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 Isle of Hope, 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 Isle of Hope 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 Isle of Hope, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Isle of Hope 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 Isle of Hope, 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 Isle of Hope, 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 Isle of Hope:
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 Isle of Hope 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 Isle of Hope, 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 Isle of Hope, 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 Isle of Hope, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Isle of Hope 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 Isle of Hope 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 Isle of Hope, 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.
Isle of Hope K8 students competed in the National Student Astronaut Challenge Finals held at NASA in Florida earlier this month. The students had qualified in third place competing against teams from Miami to Seattle at a Run-Off Competition last fall to select the best 15 Middle School teams from across the nation to compete at Nationals.The students spent months practicing 12-18 hours a week, including many weekends to prepare for the four challenges they would face over the three-day competition. The four challenges included a Desi...
Isle of Hope K8 students competed in the National Student Astronaut Challenge Finals held at NASA in Florida earlier this month. The students had qualified in third place competing against teams from Miami to Seattle at a Run-Off Competition last fall to select the best 15 Middle School teams from across the nation to compete at Nationals.
The students spent months practicing 12-18 hours a week, including many weekends to prepare for the four challenges they would face over the three-day competition. The four challenges included a Design Challenge, Engineering Challenge, Space Shuttle Atlantis Simulator Challenge, and a Landing Challenge.
For the Design Challenge, students were asked to research and build a prototype (using specific materials) that would help decrease injuries from footholds on the International Space Station. Over several months, Chyler Ross, Megan Nguyen, Aisha Rhenals and Ally Arnsdorff, along with the rest of the team, researched the injuries sustained by astronauts, talked to experts in the field, including engineers and Commander Robert Shane Kimbrough, an astronaut for ISS Mission #49 and #50. Students wrote a research paper on their findings, created a slide show, and built a prototype.
For the Engineering Challenge, students were divided into a mission control team and a team aboard the Space Lab on the ISS. There were four components that had to be worked through…lack of technology for communication/relay between team members, broken circuits that had to be fixed where one team had the circuits and another team had the directions, computation of Ohms Law, and the ability to analyze the problem, design a solution, and understand (in that scenario) whether the problem had truly been corrected.
For the Landing Challenge, all six members of the team had to land the shuttle. They were randomly selected for each portion of the challenge - meaning all six participants had to know how to both land the craft in multiple scenarios, as well as communicate how to land the craft.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis Simulator Challenge includes a pre-launch checklist, launch into orbit, deorbiting procedures, and landing at a designated location lasting almost an hour from beginning to end. To participate, students had to spend an extraordinary amount of time learning the schematics of the Shuttle, as well as the location of all the switches. They had to learn to collaborate and work together strategically to isolate problems and repair them, all while flying the Shuttle.
The #Fiddlernauts received the gold medal for the Landing Challenge and were crowned National Champions. The students received the bronze medal for the Space Shuttle Simulator Challenge.
The 2019-2020 #Fiddlernauts are coached by Mr. Bob Nickels, Mrs. Carol Nickels, Dr. Barbara Serianni (Georgia Southern University), and Ms. Carolyn Rethwisch (Isle of Hope School). The Rotary Club of Skidaway Island provided a simulator for the team to practice on this year. Isle of Hope School, PTA, family and friends donated generously to make this dream a reality; and Mr. John Hopper, CEO of Bobcat of Savannah, donated to the team to make their journey possible. Their generosity is much appreciated!
Please find schedules below for all in-person open house events. Many schools are also holding virtual events. Please contact your school to find out about any virtual open house information.Elementary Schools SCHOOL OPEN HOUSEBloomingdale ElementaryMonday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-5th) Ear...
Please find schedules below for all in-person open house events. Many schools are also holding virtual events. Please contact your school to find out about any virtual open house information.
|Bloomingdale Elementary||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-5th)|
|Early Learning Center at Formey School||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-K)|
|Gould Elementary||Monday, August 1st5:30-6:30 PM (Grades PreK-2) 6:30-7:30 PM (Grades 3-5)|
|Heard Elementary||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-5)|
|Hodge Elementary||Monday, August 1st4:00-5:00 PM (Grades PreK-5)|
|Howard Elementary||Monday, August 1st (Times staggered by student's last name) 4:00-4:45 PM (A-G) 4:45-5:30 PM (H-O)5:30-6:15pm (P-Z)|
|J.G. Smith Elementary||Monday, August 1st2:00-4:00 PM (Grades PreK-2) 3:00-5:00 PM (Grades 3-5)|
|Largo-Tibet Elementary||Monday, August 1st4:00-5:30 PM (Grades PreK-5)|
|Juliette Low Elementary||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (PreK-5)|
|Pulaski Elementary||Monday, August 1st3:00-5:00 PM (Grades PreK-5)|
|Southwest Elementary||Monday, August 1st5:00-7:00 PM (Grades PreK-5)|
|Charles Ellis Montessori Academy||Sunday, July 31st2:30-3:30 PM (PreK)3:30-4:00 PM (K)Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades 1-3)6:00-6:30 PM (Grades 4-5) (Grade level meetings at 6:30 PM)5:00-6:30 PM (Grades 7 & 8 – Erdkinder)|
|Garrison School for the Arts||Monday, August 1st2:00-4:00 PM (Grades K-3 & 6th)4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK, 4th & 5th, 7th & 8th)|
|Georgetown K8||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades K-8)|
|Godley Station K8||Monday, August 1st3:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-8)|
|Hesse K8||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-5) Tuesday, August 2nd 4:00-6:00 PM (Grades 6-8)|
|Isle of Hope K8||Monday, August 1st3:00-5:00 PM (Grades 6-8)4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-5)|
|New Hampstead K8||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades K-8)|
|Rice Creek K8||Friday, July 29th4:00-6:00 PM (Grades PreK-8)|
|STEM Academy at Bartlett Middle||Monday, August 1st4:30-5:30 PM (Grades 7 & 8)6:00-7:00 PM (Grade 6)|
|West Chatham Middle||Monday, August 1st4:00-6:00 PM (Grades 6-8)|
|Groves High School||Friday, July 29th5:00-6:15 PM (Grade 9) 6:30-7:45 PM (Grades 10-12)|
|Islands High School||Monday, August 1st (Times staggered by student's last name)4:00-4:45 PM (P-Z) 4:45-5:30 PM (A-G)5:30-6:15pm (H-O)|
|Jenkins High School||Monday, August 1st5:00-7:00 PM (Grades 9-12)|
|Johnson High School||Monday, August 1st5:00 PM (Grade 9) 6:00-7:00 PM (Grades 10-12)|
|Savannah Arts Academy||Monday, August 1st5:30-6:30 PM (Grade 9) 6:30-8:00 PM (Grades 9-12)|
|Windsor Forest High School||Monday, August 1st2:00-3:00 PM (Grade PreK) 4:00-6:00 PM (Grades 9-12)|
|Woodville Tompkins High School||Monday, August 1st3:00 PM (Pre-K)4:30 PM (Grade 12) 5:30 PM (Grades 10 & 11)6:30 PM (Grade 9)|
Alternative Learning Centers
|Building Bridges Middle||Tuesday, August 2nd2:00 pm–4:00 pm|
|Coastal Ga. Comp. Academy||Monday, August 1st5:00-7:00 PM (Grades 9-12) (at Jenkins High School)Tuesday, August 2nd4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Grades K-8)|
|Tybee Island Maritime||Friday, July 29th3:00-5:00 PM (Grades K-4) 1:00-2:30 PM (Grades 5-8)|
HOULTON, Maine (WAGM) - The next total solar eclipse is just under 2 years away and Aroostook County will be a prime viewing spot. Isaac Potter says a Georgia based artist is already planning for the event.Artist Henry Dean made the long trek from Georgia to Houlton to speak to local artists and community members to look to collaborate on his next expansive art project. Dean spoke at the Houlton Higher Education Center about his upcoming art project “Light Trace 24″, which is a series of artistic installations that will tr...
HOULTON, Maine (WAGM) - The next total solar eclipse is just under 2 years away and Aroostook County will be a prime viewing spot. Isaac Potter says a Georgia based artist is already planning for the event.
Artist Henry Dean made the long trek from Georgia to Houlton to speak to local artists and community members to look to collaborate on his next expansive art project. Dean spoke at the Houlton Higher Education Center about his upcoming art project “Light Trace 24″, which is a series of artistic installations that will track the 2024 total solar eclipse.
The Light Trace 24 is a collaborative initiative that is inspired by the total solar eclipse on April 8th 2024. That is when the umbra of the Moon’s shadow that traces a line across North America. The line goes from Rio Grande River near Texas to the Canadian border in Aroostook County. Dean is looking to install 3-5 heliophysical sculptures along the eclipse’s path.
Henry Dean, Artist/Faculty member at Savannah College of Art and Design, says “I started to develop this idea of like if I am doing this thing and it’s going to be this incredible event in 2024. Maybe all artists who are all going from Mexico, all the way through the United States through Houlton up into Canada. Maybe they could be almost be like a collective expression which is really around art, but also around heliophysics. Which basically means stuff related to the sun.”
Dean is a British descendant of the founders of Houlton and is looking to install a heliophysical sculpture in the town. He is hoping that if things go well, he hopes to have the site selected by the end of 2022, construct the sculptures in 2023, and complete the installation by 2024.
Dean mentions “My hope is that this is a way of bringing people together in a positive expression, and also something that is really celebrating nature. Celebrating the great world in which we live which extends out beyond the world.”
Michelle Mishaan and Tracy Rockwell, who helped organize the event, thinks that it is an exciting idea for the community and students to come together.
Michelle Mishaan, Professor at University Maine of Presque Isle, says “I think after surviving the past two years, it’s really important to start bringing artists together. And collaborating, making work, and being part of something that is something else that is outside of ourselves, and gives us a sense of place.”
Tracy Rockwell, Director of Houlton Higher Education Center, explains “I always feel that if students have the opportunity to put the skills they are learning into action they retain knowledge better. And they become better suited for the business worlds.”
To learn more about this project and Dean’s work, visit www.henrydean.com. Isaac Potter News Source 8.
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The Isle of Hope Middle School #Fiddlernauts Student Astronaut Club has launched its new Bobcat Space Shuttle Simulator. The simulator is a vital component, supplementing math and problem-solving skills, in the students’ preparation to compete in NASA-University of Florida Student Astronaut Challenge.The simulator was funded by the Skidaway Island Rotary Club and built by the Bethesda Barn Builders, Rotarians and Isle of Hope #Fiddlernauts. It will provide an on-site environment that closely replicates the functions of the NASA ...
The Isle of Hope Middle School #Fiddlernauts Student Astronaut Club has launched its new Bobcat Space Shuttle Simulator. The simulator is a vital component, supplementing math and problem-solving skills, in the students’ preparation to compete in NASA-University of Florida Student Astronaut Challenge.
The simulator was funded by the Skidaway Island Rotary Club and built by the Bethesda Barn Builders, Rotarians and Isle of Hope #Fiddlernauts. It will provide an on-site environment that closely replicates the functions of the NASA competitive site, giving the Isle of Hope Middle Schooler’s Club an added benefit in practice time.
The #Fiddlernauts is an afterschool club which has 18-20 students from grades 6-8. The Club was started in the Fall of 2016 when Mr. Wade Smith, Mr. Darren Bagley-Heath and Ms. Carolyn Rethwisch first took a team of 12 students to compete in a Regional Student Astronaut Challenge competition in Richmond Hill. Over the past three years, the #Fiddlernauts have had tremendous success. In the most recent national 2019 Student Astronaut Challenge at Cape Kennedy, competing against 14 other top middle schools across several states, the #Fiddlernauts TEAM #1 (all girls team) placed 1st in the Space Shuttle Landing Challenge. With the additional help of Ms. Margaret Nease (GA Southern/Armstrong University), they also placed 1st in the Lab Challenge (“Powering small home appliances by using a car battery”). When all four of the challenges were averaged together, the #Fiddlernauts all-girls Team #1 was 2nd in the nation overall! Finally, to top off the celebrating, the crew of TEAM #1 once again brought home the Apollo 13 Teamwork Award. The award has only been given twice and this was the second consecutive year for the #Fiddlernauts. This is a HUGE feat for the young team.
This talented group of students is inspired and coached by Isle of Hope School 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year Ms. Carolyn Rethwisch and Dr. Barbara Serianni of GA Southern/Armstrong University. The Skidaway Rotary Club is proud to be able to support these outstanding young people and their mentors. The Skidaway Club’s primary goals are to support and stimulate Early Childhood Learning and Student Leadership. In developing this simulator, the potential to develop these IOH young people’s leadership skills is greatly enhanced. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT!
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Georgia drivers are one step closer to being able to showcase the Tybee Island lighthouse on their license plates. The city announced the winning plate design on Thursday, which features the state's oldest and tallest lighthouse against a clear blue sky.A panel of four judges including State Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah), who sponsored the license plate bill, and Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions...
Georgia drivers are one step closer to being able to showcase the Tybee Island lighthouse on their license plates. The city announced the winning plate design on Thursday, which features the state's oldest and tallest lighthouse against a clear blue sky.
A panel of four judges including State Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah), who sponsored the license plate bill, and Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions voted between two finalists. The group chose the design that reflects a more realistic portrayal of the city's centuries-old lightstation.
"The lighthouse is definitely a beacon, not only for Tybee, but also for Georgia," said Sessions.
Residents aren't able to tack the plate onto their cars just yet. In order for the new tag to become available to drivers, 1,000 pre-orders must be made in order for the bill to pass in the 2022 legislative session. Right now there's 350, said Tybee Island Historical Society (TIHS) Executive Director Sarah Jones.
Pre-orders must be made by January 2022 on tybeelighthouse.org.
Partial proceeds from the sales will go towards the TIHS, which will aid in the repainting of the lighthouse in the upcoming years, a $500,000 endeavor, according to Jones.
"I know Tybee is just one of those communities that gets in there in the ninth hour and gets it done," said Jones.
The plates are $27 to pre-order, $25 of which will go to the Tybee Island Historical Society. The other $2 pays for the online processing of the pre-order.
If the bill passes the 2022 legislative session, $25 from the pre-order will be deducted from the $55 total cost of the plate. If the bill doesn't pass, order holders don't get their money back. It will be considered a donation to the TIHS.
Jones points out that if the bill passes it will be a sustainable funding system for the TIHS. Every year people renew their tag, a percentage of the fee will continue to go towards the organization.
Petrea, who grew up on Isle of Hope, notes that this will be the first Georgia license plate to have a lighthouse design.
"I wanted to allow people to have a really neat, beautiful new tag that they didn't have previously," said Petrea, "and to do it in such a way that we help support the organization that preserves and protects it."
Nancy Guan is the general assignment reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @nancyguann.