watched any film of transfer Ramon Jefferson, who was expected to join the team in the summer.“I don’t pay attention to new recruits,” Fontenot said.Good thing, because Jefferson won’t be coming to CU after all.On Friday, Jefferson, a former Sam Houston running back and one of CU’s top transfer recruits of the offseason, announced that he has de-committed from the Buffs and will play elsewhere in his final year of eligibi...
In the spring, Colorado running back Alex Fontenot was asked if he had watched any film of transfer Ramon Jefferson, who was expected to join the team in the summer.
“I don’t pay attention to new recruits,” Fontenot said.
Good thing, because Jefferson won’t be coming to CU after all.
On Friday, Jefferson, a former Sam Houston running back and one of CU’s top transfer recruits of the offseason, announced that he has de-committed from the Buffs and will play elsewhere in his final year of eligibility.
Expected to compete with Fontenot for the starting job, Jefferson had previously committed to Colorado in January and signed a grant-in-aid. A grant-in-aid is binding for the school, but not for the student-athlete until they enroll in school, so Jefferson was still recruitable by other teams as he finished up his academic year at Sam Houston.
CU recruited Jefferson after losing star Jarek Broussard, who transferred to Michigan State. Broussard, the 2020 Pac-12 offensive player of the year, led the Buffs in rushing the past two seasons.
In two seasons at Sam Houston, Jefferson rushed for 1,907 yards and 20 touchdowns, helping the Bearkats go 21-1. Sam Houston won the spring 2021 FCS national title. Last fall, he ran for 1,155 yards and 13 touchdowns, was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press and helped Bearkats reach the FCS semifinals.
During his collegiate career, the 5-foot-9, 215-pound Jefferson has played for three schools (also Maine and Garden City Community College) and racked up 3,938 yards and 41 touchdowns on the ground, while averaging 6.2 yards per carry.
Without Jefferson, the Buffs’ backfield will be led by Fontenot, a sixth-year senior who paced the team in rushing in 2019, with 874 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. He also caught 27 passes for 122 yards.
Playing behind Broussard last year, Fontenot had 326 yards and led the team with five rushing touchdowns and six total touchdowns. He missed the 2020 season with a hip injury.
This spring, Fontenot was one of only three scholarship running backs on the field, along with junior Deion Smith and sophomore Jayle Stacks.
Fontenot expressed his confidence in the trio.
“I know we can get it done,” he said. “If it was just us three, we could get it done as an offense. That’s the confidence I have in our room. So it’s really no worries that the numbers are down because the talent is still there.”
The Buffs, of course, won’t go into the season with only those three at running back.
True freshman Victor Venn, a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder from Buford (Ga.) High School will join the team this summer. He rushed for 3,010 yards and 36 touchdowns in his prep career, helping Buford to three consecutive state titles. As a senior, he ran for 957 yards and 10 touchdowns and received all-state honors.
With Jefferson no longer coming to CU, the Buffs now plan to bring in commit Anthony Hankerson earlier than expected. Hankerson, a 2022 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) High School, committed to CU in February, but the Buffs had planned to grayshirt him and delay his enrollment until January.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Hankerson has been rated a three-star recruit. He helped the Raiders to three consecutive Class 7A state titles, topping 1,000 rushing yards in each of those seasons. He had 1,057 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior.
Also in the backfield for the Buffs are walk-ons Charlie Offerdahl and Noah Wagner. Offerdahl had an impressive spring and coaches have said he will have a role this fall.
SHARE On April 26, James Roberts caught a mahi-mahi that qualifies as the new state record. The fish was taken about 80 miles east of St. Catherine’s Island. Roberts was fishing with five buddies who regularly target that area.On state-certified scales, the fish weighed 68-pounds, 1.6-ounces, topping the previous state record of 67-pounds, 9.6-ounces caught in 2019 by angler Will Owens of St. Simons Island, according to ...
On April 26, James Roberts caught a mahi-mahi that qualifies as the new state record. The fish was taken about 80 miles east of St. Catherine’s Island. Roberts was fishing with five buddies who regularly target that area.
On state-certified scales, the fish weighed 68-pounds, 1.6-ounces, topping the previous state record of 67-pounds, 9.6-ounces caught in 2019 by angler Will Owens of St. Simons Island, according to Georgia’s DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, which administers the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Records Program.
The group had been in schools of big mahi-mahi, also known as dolphin fish, for most of the day. Their fish box was full and had used all their ballyhoo baits. So they were bringing in their lines at about three in the afternoon for the run back to the boat ramp when the fish hit.
“I’d just popped the fishing line off the outrigger to bring the bait back to the boat, when this giant of a dolphin smashed the bait and lure two or three times, and then just took off tail-walking and screaming drag off the reel,” says Roberts. “He swallowed the whole 7-inch lure and bait, and I didn’t think the fish would stop during that first run. He hit about 100 yards behind our trolling boat, and that first run screamed another 500 yards of 65-pound test braided line off the reel. All I could do was hold on.”
After the fish’s first blazing run, Roberts settled in to fight the fish. But it cartwheeled, tail-danced, and made more runs for another 30 minutes before he got control of it. Then he worked it near their 25-foot Contender center-console boat named Salty Intentions.
“It took three of us to gaff that fish and haul it aboard,” said Roberts, who works for a shipping company in the port of Garden City, Georgia.
Then the five anglers headed west, back to the Georgia DNR Demere Creek Ramp where they’d launched that morning. They’d boated dozens of mahi-mahi, most big fish in the 15 to 20-pound range. But Roberts’ catch was a giant, and the anglers knew it could be a state record. They loaded up the boat and headed to the Georgia DNR office in nearby Richmond Hill to have it officially weighed.
Roberts said they’d first started trolling too far east, in deeper and colder water, and didn’t locate better and warmer water until they turned back toward shore.
“We found warmer water and then found weedlines and put out baits, and it was non-stop action with dolphin,” he says. “We had several triple-headers on dolphin and some doubleheaders, too. It was incredible, we finally just ran out of bait.”
Roberts says his big dolphin hit a ballyhoo bait fitted to a multi-colored Mahi Manic lure. He credits all the great fishing to the boat captain, Michael Bell, and the other anglers aboard, including James Bashlor, Mike Cahook, and Sean Bragg, all local Georgia anglers who fish almost every weekend together off the coast.
"Feel Something" ft. Derek Sanders (Mayday Parade) out now!Today, Florida based Magnolia Park have announced a new EP titled 'Heart Eater' slated for release on June 10th. The 4 tracks are an upbeat whirlwind of alt-leaning pop-punk, including the recent single "Tokyo" featuring Bad Suns vocalist Christo Bowman which propelled them in an alt-pop direction. They also share the video for track "Feel Something" boasting another prolific collaboration with Mayday Parade front man, Derek Sanders.Guita...
Today, Florida based Magnolia Park have announced a new EP titled 'Heart Eater' slated for release on June 10th. The 4 tracks are an upbeat whirlwind of alt-leaning pop-punk, including the recent single "Tokyo" featuring Bad Suns vocalist Christo Bowman which propelled them in an alt-pop direction. They also share the video for track "Feel Something" boasting another prolific collaboration with Mayday Parade front man, Derek Sanders.
Guitarist Tristan Torres sheds some light on the making of the track, "The inspiration behind Feel Something is about wanting to live in the moment and the desire to be present. The recording process was super fast. Fred came up with the chorus and we finished the instrumental and verses together in a couple of hours. We got lucky enough to make friends with Derek from Mayday Parade and he hopped on the track. The music video was insane- we asked some of our fans (family) to come out and dress as our Character Baku. We had so much fun jumping around and hanging out with everyone."
The 'Heart Eater' EP was recorded in LA in a "whirlwind week" according to the band, with producers Matt Malpass, Andrew Wade, and Andy Karpovck. Rooted in pop-punk sensibilities while staying true to their unique styles, Magnolia Park incorporates elements of hip-hop, emo and alternative pop into their eclectic mix of sounds. In their Heart Eater era, the band finds themselves favoring production bursting with alluring synths and Tik-Tok dance-worthy trap beats, layered over the guitar riffs and sing-a-long melodies that have propelled them into an ongoing upward trajectory.
When asked what they want fans to take away from the EP, Magnolia Park reminds us that "Even though we are getting older we shouldn't take ourselves so seriously and we should always remember to have fun and enjoy life." Additionally, they encourage us to "Surround ourselves with people who love us the most."
Magnolia Park is lead vocalist Joshua Roberts, guitarists Tristan Torres and Freddie Criales, bassist Jared Kay, drummer Joe Horsham, and keyboardist Vincent Ernst. Ever since forming in just 2019, Magnolia Park has consciously pioneered inclusivity in the punk world. They are dedicated to spreading the message of #PopPunkInColor to ensure that the genre is one where people of all backgrounds are represented on and off stage.
MAGNOLIA PARK TOUR DATES
Sad Summer Fest
7/8 - Sacramento, CA - Papa Murphy's
7/9 - Anaheim, CA - City National Grove of Anaheim
7/12 - Dallas, TX - Gilley's
7/13 - Houston, TX - White Oak
7/15 - Orlando, FL - Orlando Ampitheatre
7/16 - Atlanta, GA - Coca Cola Roxy
7/19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
7/20 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
7/22 - NYC - Pier 17
w/Sum 41 + Simple Plan
7/29 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
7/30 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
7/31 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
8/3 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren
8/5 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
8/6 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
8/7 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
8/9 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
8/10 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
8/12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
8/13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
8/14 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
8/16 - Garden City, ID - Revolution Concert House
HEART EATER TRACK LIST:
2. Gravedigger (feat. Chad Tepper)